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ADAA responds to oral health concerns in Oklahoma and Colorado
Both Oklahoma and Colorado are in the process of investigating oral surgeons who did not use standard infection control precautions, putting patients at risk. State and local health officials in Oklahoma are mailing over 7,000 notices to patients informing them that they need to be tested for HBV, HCV and HIV, while in Colorado, the Department of Public Health has informed 8,000 patients of possible exposure to HBV, HCV and HIV. At this time, three patients have tested positive for HCV that can be directly connected to the Colorado oral surgeon.
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See related story: ADA cites infection control resources as media focuses on Oklahoma oral surgeon (American Dental Association)

Exclusive interview with Susan Rogers of the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry on Dr. Scott Harrington
Dentistry IQ
Susan Rogers, who is the executive director of the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry, spoke with Kevin Henry of about the horrific situation involving Tulsa oral surgeon Dr. Scott Harrington. She shared her thoughts on the situation, what she saw in Harrington's practice, and what she believes will come of this black eye for dentists around the nation.
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Patients of Tulsa, Okla., oral surgeon line up to get tested
The Associated Press via MSN
About 150 to 200 patients of a Tulsa, Okla., oral surgeon accused of unsanitary practices queued outside a health clinic, hoping to discover whether they had been exposed to hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS. Letters began going out in stages Friday to 7,000 patients who had seen Dr. W. Scott Harrington during the past six years — warning them that poor hygiene at his clinics created a public health hazard. The one-page letter said how and where to seek treatment but couldn't explain why Harrington's allegedly unsafe practices went on for so long.
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Dental Economics' Infection Control columnist: Reassure patients about the safety of dental procedures after Tulsa, Okla.
Dentistry IQ
This weekend has been full of news reports of an Oklahoma oral surgeon who may have exposed as many as 7000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C over the past six years. The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry conducted a surprise investigation of the dentist’s two offices as a result of a patient who tested positive for HIV and hepatitis C. This patient had no known exposure risks except for treatment in the dental facility. As a result of their inspection, officials from the Oklahoma Board reported having observed numerous violations of infection control protocols, as well as improper dispensing and recording of medications and illegal administration of intravenous sedation by dental assistants.
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Proposed bill for registration of dental assistants in Nevada to be heard Wednesday, April 3
Shari Peterson, RDH, M.Ed., Nevada Dental Hygienists Association-Legislative Chair
The Nevada Dental Hygienists' Association has put forth AB 324 to the Nevada Legislature which would require all dental assistants in Nevada to have specific education and accountability in radiation safety and infection control. The bill asks for dental assistants to obtain and maintain CPR certification and also to successfully pass a jurisprudence test on the Nevada Dental Practice Act. Additionally the bill would allow for registration of dental assistants who have obtained their CDA. The bill directs the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners to separate the duties delegated to dental assistants and registered dental assistants.
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Coronal polishing
Robynn Rixse, CDA, EFDA, PDAA/LCDAS President
On April 29, 2010, House Bill 602/Act 19 was signed into law and officially became effective on June 28, 2010. This law expanded the scope of practice for Expanded Function Dental Assistants licensed in Pennsylvania to include coronal polishing, fluoride placement and taking impressions for athletic mouthguards. The SBOD also set new continuing education requirements for these procedures. In order to renew an EFDA license by the March 31, 2013 deadline all EFDA's (with three exceptions) must have completed a 3 credit hands on/lecture CE course on Coronal Polishing and Fluoride Placement. Due to the limited number of courses available and the desire to meet the needs of our members, the Lancaster County Dental Assistants Society began discussions with various associations, companies and organizations within the dental community to try and put together a high quality course that would meet the necessary continuing education requirements.
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In need of more
Hollie A. Bryant, RDA, Founder, Bryant Dental Consultants
Have you ever felt like your career in dentistry was at a stand still? That you really love what you do, but things are feeling a bit stale? Well, this can be a common symptom to any career, but it doesn't mean that you are at a dead end nearing the end of the road or even need a career change. Often times it can be as simple as changing up your daily routine for pateint care, or seeking out something more within your profession like expanding your career path in dentistry.
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Carolyn Breen: President American Dental Assistants Association
Inside Dental Assisting
The tooth fairy is real. In fact, she takes calls from a stately mahogany desk, wearing a white gown and wings. But today the tooth fairy is missing something. "I left my crown at home. So the tooth fairy is minus her crown today," says her humble alter ego, Carolyn Breen, EdD, CDA, RDA, RDH, who is a crusader for empowering people to pursue their educational goals in dental assisting. She is also president of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and Department Chair of Allied Dental Education at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Health Related Professions.
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Infection control and herpes simplex
The mucosal lining of the mouth can be a site and a portal for infection. Herpes infection is one of the diseases that love this area. In the dental setting, we need to be very aware of herpes and practice infection control measures to prevent the spread of this disease in the dental environment. Herpes simplex virus infection, often called a cold sore, is a disease that few people want to talk about, but everyone needs to know about.
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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.

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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.

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The miraculous benefits of laser dentistry
Dental Health Magazine
If you want to get rid of the dreaded dental drill, you should keep reading to find out about the best advantages of soothing laser dentistry procedures.

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Listen to your dental patients to learn more about sleep disorders
Surgical Restoration Resources
Don't assume the patient cares about their health — many people only want to minimize bed partner complaints. It's equally risky to focus only on snoring; you may be talking with someone from a family where every male member died young and he's read that sleep apnea has a cardiac effect. Bottom line: know your patient and you will gain keys to applying your knowledge.
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No bad dentist jokes allowed. Here are Hollywood's 25 best lines about oral care
Dentistry IQ
Most of the time, when the script for a movie or TV show takes a turn toward dental issues, it's easy to understand The Cringe. The Cringe is a familiar posture for every dentist, dental hygienist, or other dental professionals. The script is about to deliver a bad, insulting joke about what a horrible experience it is to visit a dentist. If you are watching the show with someone, you'll get the nudge, "Hey, they're talking about you! Guess you're not very popular, huh?"
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    The role of the dental assistant in addressing access to care (ADAA)
The miraculous benefits of laser dentistry (Dental Health Magazine)
An Interview with Diane Grondin (ADAA)
Brenda Trammel leaves bookkeeping to find a career as dental assistant (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Fewer adults visiting the dentist (American Dental Association)

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