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21st century workplace skills for the dental assistant
Dentistry IQ
During Dental Assistants Recognition Week in March, dental assistants celebrated the theme "Dental Assisting – Embracing the Changes of the Profession." It was a great time for dental assistants to consider the tools we will need as our profession moves forward, even if they are tools that may not have been considered very important or relevant to the practice of dental assisting in the past. Workplace skills for dental assistants will require more than clinical applications, and we must start thinking more like business people than employees.
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CDC: First US MERS case likely passed virus to Illinois man
Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention
Federal health officials today said blood tests have found evidence of infection in an Illinois man who had close contact with the patient who had the United States' first case of imported Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This represents the nation's first known secondary infection in ongoing investigations into illnesses involving two health professionals, the other one from Florida, who became ill after traveling from Saudi Arabia.
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How should team handle dentist who's declining cognitively?
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: I believe my dentist may have some cognitive issues and I don’t know what to do about it. I really do not want to report him to the state board of dentistry. I'm a nurse and I do home healthcare work with seniors. My dentist has some memory problems, he seems scattered, and he has some personality changes, and this is worse at the end of the day.
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Dental assistants — Are you the cause of your stressful day?
Susan Ketterer Consulting
Stress is apart of what we do. We are constantly having emergencies, patients with anxiety and a tight schedule. Take a look at the following scenarios and solutions. See if they can work to make your day less stressful.
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WHO: Antibiotics are losing effectiveness in every country
The Guardian
Antibiotics are losing their power to fight infections in every country in the world, according to new data from the World Health Organization – a situation that could have "devastating" consequences for public health. It raises the possibility that once-beaten diseases will reemerge as global killers.
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Ready to push that dental assisting chair aside?
Dentistry IQ
Here I was, a seasoned dental assistant with 17 years of experience, eager to move forward, writes April Sluiter, EFDA. I had established a successful freelance temping business for myself, which allowed me to see how several practices are run, as well as establish name recognition in the dental community. I loved the challenge of visiting new offices, but I felt my skill set could be used in a more productive manner.
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Dental therapists aim to fill in oral health shortfalls
USA Today
States try to solve the problem of dentist shortages by allowing dental therapists to do checkups and fill cavities, but they face strong resistance from dentists.
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Stem cells from teeth may aid stroke patients
Dentistry Today
A groundbreaking discovery during stem cell research of teeth may provide a boost in stroke therapy. A group of researchers determined that stem cells grow to resemble brain cells, something that could eventually be used in the brain. The information comes from the University of Adelaide in Australia. It appears in Stem Cell Research & Therapy.
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Getting to the root of enamel evolution
e! Science News
Along with our big brains and upright posture, thick tooth enamel is one of the features that distinguishes our genus, Homo, from our primate relatives and forebears. A new study, published May in the Journal of Human Evolution, offers insight into how evolution shaped our teeth, one gene at a time. By comparing the human genome with those of five other primate species, a team of geneticists and evolutionary anthropologists at Duke University has identified two segments of DNA where natural selection may have acted to give modern humans their thick enamel.
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Using an employee file to improve your dental practice
By Jill Nesbitt
During Dental Assistants Recognition Week in March, dental assistants celebrated the theme "Dental Assisting – Embracing the Changes of the Profession." It was a great time for dental assistants to consider the tools we will need as our profession moves forward, even if they are tools that may not have been considered very important or relevant to the practice of dental assisting in the past.

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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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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.

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Correlation may exist between gagging, dental fear
Dentistry Today
The amount of fear from a dental visit may be higher among people with frequent gagging problems. The information comes from the authors of "Gagging and Its Associations with Dental Care — Related Fear, Fear of Pain, and Beliefs About Treatment." The gagging issues may also cause negative beliefs about dentists and dental treatment.
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Are tooth tattoos becoming a new trend?
KMTV-TV
Is there a growing trend at the dentist's office? Apparently tooth tattoos are becoming popular in at least one area of the country. Whatever you may want on your tooth, the employees at Suburban Dental Lab in Bloomfield, Connecticut, can make it happen.
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Foreign bodies in children's teeth: Anticipatory guidance recommendations for the dental professional
Detistry IQ
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) puts special emphasis on anticipatory guidance in pediatric oral health. It essentially comprises topics such as oral hygiene and dietary habits, injury prevention, non-nutritive habits, substance abuse, intraoral/perioral piercing, and speech/language development. But certain lacunae exist in terms of the sequelae of untreated caries and trauma to primary and permanent dentition.
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3 common mistakes made when signing dental electronic health records contracts
Dental Practice Management
The dental software revolution is upon us and with it comes "next generation" dental electronic health records and cloud-based solutions. Whether you have an older system and are planning on signing a contract for new software with your existing vendor, or if you’re purchasing new software with a new vendor, chances are that you are not prepared to negotiate your dental EHR contract.
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