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Effectively dealing with and adapting to change
ADAA
When change occurs, responses often include statements like "I like things the way they are," "this is the way we have always done it," I wish they had just left things the way they were." In order to effectively manage change, there are some strategies which may be helpful to better adapt to change. Change means growth, which is usually healthy. However, even the best changes in our lives have often been accompanied with a degree of stress and anxiety. Even good change is often hard with which to deal effectively and, change is almost always met with resistance. The person who initiates change is usually unpopular as, change breads unfamiliarity which requires courage.
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Call for nominations
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The American Dental Assistants Association is planning for the future and requests your assistance in nominating potential leaders for the coming year. All of us know a dental assistant who is highly motivated, organized, and thoughtful, with a passion for dental assisting and the ADAA. These are all qualities that are necessary for successful leaders.

Officers
Active, Life, or Special members are eligible to serve as officers and must have served as an ADAA State District Trustee or a member of an ADAA Council and elected officer of a State Association. Nominations are being accepted for the following offices for 2014.

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Dental assistants, there is a storm on the horizon. It's about time.
Dental Assisting Digest via Dentistry IQ
Dental assisting is a profession, and each of you should take every possible step to be the professional you should be and are expected to be by each patient who sits in your chair. Know what you can and can't do and be the professional who your patients think you are. — My hope is that the unlawful actions in Oklahoma will be the start of a change for dental assisting around the country. My hope is that dental assistants won't just trust what the dentist says, but will actually check the facts to see if they can take impressions, re-cement crowns, or apply sealants. Am I saying you shouldn't trust your dentist?
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Taking on technology in the dentist's office
By Jennifer Ireland
There's so much technology sometimes, our heads spin. When it comes to integrating and utilizing high-tech equipment in the dental office, dental assistants are essential. From intra-oral cameras and digital radiography to caries detection units and oral cancer screening devices there are so many amazing tools for communicating with our patients. Try following these tips to help your office successfully implement and utilize new technology.
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Don't be afraid of dentists
CNN (opinion)
It is disheartening and alarming to learn that as many as 7,000 patients are at risk of serious, life-threatening infections because of dentist W. Scott Harrington's alleged failure to follow "standard infection control guidelines" at his practice in a Tulsa, Okla., suburb. Around the country, people are asking: Are U.S. oral health services safe? The short answer is: Yes. But, patients should always check to make sure that their dental provider adheres to the strictest safety guidelines.
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Tips for dental assistants to demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to patient protection
Dentistry IQ
Over the last few weeks, there has been an onslaught of headlines about the oral surgeon in Oklahoma who was charged with numerous infection control violations and delegating prohibited duties to his dental assistants. There is no question that shocking stories like these give us all pause, as we reflect on patients and their families, as well as the potential long-term ramifications. We believe that news like this makes headlines because it is a rarity — most dentists and dental offices adhere to national infection control standards and state regulations.
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2 new ways to use the power of mobile marketing to acquire new dental patients
Dentistry IQ
A recent survey found that, astonishingly, almost 25 percent of patients say they would rather go a week without their toothbrush than a week without their mobile phone. There is no doubt that Americans love their mobile devices. In fact, the Pew Research Center reported that mobile tools such as smartphones and tablets are now a primary source of Internet connectivity.
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Special attention for Sjogren's syndrome in April
American Dental Association
More than 4 million Americans suffer from Sjogren's syndrome, according to the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation, and the syndrome is in the spotlight in April, which is national Sjogren's Awareness Month. With Sjogren's syndrome, a person's white blood cells attack his or her moisture-producing glands. The disease is often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed, says the SSF.
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Panel: Lack of evidence on oral cancer screening
Reuters
There is not enough evidence to recommend for or against screening for oral cancer, a government-backed panel said today, due to a lack of data on possible benefits and harms tied to screening. The most common causes of oral cancer are cigarette smoking and alcohol as well as the sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV. The American Cancer Society estimates 36,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013 and close to 7,000 will die of the disease.
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Hu-Friedy is committed to inspiring performance by uniting and educating dental professionals worldwide, which is why we are pleased to offer several free live webinars starting in 2013 that will help you perform at your best. All courses will feature a renowned industry expert who specializes in the course topic.

The first two webinars, "Advanced Dental Implant Care," focus on the assessment and maintenance of implants. Guided by Lynn Mortilla, RDH, a fellow in the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries, you will gain a greater understanding of the keys to assessing and caring for patients’ implants with the proper treatment protocols. For additional information or to register for these one credit continuing education webinars, please go to www.hu-friedy.com/webinars.

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Development of wisdom teeth in children may be affected by dental anesthesia
Medical News Today
Researchers from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine have discovered a statistical association between the injection of local dental anesthesia given to children ages 2 to 6 and evidence of missing lower wisdom teeth. The results of this epidemiological study, published in the April issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association, suggest that injecting anesthesia into the gums of young children may interrupt the development of the lower wisdom tooth.
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Is gingivitis contagious?
Dentistry IQ
Gingivitis is a gum disease caused by bacterial infection. It gets transmitted by kissing, coughing, sneezing and even by sharing food through glass and cups. Some doctors think that gingivitis is contagious, but some others deny it. The bacteria responsible for causing gingivitis grows and multiplies in saliva. When an infected person shares any food item with a healthy person, the bacteria gets transferred from the infected to the healthy person through saliva.
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Rise in demand for cosmetic dentistry
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Cosmetic dentistry takes the concept of dental health to the next level when feeling good merges with looking good to create an overall sense of well-being.

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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 went out in stages 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.

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DANB statement on delegating duties to dental assistants
PRWeb via Inside Dental Assisting
The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry filed a 17-count complaint against a Tulsa, Oklahoma, oral surgeon, with charges of being a menace to public health and of gross negligence.

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Oral healthcare and psychology are intertwined
The Washington Times
Oral and dental health issues are intimately related. Psychological well-being can affect oral health and oral health can affect one's psychological well-being. Add to the mix is odontophobia, a psychological condition depicting an irrational and overwhelming fear of dentistry. Estimates suggest about 75 percent of adults experience some degree of "dental fear," with 5 to 10 percent suffering ondontophobia.
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Are your teeth making you fat?
Dental Health Magazine
The American public generally has a good idea of what contributes to obesity. Very few people believe, for example, that eating a box of cookies will ultimately be good for your stomach. But more and more, we're seeing some unorthodox explanations as to what may be contributing to obesity. One of those suggestions: the quality of food and the bacterial flora happily existing in your mouth.
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Dental amalgam: Anti-mercury movement pushes for shift in dentistry (Chicago Tribune)
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