Is that legal for me to do, doctor?!?
Do you know what the scope of practice is in your state? Why should you care what it is? You might ask, what's the big deal if I just do what the doctor asks me to do? Why should I care what the scope of practice is? Having a scope of practice is, in a perfect world, designed to reflect which procedures can be done safely and effectively based on the education and training of the person doing it — with the goal of protecting the patient. None of us wants someone working on us — in any capacity — who doesn't know what they're doing, whether it's a dental assistant or a doctor or an esthetician. More
Pat Pearson — Call for nominations
The American Dental Assistants Association is seeking nominations for the following officers for 2013: President-Elect, Vice-President and Secretary. Officers will serve a one-year term once elected. Active, life or special members are eligible to serve as officers and must have served as an ADAA State District Trustee or a member of an ADAA Council and elected officer of a state association. All nominations and volunteer forms must be received by the ADAA central office by June 30.
Texting while caring?
In last month's Dental Assisting Digest, we asked you to give us your thoughts about texting during office hours. We also asked for your opinion about using social media for, well, social purposes in the middle of an appointment with a patient. Here are the results. More
Partnership statement on oral health public service
A major national public awareness advertising campaign about oral health will start this summer. The American Dental Assistants Association, The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation, along with 35 other groups in the dental community, formed the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives and partnered with The Ad Council to produce this campaign. The Ad Council produces, distributes and promotes public service campaigns on behalf of non-profit organizations and government agencies in issue areas such as improving the quality of life for children, preventive health, education, community well being and strengthening families. More
A review of vitamin D as it relates to periodontal disease
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Vitamin D has classically been known as a "bone hormone." But recently, vitamin D has been found to play a role in respect to systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and periodontal disease. It has been reported that approximately 1 billion people worldwide are either vitamin D deficient or insufficient. More
Sink your teeth into saving a life
At the age of 33, performance artist and story teller Eva Grayzel was diagnosed with stage IV oral cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) on the left side of her tongue. Grayzel ate well, exercised regularly and had none of the risk factors commonly associated with oral cancer. She was a non-drinker who had never smoked. She was also the mother of two small children, Elena and Jeremy, ages five and seven. Nearly three years earlier, Grayzel had noticed a sore on the left side of her tongue. More
By losing weight you get healthier gums
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A group of researchers from the Case Western University School of Dental Medicine has found that the human organism is able to fight much better gum disease, if the inflammation triggering fat cells disappear first from the body. Initially, the study involved 31 patients struggling with obesity and gum disease. Approximately 50 percent of these patients have gone through gastric bypass surgery in order to have fat cells from the abdomen removed. These patients had an average body mass index of 39. More
Non-dental diseases your dentist can help diagnose
According to Dawn West, DMD, RN with Tuffs University School of Dental Medicine, when you go for a dental checkup you might actually be saving so much more than just your teeth or find out about other oral health related complications. West says that nowadays a dentist can detect several other diseases in their early stage, because the mouth is the gateway to your entire organism and there might be several important signs of other diseases existent in there. More
Committee passes Kentucky bill to improve oral health care at nursing homes
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Last year, a resident of a Western Kentucky nursing home contracted a potentially life-threatening gum infection because the staff never realized the person wore dentures and hadn't removed them for six months, according to a state citation. Some officials said the incident is reflective of a long standing problem in many nursing homes: The staff tends to ignore the oral health of residents. More
Study: Teeth erupt earlier in obese children
Rates of childhood obesity have increased dramatically in the U.S. over the past few decades. In 1980, 7 percent of children between the ages of 6 to 11 were obese; that rate reached 20 percent in 2008, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ... Now a new study in Obesity is shedding light on the role this trend may play in dental practitioners' treatment choices for younger patients. More