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The role of the dental assistant in addressing access to care
Judith Tuthill, RDH, MA, Director of Dental Assistant Program at Stony Brook University ,
School of Dental Medicine

Deamonte Driver was a seventh grader from Prince George's County, Md., who died of complications from an abscessed tooth on Feb. 25, 2007. Deamonte's life could have been saved by routine dental visits and an $80 extraction. Deamonte complained of a headache. His mother was unable to find a dentist to see him who would accept Medicaid patients, so she took her son to a hospital emergency room where he was given medicine for a headache, sinusitis and a dental abscess and sent home.
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An Interview with Diane Grondin
Oh the people I've met and the places I've been — as a result of my membership in ADAA — are priceless. I decided to become a dental assistant in the fall of my senior year in high school, as I had no particular plans after graduation. While sitting in the dental chair, I looked around and thought that I could do this. I liked the quiet and the classical music playing in the background. I attended Boston School of Dental Nursing in Boston graduating in 1963. It was a non -ADA CODA program, but a very good program with very strict instructors. Ten years later, I decided I needed to be certified. I enrolled in an evening program offered by the Northeastern-Tufts Dental Assisting Program, which was ADA CODA accredited.

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Brenda Trammel leaves bookkeeping to find a career as dental assistant
Chattanooga Times Free Press

Brenda Trammel spent countless hours staring at black and white numbers as the bookkeeper at a private firm. During tax seasons, she started work before the sun came up and ended her days well after midnight. Then one day during tax season in 2000, she was sitting in the chair at the dentist getting her teeth cleaned, and she realized she'd had enough. "I said to my dentist, 'I'm tired of doing what I do," she said. "I want to do what she does. And I pointed to her dental assistant."

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Fewer adults visiting the dentist
American Dental Association
The numbers speak for themselves, and they can't hide what's really going on in dentistry. Staff from the American Dental Association Health Policy Resources Center has translated some complicated analyses from a number of different data sources into a few basic facts. For one, fewer adults, no matter their income level, are visiting the dentist — a trend that started well before the Great Recession.
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The miraculous benefits of laser dentistry
Dental Health Magazine
The traditional dental drill emits strong vibrations, heat and a great deal of pressure in order to help prepare the tooth properly for a cavity filling. Some patients, even if under the power of an anaesthetic simply hate the dental drill because of its terrible sound. Everyone associates pain with the dental drill, but thanks to the advancements in medical technology, laser dentistry is here to get us rid of the pain and discomfort factor.
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Rise in demand for cosmetic dentistry
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Cosmetic dentistry takes the concept of dental health to the next level when feeling good merges with looking good to create an overall sense of well-being. Taking a leaf out of cosmetic surgery, the venture into cosmetic dentistry has paved the way for enhanced and superior facial transformations way more than simply straightening crooked teeth. For detractors, this is not an authentic science since it does not concern itself with treatment and cure as much as it is focused on image. In reality, however, modern-day cosmetic dentists have successfully merged both these fields to offer a comprehensive treatment package to their clients.
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Inflammation of the gingiva: The other reasons besides the obvious
Once you have clinically identified desquamative gingivitis, since all the causative entities can look clinically similar, the next step is to determine a definitive histologic diagnosis. This can be done with an incisional biopsy taken at the edge of a lesion so that the interface between normal and abnormal mucosa can be evaluated microscopically.
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Stronger support needed for healthy beverage practices in child care
Inside Dental Assisting
Support is needed in child care centers to help meet existing water policies and new water requirements included in the 2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, according to a study published by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. The study, published in the March/April 2013 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, is the first to document availability and accessibility of water in compliance with state and federal policy and accreditation standards in child care centers.
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Test may overestimate dental amalgam exposure
A common test used to determine mercury exposure from dental amalgam restorations may significantly overestimate the amount of the toxic metal released from these fillings, according to University of Michigan researchers. Scientists agree that dental amalgam fillings slowly release mercury vapor into the mouth. But both the amount of mercury released and the question of whether this exposure presents a significant health risk remain controversial, the study authors noted.
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Supreme Court of Iowa comes to a ruling
The Supreme Court of Iowa recently decided that a dentist did not engage in gender discrimination when he fired a dental assistant at the request of his wife. According to ABC TV news, the dentist found his assistant "irresistible." The dentist's attorney said that her "dress and behavior were inappropriate."

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Disaster response law recognizes dental role
American Dental Association
The 113th Congress and President Barack Obama, with one accord and little fanfare, produced public law offering disaster response opportunity for dentists and dental facilities long advocated by the profession and the ADA.

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7 tips for wage and hour compliance for dental practices
Even though many small dental practices may not be covered by federal employment laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination Act or even Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, most are covered by the federal wage and hour laws.

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Insight into periodontal health, disease
Medical News Today
Microbes from the human mouth are telling Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists something about periodontitis and more after they cracked the genetic code of bacteria linked to the condition. The finding, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, profiles the SR1 bacteria, a group of microbes present in many environments, ranging from the mouth to deep within the Earth, that have never been cultivated in the laboratory.
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Working with pediatric dental patients focus of the DALE Foundation's new online course
Dental assistants are always on the go and continually looking for ways to acquire new information and skills to keep up with the latest in oral health care. This is true not only for dental assistants working in a general dentistry setting but also for those working within in a specialty practice. In particular, members of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reported a need for more training resources for dental team members who work with pediatric patients. That's why the DALE Foundation collaborated with AAPD to develop its latest online certificate program: Behavioral Guidance and Management for the Pediatric Dental Patient.
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