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NEW Member Benefit! ADAA no fee CVS
discount prescription card

American Dental Assistants Association    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The American Dental Assistants Association in conjunction with CVS-CareMark, is pleased to announce our exclusive ADAA RxSavingsPlus Discount Card.


There are no forms to fill out, just go to your pharmacy, show the card to your pharmacist and they will verify the discount. All of your family members and employees can use the card even if they already have insurance. You may call CVS 877-673-3688 to assist you. The lowest prices are guaranteed. Visit our ADAA Member Benefits page for more information or go directly to the ADAA/CVS-CareMark website at

A message from the ADAA president:
Standing out by being outstanding in your field

Claudia Pohl, ADAA President    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

I recently chatted with an office manager at a dental practice who had "come out of retirement" when asked to join the practice. It caused me to wonder, why would they seek her out? What made her more desirable than someone else who was looking for a job? What set her apart from the others and made her a valuable asset to that practice? What are the qualities of a valuable dental assistant? What are the qualities that will ensure that you and I keep our job, especially in these tight economic times? What are the qualities that would set me above others when looking for a job? A phrase that describes this in the business world is "value added," so as it applies to us, what does it mean to bring value to the practice? What does that look like?

New single use bib holders made from recyclable plastic
AEGIS Communications    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More and more dental offices are choosing disposable bib holders to avoid the risk of cross-contamination. Various news report and three separate scientific studies have implicated reusable bib holders as having bacterial contamination that could be a risk to patients and dental workers. In response to the shift away from traditional bib holders, a new option is now available through major dental distributors. More

Young Dental™ Pointed Polisher
Earth City, MO (March 27, 2012)—Young Dental’s Pointed Polisher provides clinicians with improved interproximal access and stain removal. This flexible tip fits around brackets, under orthodontic wires, and provides better access around crowns, bridges, implants, wide embrasures, and furcations. The Pointed Polisher is available for disposable prophy angle users on the Classic body style as well as on metal angles with screw type cups For more information, visit or call (800) 325-1881.
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From 1 generation to the next, dental care changes
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Stephanie Crowe, a mother of three from Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., still remembers dreading a visit to the dentist as a young girl. It was often a painful experience, and her family's dentist showed little empathy to his smallest patients. When Crowe had her first child, she brought her to the dentist that she and her husband were seeing at the time, and was surprised that the dentist suggested she take her young daughter to a pediatric dentist instead. More

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LED technology teeth whitening important facts
Dental Health Magazine via    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Today's market abounds in teeth whitening products. However, the main problem is that these products contain very irritating and abrasive agents, which destroy easily the natural enamel of the tooth. 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…
Nationwide Compliance Specialists

If an inspector showed up at your office today, do you know if your facility would be in compliance with all the latest rules and regulations?

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.

Most people brush their teeth the wrong way
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Almost all Swedes brush their teeth, yet only 1-in-10 does it in a way that effectively prevents tooth decay. Now researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, are eager to teach Swedes how to brush their teeth more effectively. Most Swedes regularly brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste. But only few know the best brushing technique, how the toothpaste should be used and how fluoride prevents tooth decay. More

Dental plaque bacteria may trigger blood clots
Scientist Live    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Oral bacteria that escape into the bloodstream are able to cause blood clots and trigger life-threatening endocarditis. Further research could lead to new drugs to tackle infective heart disease, say scientists. More

Social media: Connecting patients and practices
Inside Dentistry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Remember what it was like to frantically look up a plumber in the phone book as your overflowing tub ruined your carpet faster than you could turn the thin, flimsy pages? Remember how painstakingly slow that clunky dial on the rotary phone bolted to your kitchen wall clicked all the way back from "0" as you stood ankle-deep in soapy bath water? Well, no one else does either, so if you haven't changed your practice-marketing plan to reflect that, you are definitely what they would call "behind the times." More

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HDLTV for medical practices
DentistryIQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A trip to the dentist is usually not on anyone’s list of favorite things to do. Many people fear the pain and the "scary" instruments because they are not aware of the advances of modern dentistry and its importance to overall health. High Definition Lobby Television (HDLTV) is a personalized network that educates, entertains and engages patients, while they wait to go into the dentist's office. More

Guidelines for the practicing professional
Inside Dental Assisting    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Working effectively as part of the dental team requires maintaining high professional standards and conduct, along with showing respect for colleagues and patients. Dental assistants can advance their careers by being self-aware team players, focused on the goals of the entire group, with an understanding of how to develop and apply interpersonal and communication skills. When they function proficiently and appropriately in a variety of situations, including difficult ones — such as change, conflict, and criticism — they improve the workplace experience for themselves, their colleagues and their patients.
Editor's note: While this story originally published in December, we believe the information remains pertinent to our members.

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