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April 13, 2010
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Alaska dental assistant performs additional duty
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Staff Sergeant Jennifer LaPlante, an Air Force dental assistant stationed at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska, works as a volunteer for the base Wildlife Service. LaPlante was tasked with helping to perform "den checks." After the mother bear (sow) was sedated by authorities, LaPlante, holding a flashlight between her teeth, crawled headfirst into a 20-foot-long den, while two wildlife agents held on to her feet. The cubs were retrieved to have their vitals recorded and blood drawn by LaPlante. More

DA Review Committee call for nominations
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If you are interested in being nominated for the DA Review Committee or know someone who you think might be interested and eligible, please, forward the information to them. There is also a position open for dental assisting practitioner. The date for ADA DARC form has been extended to April 29. Click here to review the criteria for nominees. The nomination form can be found here. More

Housing available for the 2010 Annual Session in Orlando, Fla.
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The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) encourage your attendance at the 2010 Annual Session in Orlando, Fla. The annual session is your source for continuing education, networking and up-to-the-minute news for you in the dental field. For more information on the 2010 ADAA Annual Session click here. More

WHO admits shortcomings in handling flu pandemic
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Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's top influenza expert, said the U.N. agency's six-phase system for declaring a pandemic had sown confusion about the flu bug which was ultimately not as deadly as the widely-feared avian influenza. "The reality is there is a huge amount of uncertainty (in a pandemic). I think we did not convey the uncertainty. That was interpreted by many as a non-transparent process," Fukuda said. More

New Web site design unveiled by the American Dental Association
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After a year and a half of extensive research, planning and design, the American Dental Association announced the unveiling of its new, enhanced Web site,, encompassing the latest elements of Web-development technology. "The new represents the collective input from our members and the public and provides enhanced navigation tools for easier access to the wealth of oral health information we have online," said Dr. Ronald L. Tankersley, ADA president. "This information includes tools needed for practice management and continuing education as well as news about the latest developments in oral health care." More

Research suggests poor gamer diets could lead to tooth decay
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A recent study conducted by the University of Iowa suggests that children who spend considerable amounts of time playing video games have a much higher chance to develop cavities and other dental health problems when compared to those who don't play. With video games making a dramatic shift from obesity enabler to fitness tool, a new health scare has hit the medium in the form of the University of Iowa's study linking dental health issues to gaming. More

Study concludes Pulpdent sealant has longer-lasting antibacterial activity
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A recent study published in the Journal of Dentistry concluded that Pulpdent's Embrace Pit and Fissure Sealant had the longest-lasting antibacterial activity of those studied. The study, titled "Antibacterial surface properties of fluoride-containing resin-based sealants" was conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. More

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