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The dental assistant's guide to dental equipment maintenance
Dentistry IQ
Most dental assistants don't walk around with a tool belt on their waists, but in many offices when a piece of equipment does not work properly it's the assistant that often springs to action. In addition to all of the clinical responsibilities they have — from patient care to ordering supplies to administrative responsibilities — equipment maintenance is an important skill for dental assistants. Proper maintenance of dental equipment not only helps alleviate the possibility of sudden problems, but can also help to extend the life of the equipment. We tend to know what needs to be done on a day-to-day basis, but what needs to be done on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis?
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Hawaii girl died from drugs used during dental procedure
DrBicuspid
Finley Puleo Boyle went into cardiac arrest and lapsed into a coma during extensive dental procedures on Dec. 3 by Lilly Geyer, DMD, a dentist at Island Dentistry for Children in Kailua. She died on Jan. 3. Honolulu Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Christopher Happy said the girl received five drugs in preparation for restorations and root canals: Demerol, hydroxyzine, chlorohydrate, nitrous oxide and a local anesthetic, lidocaine with epinephrine, according to a nydailynews.com story.
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Tulsa dentist accused of exposing patients to HIV scheduled to face Oklahoma Board of Dentistry in June
DentistryIQ
Tulsa dentist Dr. Scott Harrington has been on trial for the last year for putting patients at risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, but it hasn't been in a courtroom. After finding unsanitary conditions at Harrington’s Atlanta Place dental office in last March, more than 4,000 patients were tested for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. In September, genetic tests confirmed that at least one patient contracted hepatitis C from Harrington's office.
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Should associate be compensated for time spent on X-rays?
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: I am an associate currently working as an independent contractor for an office where they do not provide any compensation for the X-rays taken on patients. The office manager says that the reason is because the assistant takes the X-rays and he/she gets the credit for completing that action while the doctor gets the credit of the exam. By definition of the exam, it includes the use of any aids, including images present.
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How you should be communicating with patients on social media
Dental Products Report
Dental social posts are great to build your practice, but as Stephanie Pietrantonio Lodding, RDH, explains, it's just as important to show your practice’s personality. Here's help.
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The safety, efficacy and value of water fluoridation in oral healthcare
Medical News Today
Community water fluoridation and other fluoride modalities historically have been and remains the cornerstone for the prevention and control of dental caries. There is extensive evidence on the efficacy and cost‐effectiveness of these interventions as well as assessments of the risks associated with fluoride ingestion.
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Losing patients to new dental insurance plan?
By Jill Nesbitt
Do you have a large employer in your town? Have you seen what happens when this employer changes dental insurance plans — especially if the company switches to a plan that you have not joined? People believe they can only go to the dentist when they have dental insurance. And even if you have taken care of a patient for 10 years, most will switch to another dentist when insurance changes occur. This is maddening for dentists who work hard to provide high-quality care and develop a nice relationship only to feel cut off at the knees by the insurance plan. So, what can you do?
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NCAA players ignore advice on mouth guards, often at their own peril
The New York Times
As one of the three doctors who travel with the UCLA men's basketball team, Ray Padilla had a seat behind the bench throughout the Bruins’ run in the N.C.A.A. tournament. Being UCLA's team dentist for 16 years has its perks. It also brings its share of frustration. Padilla is considered one of the most outspoken medical professionals in the country when it comes to advising Division I men's basketball players to wear mouth guards during games. But his guidance continues to go unheeded.
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New TB screening guidelines overseas save US estimated $15 million
Belleville News Democrat
Updated CDC recommendations for overseas tuberculosis (TB) screening of immigrants and refugees have identified hundreds of cases that otherwise would have gone undetected until after arrival in the United States, saving taxpayers an additional $15 million in medical costs.
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Manage your dental office schedule
By Jill Nesbitt
One of the most critical responsibilities an office manager has is to manage the schedule. The dentist wants it to be productive. The hygienists want it to be full. The assistants want it to have enough time to turn over rooms and catch up on cleaning instruments.

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What products to avoid and what products work best with autistic patients
Dental Products Report
As the number of children diagnosed with autism continues to grow, it’s important for you and your team members to know what products to avoid and what products work best when treating patients on the autism spectrum in your practice.

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The value of speaking Spanish in your dental office
DentistryIQ
The demographic of Spanish-speaking patients is steadily increasing, and this occurrence isn't just relegated to portions of the country nearest Mexico, Cuba, and other Spanish-speaking countries. The U.S. is a melting pot of nationalities, and it’s important to ensure that your dental practice doesn't inadvertently lose potential clients simply because of a language barrier.

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Tooth loss linked to depression and anxiety
Medical News Today
Tooth loss from caries and periodontal disease is an outcome from complex, chronic conditions. Several biopsychosocial factors are involved, including accessing care. Individuals reporting dental anxiety may avoid dental care; and individuals with depression may be negligent in self-care. In this study, researchers examined a potential association of tooth loss with depression and anxiety.
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Researchers: Gum chewing linked to headaches in children
The Journal of the American Dental Association
Chewing gum often is responsible for headaches in young children and teenagers, say researchers in the January issue of Pediatric Neurology. A research team consecutively recruited 30 patients ranging in age from 6 to 19 years who had chronic migraine or tension headaches and chewed gum between one and six hours per day.
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Protein plays key role in infection by oral pathogen
ScienceDaily
The protein, Transgultaminase 2 is a key component in the process of gum disease, researchers have discovered. Periodontal, or gum, disease is one of the most common infectious diseases. In its more severe forms, such as periodontitis, it causes loss of the bone that supports the teeth. Approximately 65 million adults in the United States are affected by some form of the disease. PG is the major causative agent of periodontitis, and it may also be involved in the development of systemic diseases such as atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
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