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Dental assistants ROCK with Tija Hunter
Takacs Learning Center
Dental Assistants play such a vital role in the success of a thriving dental practice. In this Thriving Dentist Show, Gary interviews his friend, Tija Hunter on how dental assistants contribute to a successful practice. Hunter is a true champion of the dental assistant and a role model of dental assisting as an amazing career path. Hunter is an office manager and a dental assistant with over 32 years of experience.
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You are a powerful individual …
Yvonne Evans-RDA, BS, TNDAA Secretary 2013-2014
You are a powerful individual … Sometimes we think to ourselves that we cannot make a difference. We have been beaten down so much that our self-esteem has left the building.

It has been shown that giving back always makes us feel good about ourselves. We smile throughout the day knowing within, that we are making a difference in someone’s life. As a professional, there is always an opportunity to give back to those who have helped us in the past.

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New employee in dental practice suspects embezzling
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: I recently started working part-time at a dental office and I really like my job. The doctor and staff are very nice. My problem is this ­— I think the office manager may be stealing from the practice. I've noticed her doing a few things that don't seem right, such as putting cash in an envelope and saying, "I'll get to that later." Plus, she knows everyone's passwords, including the doctor's. I used to work in an office where the doctor was embezzled, so maybe I’m overly sensitive. If I say something and I'm wrong, I might lose my job, but even if I don't, she will blame me for "reporting her." If I'm right, the doctor deserves to know. She has worked here for over 10 years. What should I do?
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Clean before you clean: What's on your toothbrush just might surprise you
ScienceDaily
Do you know Staphylococci, coliforms, pseudomonads, yeasts, intestinal bacteria and — yes — even fecal germs may be on your toothbrush? Appropriate toothbrush storage and care are important to achieving personal oral hygiene and optimally effective plaque removal. Appropriate toothbrush storage and care are important to achieving personal oral hygiene and optimally effective plaque removal.
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Using an employee file to improve your dental practice
By Jill Nesbitt
What if I told you there was an easy way to cut the staff drama, more consistently enforce office policy and have your team solve their own problems? An employee file serves all these purposes. An employee file is a folder for each of your staff members that stores their application, required medical forms, licenses and documentation about their work performance. The documentation piece can be simple — a blank piece of paper with the employee's name at the top works just fine. So, what do you write?
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Good dental care starts with baby teeth
Winnipeg Free Press
It may come as a surprise to some that baby teeth are very important in the life of a child. Good oral practices in the first few years of life set the foundation for a lifetime of optimal oral health. Children who develop tooth decay in their first five years are more likely to continue to develop cavities throughout childhood and adolescence.
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How to harness the power of relationship building for dental practice success
Dental Products Report
Building relationships of trust and value is something we all work to do each and every day. It is through these actions that our relationships become stronger, deeper and allow both parties to achieve greater success.
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Be prepared for childhood tooth injuries
AAPD
Just as kids prep for their spring sports season, it’s good for parents to know what to do in case of dental-related accident. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recently released a guide that takes you through step-by-step on how to handle the most common childhood tooth injuries. It can be posted it in a convenient place for yourself and caregivers.
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Fear has a way …
Yvonne Evans-RDA, BS, TNDAA Secretary 2013-2014
There is no real reason not to participate in achieving the ADAA Fellowship Award. You probably have heard and may have read, "The Road Less Traveled." The Road to Fellowship has been traveled by many others. It is based on your ability to want to learn more about your profession.

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Dental therapist position approved by Maine Senate
Portland Press Herald
A new type of dental provider – "mid-level dental therapist" – is likely on its way to becoming a reality in Maine. A revised version of the bill cleared the Senate late Wednesday after previously winning approval in the House, and now heads to Gov. Paul LePage, who is expected to sign the bill.

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How can front office convince dentist to bring in outside/expert help?
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: How do I convince the dentist I work for to outsource things that I feel are very important to our marketing, and will make my job easier? I’m the office manager and lone front desk person in a start-up office, and I’m feeling overwhelmed.

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Study links tooth loss to depression and anxiety
Inside Dentistry
Tooth loss from caries and periodontal disease is an outcome of complex, chronic conditions. Several biopsychosocial factors are involved, including accessing care. Individuals reporting dental anxiety may avoid dental care, and individuals with depression may be negligent in self-care. In this study, researchers examined a potential association of tooth loss with depression and anxiety.
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