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State of the art dental practice. State of the art infection control?
By Lori Paschall, CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, FADAA
Welcome to the 21st Century! In the modern techno-savvy, state-of-the-art world that we currently live in, we continue to want everything to be completed quicker and run faster. This is great if you are waiting for a burger or downloading the latest tunes on your iPod, however there are still some things that will require attention to detail. When we are considering the "latest and greatest" technology for the practice, we often tend to look at things like new opportunities in CADCAM imaging or the best options in digital radiography. How often is there a consideration in updating the technology in the sterilization area?
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How can young dental office manager gain respect?
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: I'm a new dental office manager and I'm only in my late 20s. I realize there is a lot to learn. How can I get my team to trust and respect me?
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Vaccines provide vital dose of immunity
Inside Dental Assisting
Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as whooping cough, have been associated with infected healthcare personnel and, in recent years, have led to increased awareness regarding the need for HCP immunization. This has even resulted in multiple states requiring certain vaccines, notably influenza, for HCP. While not all vaccines are 100 percent effective, they play an important role in the achievement of community immunity, which means a critical number of people have been vaccinated against a disease.
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High-tech teeth: Dentistry is going digital
USA Today
Suffer a cracked or broken tooth and your dentist is likely to recommend a crown, a custom-fitted cap to cover it and restore the tooth's shape, strength and appearance. Traditionally that meant having a model of the tooth and surrounding area made using a mold, sending the impression to a dental laboratory to make the crown, having a temporary restoration put in place, waiting a week or more for the finished crown to be sent back to the dentist's office and returning for a second visit where the temporary is removed and the new crown is cemented into place.
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Tyler Winter CDA, RDA, LDA
Maxillofacial surgical assistant Sanford Health Fargo, ND

Inside Dental Assisting
As a maxillofacial surgical assistant, Tyler Winter, CDA, RDA, LDA, says that every day is both rewarding and challenging. "I love a good challenge," he says. "My colleagues are very creative problem solvers, coming up with new ideas and approaches — everything from patient communication to advanced technology to treatment planning. The dental assistants I've known are hardworking, passionate, and creative."
Editor's note: Although this article originally published in 2012, we believe it is still relevant.

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Expanding body of research demonstrates link between oral health and overall health
The Globe and Mail
When Toronto dentist Uche Odiatu examines a patient with good oral hygiene whose gums are bleeding more than normal during a cleaning or procedure, he views it as a potential red flag. "I pay careful attention when I see a patient who is brushing properly, flossing and seeing us three or four times a year and yet has this hyper-inflammatory response," says Odiatu. "I often advise him or her to see a medical doctor and have some blood work done, because it could indicate another systemic disease in the body."
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Preparation, knowledge key in fighting West Nile virus
By Katy Bynum
Several counties in North Texas — one of the hardest hit regions by West Nile virus in recent years — have announced a coordinated effort to prevent and monitor the spread of the mosquito-borne infectious disease. Texas reported 172 cases of WNV in 2013, resulting in 13 deaths, and 2,347 cases were reported nationally, with 114 deaths. WNV season officially begins in April and runs through November; however, the virus can be transmitted year-round — whenever mosquitoes are biting. Unfortunately, predicting how severe the upcoming WNV season is difficult.
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New blood pressure guidelines may take millions of Americans off meds
HealthDay News via Yahoo Health
About 5.8 million American adults may no longer be prescribed drugs to treat high blood pressure under recently revised guidelines, according to a new study. In February, the Eighth Joint National Committee released controversial guidelines that relaxed blood pressure goals in adults 60 and older from 140/90 to 150/90. The guidelines also eased blood pressure targets for adults with diabetes and kidney disease.
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When connecting with a dentist doesn't mean an office visit
Los Angeles Daily News via Kaiser Health News
Inside a South Los Angeles classroom filled with plastic dinosaurs, building blocks, stuffed animals and Dr. Seuss books, Mireya Rodriguez counts Hendryk Vaquero's teeth and looks for cavities. At just 4 years old, he already has nine stainless steel crowns and multiple fillings, and his gums show signs of inflammation and infection. Since a check-up more than three months ago, he's lost a couple of teeth, including a capped tooth his mom pulled out after it started bleeding.
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Building patient relationships
By Lori Paschall, CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, FADAA
The field of dentistry is unlike any other field of medicine in that it is completely built on relationships. The business assistant is usually the first person that a patient comes into contact with, either by phone or in person. How are you cultivating the relationships that you have with your patients?

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E-cigarette poisoning on the rise
MedPage Today
Poisonings from electronic cigarettes and their nicotine liquid have increased dramatically, the CDC reported. Calls to poison control centers for e-cigarette exposures rose from one per month when monitoring started in September 2010 to 215 per month as of February 2014, Kevin Chatham-Stephens, M.D., of the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues found.

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5 creative ways to get new patients
Dental Economics
Let's face it. Dentistry is a people profession. In fact, most health-care professions fall into this category. The best way to meet new people, who you hope will eventually become new patients, is to open your doors. People want to feel welcome. The reason internal referrals are the most valuable form of practice growth is because new patients who are directly referred to you already have a sense of trust.

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Emergency department dental care continues to increase other costs
Dentistry Today
More and more people are visiting emergency medical departments for dental care, based on a study by the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. The problem is particularly prevalent in low-income communities. The problems come from the fact that many people have no option but to visit the emergency room after experiencing intense dental pain. But many emergency departments don’t have the ability or the equipment to handle such situations.
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Appropriate use of 'cold sterile' solutions for dentistry
Dental Economics
Dental practices have long relied on high-level disinfectant/sterilants as part of the instrument reprocessing protocol. I can remember the days of using simple quaternary ammonium compounds or "quats" that were not high-level disinfectants, but we referred to them as the "cold sterile" solution. The use of these solutions as high-level disinfectants was banned by the Food and Drug Administration in the 1980s, and solutions that contained glutaraldehydes became the accepted cold sterile solutions.
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