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Confronting and overcoming some of the challenges faced by female dental team members on a daily basis
DentistryIQ
Dental Assisting Digest editor Kevin Henry writes: "I recently had the chance to chat with Dr. Patricia O'Gorman, a psychologist, speaker, consultant, coach and author. She just published a book, 'The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Power.' 'The Resilient Woman' is about how women can consciously use their skills and resilience to grow and counter the pervasive societal forces known as 'girly thoughts.' With this in mind, I talked to O'Gorman about the challenges faced by female dental team members on a daily basis."
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Piercings and tattoos on dental office employees
DentstryIQ
Question: I'm a dental assistant instructor and some of the students entering the program have tattoos on their necks, arms, and hands. They also have face piercings, tongue piercings, and dermal piercings, which are surgically placed piercings in the skin on their face. I coach and try to mentor the students on proper professionalism for the dental office, and I am met with resistance from some of the students. Am I wrong, or have things changed that much during the few years I moved from a dental professional to a dental assistant instructor?
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ADA warns parents about pacifiers
Dental 360
The American Dental Association recently sent out a press release that reminded parents of the possibility of transmitting cavity-causing bacteria to babies via pacifiers. According to the ADA, it is not advisable for a parent to lick a pacifier and give it to their baby, which can transmit Streptococcus mutans and other pathogens that increase the risk of cavities.
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The art of mastering accurate impressions
Inside Dental Assisting
Every dental team has experienced it. The proper steps are taken in a typical crown-and-bridge appointment: anesthesia administration, careful preparation, and retraction. The tray is selected, the impression material is mixed, the low-viscosity material is injected, and the tray is seated. The appropriate amount of time is allowed for the material to set. However, upon removal and inspection of the final impression, the dental team finds it falls short of clinical expectations.
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Accountability in the dental office: The secret to an efficient, effective team
By Jan Keller
Have you ever wondered why your colleagues seem to have great teams, where everyone is happy and pleasant and gets along? And then you wondered, what am I doing wrong? Why isn't my staff as happy and pleasant as theirs? If this sounds familiar, ask yourself this fundamental question: Am I accountable for the decisions I make, not only in the hiring process, but in evaluation of job performance? Do I hold my staff accountable as well?
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Affordable Care Act falls short, ADA research says
American Dental Association
The Affordable Care Act falls short in lowering dental care costs, increasing access to care and improving health outcomes, according to research briefs published by the ADA Health Policy Resources Center. But state governments can pick up where the federal government left off, particularly when it comes to providing dental benefits for adults, HPRC said.
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Tulsa dentist treated juvenile patients at former Rader Center
KWTV-TV
The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry labeled Dr. Scott Harrington "a menace to public health," after it said he may have exposed 7,000 patients to HIV and hepatitis because of rusty tools and unsanitary conditions. Now investigators have announced that Harrington operated on young people incarcerated at the former L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs.

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The truth about brushing
The New York Times
A. There may be some reasons not to use hot or warm water, said Richard H. Price, a spokesman for the American Dental Association, but he added, “If I can get someone to brush their teeth, I don’t care what the water temperature is, as long as they don’t scald themselves.”

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Living in a radioactive world: How can the dental team minimize patients' exposure?
Inside Dental Assisting
Despite public concern about medical/dental radiation exposure, the American Nuclear Society website makes it clear that humans live in a radioactive world in which they receive exposure from many sources "from materials in the earth itself, from naturally occurring radon in the air, from outer space, and from inside our own bodies as a result of the food and water we consume."

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The cost of delaying dental care: What dental professionals can do to help turn a bad trend around
Dentistry IQ
A recent survey of more than 1,000 adults conducted by ORC International and commissioned by Aspen Dental reports that more than one in three American adults (36 percent) has delayed or will delay dental care due to the uncertain U.S. economy and their lingering fears about their current financial situation. In addition, consumers are making that decision despite understanding the long-term implications: more than 80 percent indicated that they knew that delaying dental care would cost them more in the long run.
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Sore throat doesn't contaminate toothbrush
Dentistry Today
Your toothbrush is fine to use after having a sore throat. There was recent speculation that it may be best to discard one's toothbrush after having the flu or strep throat. But a study explained at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Washington, D.C., debunked that belief.
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For oral cancer, early detection is key
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Get your mouth checked — because you never know. That’s what Click, 73, advises. When he went in for a routine teeth cleaning last month, Click mentioned to the hygienist a sore spot he had in his mouth. His dentist shined an infrared light in his mouth. Something looked wrong, so he referred Click to an oral surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. When the biopsy came back, it showed a small cancerous tumor.
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Preventive dentistry
WorlDental.org Dental Health Magazine
Preventive Dentistry is a branch of dentistry which deals with the preservation of healthy teeth and surrounding tissues which concentrates on prevention of dental caries and various other oral diseases.
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