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May. 15, 2012
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Brittany Ashenfelter — A dental assistant you should know
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Dentistry has been a huge factor in my life since I was a small child, said Brittany Ashenfelter. I have several family members that are in the dental field and dentistry was the topic of conversation at many family gatherings. This struck a chord deep within and I knew that I found my career pathway. After attending a dental assisting course at Lake Land College in Illinois, I became an expanded functions dental assistant, a certified dental assistant and a licensed dental hygienist in Indiana. Recently, I completed a bachelor's degree in public health dental hygiene. "An important lesson I've learned over the years is that you can never have enough education," she said. "The dental field is always evolving and if you stop learning you are not as viable in the office or knowledgeable for the patients and the dental team."

FDA proposal aims to help reduce unnecessary radiation
exposure for children

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced recently that it is seeking public comment on a proposal encouraging manufacturers to consider the safety of children in the design of new X-ray imaging devices. In the draft guidance, FDA is recommending that manufacturers design new X-ray imaging devices with protocols and instructions that address use on pediatric patients. It also proposes that manufacturers who do not adequately demonstrate that their new X-ray imaging devices are safe and effective in pediatric patients should include a label on their device that cautions against use in pediatric populations. More

Judy the juggler: The digital dilemma
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Dr. Larry Emmott, who is considered the leading dental high-tech authority in the country and has more than 30 years of experience as a practicing general dentist, says computers and technology are not just about machines and numbers; they are about people and solving real human issues. If your office is chaotic and you think you need to hire another person, give careful thought first to a digital computer system that can keep things streamlined and lift the burden from the front desk. More

Young Dental™ Pointed Polisher
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Question: What is the latest thinking in dental stem cell research?
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Some dentists are collecting baby teeth to be used as a source of stem cells, through stem cell banking companies such as BioEden, StemSave, and Store-A-Tooth. The hope is that these dental stem cells could be used to heal the patients when they need it in the future. More

Dental fillings that kill bacteria and remineralize the tooth
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Scientists using nanotechology at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry have created the first cavity-filling composite that kills harmful bacteria and regenerates tooth structure lost to bacterial decay. Rather than just limiting decay with conventional fillings, the new composite is a revolutionary dental weapon to control harmful bacteria, which coexist in the natural colony of microorganisms in the mouth. 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.

Combine conventional and digital methods to maximize shade matching
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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. More

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Hormones can affect gum disease    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you’re a pregnant woman dealing with morning sickness or a menopausal woman suffering through hot flashes, your gums are probably the last thing on your mind. However, dentists say women need to pay special attention to oral health care or risk health complications. More

New study reconfirms paper towels are most hygienic method to dry hands after washing
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Cascades Tissue Group emphasizes that paper towels are the most hygienic choice when it comes to drying hands. A recent study conducted by the Bradford Infection Group, the University of Bradford and Dyson Limited reported that "rubbing with paper towels appeared to be the best means of reducing bacterial loading on the fingertips." 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…

Thick, 1,000-year-old dental plaque is gross, useful to archaeologists
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A dentist will tell you to floss everyday, but an archeologist might, well, have different priorities. Turns out the nitrogen and carbon isotopes in dental plaque can give archeologists a look at 1,000-year-old diets. More

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What do jaw clicking signs?
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Hearing clicking and popping sounds from the jaw area seems perfectly normal for some. However, quite often these clicking sounds might actually be the signs of a certain underlying condition. More

HPV leads to rise in mouth cancers for men
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In the past decade, oncologists have noted an increase in cancers at the back of the tongue, in the tonsils and into the throat, especially in healthy, nonsmoking men. More than 7,000 new cases of oropharyngeal cancers are diagnosed each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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.

For complete details and guidelines on all awards, visit:

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