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Stand up and be recognized as a dental assistant scholar
DentistryIQ
Dental assistants must acquire highly technical knowledge and understanding of procedures, materials, and other advances used in the practice of dentistry. After all, they're the ones who typically set up a procedure, anticipate every step, and educate patients. In addition, assistants are tasked with assuring the safety of the dental team and patients through performing a majority of the infection control protocols and managing the hazardous communication program.
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4 ways to manage a happy dental practice (that you may not want to hear)
DentistryIQ
I know what you're thinking, writes Lisa Newburger, LISW-S. "Go ahead. Tell me. How do I help manage a happy dental practice?" You've probably read about this over and over again and believe there's nothing new to say on the subject. Well, I'm going to be brutally honest. (Your staff can’t afford the political fallout of being so honest with each other, so I'll do it.) The secret (drum roll please) is to pay your staff more money. More money? Really? Yes, really.
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How can dental assistant ask for a raise?
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: I'm a dental assistant and I feel I'm underpaid. It's been over two years since I received any sort of raise, and that was a small "cost of living" raise. I need to work up the nerve to ask the dentist for a raise. I feel like he can afford it and that business is good. Can you please share some tips for the best way to approach him? He's well known in the office for his mood swings, so I know I need to catch him in a good mood. What do I say? Or, do you think I should ask the Front Office Manager since she's my supervisor? I admit the dentist makes me a little nervous sometimes. And asking for a raise makes me nervous too, no matter who I ask.
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The connection between mouth bacteria and inflammation in heart disease
Medical News Today
Oral infections are the most common diseases of mankind and are also a key risk factor for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death worldwide. In a review article published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers summarize the latest clinical evidence supporting a link between oral infections, which are caused by the bacteria in our mouth, and heart disease, and they emphasize the important role of inflammation in both of these conditions.
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'Dialing for Dollars' makes those dreaded collection calls fun for the dental staff
DentistryIQ
Amanda Weber, MHA, writes: "I'm always surprised at the number of dentists who do not know that collection calls are an extension of exemplary customer service. Collection calls should be viewed as part of patient retention. Sometimes the front office does not collect copays at the time of a patient's visit. The other scenario is that insurance may have denied a claim. At my practice, we believe collection calls need to be done immediately before statements. I make collection calls around the 15th of each month.
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From 1 to 50, the best and worst states to work in a dental practice
Dental Products Report
For many of us, we're pretty partial to where we live and work. We think it's a great place with a lot of great features. Maybe you love that you're close to the mountains or ocean. Maybe you love the big-city vibe or the small-town feel. Maybe you think this is the best place to raise a family or the best place to be single and free. Maybe, just maybe, it's the place where you were born and raised and you can’t imagine living anywhere else.
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Looking to share your dental assisting expertise?
Multibriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of ADAA Online 24/7, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ADAA, your knowledge of the dental assisting industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Dental plaque can be used for disease prediction and treatment
Dental Tribune
Researchers from Canada have suggested that dental plaque, a bacterial biofilm formed on dental surfaces, can be used to predict, identify and treat diseases. In a recently established laboratory, they collect and analyze plaque samples to screen for biomarkers that correlate with certain oral and systemic conditions, such as diabetes.
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