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May. 8, 2012
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Energy drinks causing permanent damage to teeth
PR Newswire via Inside Dental Assisting    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recent study published in the May/June 2012 issue of "General Dentistry," the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, found that an alarming increase in the consumption of sports and energy drinks, especially among adolescents, is causing irreversible damage to teeth — specifically, the high acidity levels in the drinks erode tooth enamel, the glossy outer layer of the tooth. More

Discussing the role of the dental therapist
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Kevin Henry travels to Anchorage, Alaska, to talk to Dr. Mary Williard about how dental health aide therapists are making an impact in her state and exactly what they can and can't do. More

Fluoridated water reaching more US residents
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Almost three-fourths of U.S. residents who receive water from community water systems — about 204 million residents — now receive fluoridated water, according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, MD, announced the agency’s latest water fluoridation statistics April 30 via a taped video presentation at the National Oral Health Conference in Milwaukee. More

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Children who whose families can't afford dental care get help from Manatee Technical Institute
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Since 2009, Manatee Technical Institute dental assistant students and local dentists in Manatee, Fla., have teamed up to provide free service to children who can't afford dental care. The We Care Dental Project allows 30 students enrolled in the county school district to receive X-rays, fluoride polish and other procedures. The clinic is offered four times a year to students selected by county school nurses. More

Nanocomposite filler reverses decay, regenerates tooth structure
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Dentists soon may be getting a potent new weapon with which to wage the global fight against cavities. The University of Maryland has developed a novel new nanocomposite material that can be used not only as filling for cavities, but also as an agent that kills any remaining bacteria in the tooth and regenerates the actual structure lost to decay. More

What are probiotics — and how do they fit with dental care?
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Probiotics have been in the news for some time — most notably for digestive health of the human body. What's new is oral probiotics that help manage oral biofilm. Let's take an in-depth look at how all of this works and how it works together with oral health. More

Report: Health care access worsened for Americans since 2000
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Between 2000 and 2010, more working-age adults reported they had no regular source of medical care, hadn't seen a doctor or a dentist within a year, had unmet medical and dental needs and went without health care because of cost, Genevieve Kenney and others at the Urban Institute report in an article published in the journal "Health Affairs." More

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Decay dilemma: Do children need dental sealants?
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No question, 8-year-old Blin Rollins has a sweet tooth. He would prefer to drink juice instead of water, and he doesn't turn down candy, admits his mother, Amy Rollins of Augusta, Maine. So when her dentist, Jonathan Shenkin, suggested dental sealants could keep tooth decay at bay in Blin's permanent molars, Rollins was interested. But what Rollins didn't know is that her child's mouth is part of an ongoing debate over whether enough children get the liquid plastic coverings that protect what Shenkin calls "the most decayed tooth in the mouth." More

New technology to detect oral cancer
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More than 40,000 people in the United States and 640,000 world-wide are expected to be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. One person in America dies every hour from this disfiguring, deadly disease. A new technology available to assist in finding oral cancer cells and other abnormalities is the VELscope fluorescence adjunctive detection system, a noninvasive scanning tool that uses a blue-spectrum light to check for irregularities in the mouth during an exam that takes roughly 2 minutes. More

Young brushers rewarded by New Hampshire baseball, dental groups
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The New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball club and Northeast Delta Dental teamed up to recognize and reward children with good oral hygiene habits during their most recent home stand. The Fisher Cats honored youngsters who completed the Oral Health Challenge in communities throughout the state. The free program encourages and rewards children who practice good oral health habits such as brushing and flossing on a daily basis. More

Teledentistry helped increase treatment among children
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Children of migrant farm workers who enrolled in a telehealth-based dental program — also known as a teledentistry program — were significantly more likely to receive treatment for early childhood caries, according to a study presented at the American Telemedicine Association's annual meeting, Medscape reports. More

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IDA's new websites showcase dental team to build business
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New dental websites from Internet Dental Alliance Inc. offer a "Meet Our Team" page option that lets dentists feature the individual team members patients will meet when they choose to have treatments at that practice. The page is easy to set up, and dentists can select from different layout options: a single group photo above a description or individual team member photos with descriptions. More

Is that barrier really protecting you?
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Could the common infection control barrier be contributing to the spread of deadly diseases? It turns out the very methods we use to prevent the spread of infectious agents in our operatories may contribute to bringing more deadly diseases to our doorstep. The culprit: single-use disposable products created, packaged, shipped, tossed and managed as waste, for and by dental offices. More

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Profiting from digital dentistry
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A new technology called intra-oral scanning allows for the acquisition of a 3-D digital image of the patient's mouth while in the dentist's chair, facilitating rapid volume production of dental models with 3-D printing. Intra-oral scanning opens the door to a whole new world of digital dental workflow solutions that will benefit many new technology companies. More

APHA: House budget includes painful cuts to public health, prevention
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Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), writes, "The American Public Health Association is deeply concerned about drastic cuts being considered in the U.S. House Budget Committee reconciliation bill that would seriously jeopardize efforts to protect public health and prevent our nation's leading causes of premature death and disability. House leaders are proposing an unbalanced, unreasonable evisceration of important public health funding." More

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Caring for the toothiest patients
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Dr. Peter Emily provides dental care to exotic and endangered animals at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenseburg, Colo. How does caring for big cats stack up against serving the human population? More

Study: Mid-adolescence peak risk for pain reliever abuse in teens
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Surveys of U.S. adolescents suggest the estimated peak risk of using prescription pain relievers for unapproved reasons occurs in mid-adolescence, according to a report published online by "Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine," a JAMA Network publication. Physicians, dentists and public health professionals are aware of recent increasing trends of prescribing pain relievers. Previous research suggests an increased use of these drugs for extramedical use and increased rates of overdose deaths, the authors write in their study background. More
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.

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