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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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Emotional intelligencetTrumps IQ in dentist-patient relationship
ScienceDaily
IQ directly relates to how students perform on tests in the first two years of dental school. But emotional intelligence (EI) trumps IQ in how well dental students work with patients, report researchers from Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine and Weatherhead School of Management.
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Gum disease considerations: Beyond dental health
Dental Health Magazine
Gum disease affects so much more than just your dental health, and this is a widely accepted statement by the best dental health specialists. Gum disease is basically an infection of your gums, where the bacterial infection might cause gum swelling, and even very dangerous scarring to the gum tissue.
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Using color in the dental office
Dental Economics
It is not unusual for dentists to ask us, "What is the best color scheme for a dental office?" We love this question because it means they're thinking about the impact of color. The answer however, isn't as "cookbook" as you might want it to be. Even so, we offer the following ideas on what we find makes color selection successful.
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What makes an excellent dental assistant?
DentistryIQ
Dr. Gordon Christensen answers questions from readers and offers his answers based on research, dentists' opinions worldwide, and personal observation.
 In this video, Christensen examines what he believes are the most important characteristics of an excellent dental assistant.
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Credit guidelines: The secret weapon to reduce stress and increase collections
By Jan Keller
When was the last time you and your team had a meeting to review and collaborate on your expectations regarding collections? If you're like many, the honest answer is "never." No surprise, then, that most administrative team members are frustrated. The doctor wants them to "collect the money" and "make sure the patients pay," but that is the only guidance they are given. The good news is implementing an effective payment system is not difficult, if you follow a few simple rules.
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HHS offers cultural diversity guide
American Dental Association
It was a miscommunication in health care gone awry. A first responder misinterpreted a single Spanish word, "intoxicado," to mean "intoxicated" rather than its intended meaning of "feeling sick to the stomach," according to the account of a misunderstanding that led to a delay in diagnosis, which resulted in a potentially preventable case of quadriplegia and, ultimately, a $71 million malpractice settlement.
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More than 4 million US children have unmet dental needs
Dental Tribune International
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, about 6 percent of U.S. children under 18 had unmet dental needs in 2011. Through analysis of national health data and parent interviews, the center's investigators found that uninsured children and children from single-parent families were particularly affected.
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NBI shows promise in oral cancer detection
NBI shows promise in oral cancer detection
Endoscopic narrow-band imaging (NBI) is more effective than broadband white light imaging in detecting high-grade dysplasia and carcinomatous lesions in oral leukoplakia, according to a new study in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. For the study, a team of researchers from Taiwan investigated the clinical efficacy of using BWL to observe morphologic appearance, NBI to observe intraepithelial microvasculature, and both to detection high-grade dysplasia and carcinoma in oral leukoplakia.
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ADAAF ANNOUNCES CONTEST FOR STATES
The contest, which started in January and goes through Sept. 15 — the state that contributes the most money to the Foundation during that time will win their entire delegate registrations paid by the ADAAF! Click here for more details!



Who gets priority at the front desk of the dental office? Caller or visitor?
Dentistry IQ
Question: This is an ongoing problem in our office — A patient is at the front desk checking out and the phone rings. Who should get priority service, the person standing at the desk or the person calling? Why?
Answer: From Teresa Duncan, MS, FADIA, FAADOM, speaker and writer at Odyssey Management: Juggling is one of the many talents of a receptionist.

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What the 'rinse-and-spit' oral cancer test could mean for dental professionals and their patients
Dentistry IQ
A new oral cancer "rinse-and-spit" test for the early detection of tumors could mean great things for dental professionals and their patients when the test becomes available for use in dental practices nationwide possibly as early as late 2014 or into 2015.
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ADAA Education and Credentialing of Dental Assistants
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ADAA is the voice of dental assistants to the public and to all professional communities of interest. ADAA in collaboration with other notable professional organizations is working to advance and promote initiatives for quality care and patient protection in meeting the current and changing needs of the dental community. Our ability to be flexible and open-minded in adapting to the evolving health care environment is critical to our future as allied dental professionals and to our ability to best serve the public.

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How dentists can deliver bad news with sensitivity, support
DrBicuspid
Dental professionals need to ensure that they deliver bad news to patients in a sensitive and supportive way, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Using communication to address potential concerns related to diagnosis will help ensure that the patient understands the importance of compliance with further testing and referrals.

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PolitiFact Oregon: Fluoride opponents say stats show Multnomah County, Ore., has 15th lowest cavity rate nationally
The Oregonian
Portland, Ore., residents will vote in May on whether to add fluoride to the city's drinking water. This is a long-running, divisive and emotional issue for people on both sides. Supporters say fluoridated water is the best way to strengthen teeth, especially for vulnerable children who lack access to regular dental care.

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Lollipops with licorice-root extract inhibit perio pathogens
DrBicuspid.com
Sugar-free lollipops containing glycyrrhizol A successfully beat back the prominent oral pathogens Streptococcus mutans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, and Prevotella intermedia, at least in the laboratory. A University of Iowa team presented a study at the International Association for Dental Research's 2013 annual meeting showing that a solution made from dissolved glycyrrhizol-A-containing sugar-free herbal lollipops inhibits the growth of these three types of oral bacteria.
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