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Combine conventional and digital methods to maximize shade matching
Inside Dental Assisting
Shade determination requires dental professionals to understand the science of color, as well as the shade and surface characteristics of teeth. Additionally, dentists must be able to effectively communicate this information to the laboratory, where ceramists are then tasked to interpret the shade information and choose the correct ceramic materials and shades to create highly esthetic restorations that appear indistinguishable from the patient’s surrounding dentition. This article provides current perspectives and information about shade-taking technologies and the advancements and techniques facilitating this process.
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The 12 weirdest things a coworker has ever done inside a dental practice
Dental Practice Management
Let's face it and be honest here. We've all had that one job where that one person worked with us … and we wondered what was wrong with that person. I mean, he or she might have been perfectly nice and treated us perfectly fine … but there was just something different about him or her, writes Kevin Henry, group editorial director for Advanstar Dental Media who has more than 15 years of experience in the dental publications field.
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How to handle team members who have a verbal confrontation
Dental Practice Management
Kathy at the front desk has been with the dentist since the practice opened more than 20 years ago. Judy, the hygienist, feels like Kathy isn't keeping her schedule full.

Judy has become resentful and agitated with Kathy. It's to the point that Judy snubs Kathy openly when there are holes in her schedule. Other team members have noticed it and are becoming afraid of how she'll react. They don't want to get Judy mad at them.

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Hand hygiene compliance in the dental setting
Inside Dentistry
In healthcare settings, hand hygiene is consistently shown to be the most effective and simple means of preventing the transmission of infectious diseases. Studies demonstrating the effectiveness of hand washing in disease prevention date back over a century and a half and occur mostly in in-patient settings. Clean hands are equally important in dental settings, as they afford protection for both the patient and the dental professional. Yet compliance in healthcare settings is estimated to be less than 50 percent.
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Do you really need that dental software?
By Jill Nesbitt
Recently, I was approached by a new software company that wanted to sell its product to my clients. They were kind enough to send me a video so I could become familiar with their product. As I watched the video, I realized they had a sharp presentation with a good-looking software product, but there was a dirty little secret: You don't need it. You do not need their software. You can save your practice money every month.
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Why I chose dental assisting school, and I'm glad I did!
DentistryIQ
Nilaja Whitaker, who has a BA in English from Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina, and is an RDA in Texas, writes: "I was 36-years-old and very pregnant with my third baby. I'm a military wife, and I'd been a stay-at-home mom. Our family had been living in Texas for a little over a year, but I had not been to a dentist for a few years, so I made an appointment. I was a little nervous, very guarded, and quite self-conscious about my growing belly. I just wanted to get in and get out of the dentist’s office! I was not excited about going, but I knew it was something that had to be done."
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What to do when the dental assistant says she 'feels like the maid'
Dental Practice Management
Kelly has been a dental assistant for almost a year. She’s well-liked by the team because she seems to do her job efficiently … setting trays, turning over rooms, greeting patients, and even trying the Pride Institute communication skills. That's fine. She likes being liked. She doesn't like to make waves, but she has noticed that more and more dishes are showing up in the sink. She used to just do a mug here and a dish there. She liked to be seen as useful, so she’d just do them. As she became more familiar with the full duties associated with her job, she kept doing dishes while also trying to keep up. Now she's kept so busy as an assistant that dishes are piling up in the sink. It was never her job in the first place. No one said she had to do the dishes. She did them to be nice, but now she's noticing that no one else is doing them. The dishes pile up waiting to be done.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Ethical dilemmas in dental assisting (DentistryIQ)
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Data is no less secure even as HIPAA enforcement is here
By Lindy Benton
The headlines are endless and ever-growing: Healthcare data is at risk. However, despite continued efforts to address security loopholes across the sector, simply "taking action" to mitigate damage is not an effective strategy, and it won't work long term. Healthcare data is becoming increasingly targeted. According to an Identity Theft Resource Center report, for example, healthcare accounted for 42.5 percent of major data breaches in 2014, overtaking the business sector for the second straight year.
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Tooth Fairy pays record $255 million for lost teeth in 2014
Dental Products Report
Kids are benefiting from the recovering U.S. economy with the average gift from the Tooth Fairy reaching a new high of $4.36 last year — up from $3.50 in 2013, according to Delta Dental's The Original Tooth Fairy Poll®. In 2014, the Tooth Fairy left a staggering $255 million for lost teeth based on Delta Dental estimates.
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The science behind using humor and gratitude to motivate your team
Fast Company
Track and marketing actually have a lot in common. Individuals are part of a larger team, but most of the work they do is on their own.
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