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Apr. 24, 2012
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Truth or dare: Common myths of membership in the ADAA
American Dental Assistants Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
During the Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta last month, I had the opportunity to participate in the ADAA Round Tables, explains Claudia Pohl, president of the American Dental Assistants Association. As I spent time with dental assistants from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Ohio, I had the chance to find out what it's like to practice dental assisting in each of those states. We live thousands of miles apart, and while some things are very different, things are also very much the same. More



Managing sharps and other hazardous waste in the dental office
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Waste materials are routinely generated during the provision of oral healthcare. Most of this waste is nonhazardous and can be managed in the same way as household waste. However, some products used in dental practices can pose a risk to humans or the environment if discarded into landfills or poured down drains. These types of waste are regulated and must therefore be managed separately. Typically, two types of regulated waste are generated as a result of dental care: regulated medical waste and hazardous chemical waste. These two types of waste each necessitate their own procedures and have different requirements for labeling, storage, disposal, and record keeping. More

Flossing is good for the gums, but doesn't help the heart
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Think flossing and brushing is helping to fight off heart disease and stroke? Think again. An expert panel of dentists and cardiologists, writing in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, says there is no evidence that treating or preventing gum disease has any direct effect on heart health. More

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The importance of the age 1 dental appointment
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Experts are urging prevention as key to helping to establish lifelong oral health. Dental visits should begin with the appearance of a child's first tooth, typically at 6 months of age but no later than 1 year of age. Dental caries is the most prevalent infectious disease in children, with more than 40 percent of children having caries by kindergarten. Yet too few practices are seeing children this young; several reasons may account for this. More

Joint failures potentially linked to oral bacteria
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The culprit behind a failed hip or knee replacements might be found in the mouth. DNA testing of bacteria from the fluid that lubricates hip and knee joints had bacteria with the same DNA as the plaque from patients with gum disease and in need of a joint replacement. More



Risk of blood-vessel constriction linked to gum disease may be increased by specific protein
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A protein involved in cellular inflammation may increase the risk of plaque containing blood vessels associated with inflammatory gum disease, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2012 Scientific Sessions in Chicago. More

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Study hints at why gums suffer with age
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A new study published in Nature Immunology reveals that the deterioration in gum health which often occurs with increasing age is associated with a drop in the level of a chemical called Del-1. The researchers say that understanding more about Del-1 and its effects on the body's immune system could help in the treatment or prevention of serious gum disease. More

Root canal therapy then and now: Treatments, materials and technology used
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A few decades ago, a root canal treatment simply meant torture for the patient. However, nowadays the root canal treatments are painless and thanks to the technology and instruments used by the dentist, root canals are highly efficient, too. More



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How exercise could lead to a better brain
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The value of mental-training games may be speculative, as Dan Hurley writes in his article on the quest to make ourselves smarter, but there is another, easy-to-achieve, scientifically proven way to make yourself smarter. Go for a walk or a swim. For more than a decade, neuroscientists and physiologists have been gathering evidence of the beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But the newest findings make it clear that this isn't just a relationship; it is the relationship. More

Demand for dentist anesthesiologists on the rise
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There is a growing demand for dentist anesthesiologists to treat pediatric patients but a lack of available practitioners able to meet it in every region of the U.S., according to a study in Anesthesiology Progress. Nearly 70 percent of the pediatric dentists that participated in the study stated that they would use a dentist anesthesiologist if one were available. More

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Dental students underreport occupational injuries
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Forgetfulness, negligence, working alone, and failure to use personal protective equipment are some of the reasons behind occupational exposures to infectious biological material among dental students, according to a study presented at the recent American Association for Dental Research conference. But students often don't report these exposures, the study authors found. More
REMINDER: 2012 Annual Session Awards Nominations
DEADLINE IS JUNE 30
New Member Involvement Award — To a member who has shown the most outstanding achievement in promoting the objectives of ADAA.

ADAA President's Award of Excellence - To a member who has shown the most outstanding achievements in promoting ADAA (underwritten by Henry Schein) $500.

Loyal Assistant Award - To a member who has demonstrated loyalty as well as longevity in service to their employer; need not be present to win.

ADAA/Sunstar Americas Pride Awards - Presented to a member who believes in loyalty to self as well as the profession of dental assisting, Categories include: Clinical Assistant, Business/Administrative Assistant, Educator and Federal Services; $250 plus a donation of $250.00 to the ADAA Foundation in the name of the recipient.

For complete details and guidelines on all awards, visit: http://www.dentalassistant.org/Content/Details/ADAA-Awards
 
 

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