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May. 1, 2012
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Study: Dental Assistant best job for young people
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It's hard out there for a young person today. Providing a light in the fog, jobs expert Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., author of just-released 150 Best Jobs for Your Skills, crunched the data to uncover the 15 best jobs for young people in America today. The list is dominated by good-paying health-care jobs with flexible hours, and many require less than a bachelor's degree. Topping the list at No. 1, dental assistant came out as the best job for young people in the current market. More

Early discovery, assessment and diagnosis
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It is not uncommon to see dental offices promote "free exams" or "free consultations." Practices use these offers as "loss leaders" to initially attract patients, in hopes of ultimately performing more profitable procedures. Even more unfortunate is the fact that these types of statements greatly misrepresent the significant amount of knowledge and expertise required to properly perform these valuable procedures. More

Highest and lowest prophy fees in the US
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Where are American consumers finding the lowest and highest fees for an adult prophylaxis? According to Sikka Software Corp., the zip codes discussed below represent the highest and lowest fees for the procedure otherwise coded as D1110. Are they always the best bargain, high or low? More

Young Dental™ Pointed Polisher
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Hidden America: Medicaid's youngest face dental crisis
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With more than 16 million low-income U.S. children on Medicaid not receiving dental care — or even a routine exam — in 2009, according to the Pew Center on the States, dentists and ERs say they are treating very young patients with teeth blackened from decay and bacteria and multiple cavities. More

CDC: Oropharyngeal cancer second most diagnosed of
HPV-associated cancers

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Oropharyngeal cancer is the second most diagnosed of cancers associated with the human papilloma virus, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the April 20 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a CDC analysis of 2004 to 2008 data from the National Program of Cancer Registries and from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results program yielded evidence of 33,369 HPV-associated cancers diagnosed in 50 states and the District of Columbia. More

Optim / Cleaner, Faster, Safer, Responsible

SciCan’s Optim 33TB cleaner / surface disinfection wipes are rated as an EPA class IV with no safety warning labels. Optim wipes carry more solution and boast a superior environmental & safety profile. Optim has a 1 minute wet contact time with a 5 minute TB claim.

Periodontal disease could be treated with fish oil supplements
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Periodontitis, inflammation of the tissue surrounding the teeth, affects more than half of adults and is linked to an increased risk of stroke and other heart problems. To evaluate whether fish oil supplementation could be an adjunct therapy for periodontitis, Dr. Alison Coates from the University of South Australia and colleagues from the School of Dentistry at University of Adelaide in Australia reviewed evidence from eight unique studies that involved humans. More

The use of a face bow for function and esthetics
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Most oral healthcare practitioners agree that interferences in the dentition are harmful and can create destructive occlusal forces, as well as lead to occlusal disease and many other problems. Every dentist checks the "bite" with marking ribbon and then adjusts the teeth for equal, simultaneous, and bilateral contacts. However, the evaluation of how the teeth fit and function in relation to how the temporomandibular joints fit and function is often overlooked. The use of a face bow and articulator to articulate dental casts is taught in every dental school in this country and has been available for more than 100 years. More

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Hip and knee joint failures may be caused by oral bacteria
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More exactly, researchers have tested DNA in the bacteria that was found in the lubricating fluid of the joints, and they noticed that the fluid actually contains the exact same type of DNA that is existent in the plaque formed on the teeth. The examined dental plaque was coming from patients diagnosed with a certain form of gum disease, and most of these patients were waiting for joint replacement. More

5 top tips on impression-taking for the dental assistant
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Impression-taking is a daily task for dental assistants, so it’s important to keep up with the latest tools and techniques to make the job easier. This article includes five tips that can help assistants efficiently capture accurate impressions and avoid retakes. More

BlackDiamond Radio has solved the problems involved in wearing a communicator, “How do you use it without needing to change gloves?” With the BlackDiamond System’s large, flat Push-To-Talk you wear it under your smock and key up with the back of your wrist. Durable, Lightweight and Easy to use round out a perfect system…

Study: Oral cancers take financial toll
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The cost of treating individuals with oral, orapharyngeal, and salivary gland cancers is significant, particularly for patients who undergo all three forms of treatment, according to a new study by Delta Dental of Michigan's Research and Data Institute. And for many that is only the beginning of the financial impact of the disease. More

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REMINDER: 2012 Annual Session Awards Nominations
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:

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