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How the dental laboratory provides infection control
Inside Dental Assisting
The use of appropriate infection control precautions is important for dental laboratory technicians, as it is for the dental team. Improper handling of contaminated items, such as impressions, casts, and other prosthetic appliances, can result in cross-contamination and possible cross-infection to personnel. When used together, routine use of recommended infection control procedures and protocols, along with effective communication between the dental practice and the dental laboratory, can provide a safe working environment for those with potential occupational risks.
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Moore, Okla., dentists reaching out to help community after deadly tornado
DentistryIQ
The editors of Dentistry IQ made an effort to contact dental offices in the Moore, Okla., area. Due to the devastation in the area, phone lines were down. For numbers that were still connected, we reached answering machines. If dental offices weren't closed by necessity, they were closed out of respect. It was all hands on deck the day after the tornado that swept through the city, obliterating neighborhoods and schools and leaving nothing but rubble behind.
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Digital dentures
CNN
In this video news story, HLN's Susan Hendricks tells us that new dental technology means people can now get dentures that fit precisely.
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Usually interviewer, Kevin Henry now interviewee
DentistryIQ
Part of my job that I enjoy so much is interviewing people for stories for Dental Assisting Digest and DentistryIQ.com, writes Kevin Henry. One of those interviews was with Dr. Patricia O'Gorman, where she shared with me her thoughts on how female dental team members can confront the challenges they face every day. For me, it's always fun to get to know someone and talk to that person about what he or she knows best … and then share that knowledge with you, the reader.
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Uncovering the 'hidden treasure' in your patient charts
By Jan Keller
Have you ever participated in a treasure hunt — enjoyed the challenge of uncovering what is right in front of you, or hidden in a drawer or closet? Today is the day you should start a treasure hunt in your office. Here's why. Many dental practices are looking for ways to increase, or just maintain, previous levels of production and collection. One answer may be "hiding" under their noses. When was the last time you conducted an in-depth review of your patient charts and the hidden treasure they hold?
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Are CBCT scans necessary prior to orthodontic treatment?
Dr. Bicuspid
Taking cone-beam CT (CBCT) scans prior to orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning is warranted for patients with unerupted teeth or severe root resorption, according to a new study in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics.

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Targeting the 'dental divide'
American Dental Association
The American Dental Association, citing "a disturbing dental divide in America," announced a nationwide campaign May 15 to reduce the numbers of adults and children with untreated dental disease.

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Steering clear of infectious microorganisms in the dental office
Inside Dental Assisting
Oral fluids such as blood and saliva, which are encountered regularly during dental procedures, can harbor infectious microorganisms. Between patients, dental team members, and other visitors to the office, the dental office presents numerous opportunities for transmission of these organisms.

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The polluted moat
RDH
When explaining treatments and various regimens to patients, doctors frequently use analogies to help patients understand chemical messengers. For example, my OB/GYN once compared estrogen to a fertilizer on a lawn, which helps it grow and flourish. Progesterone was compared to a lawn mower to cut grass back to its original size. If no progesterone is part of the menstrual cycle, the grass continues to grow.
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Dentists discovered the tooth-saving properties of fluoride by accident
Smithsonian
For the fourth time since 1956, Portland has decided it doesn't want fluoride in its water. The pro-fluoride side had more money, more support from officials and more diverse backers, but when the votes were tallied, 60 percent of the city voted against adding fluoride to their water. Fluoride was first added to drinking water in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1945, just a decade or so after scientists first identified its teeth-saving properties.
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The contest, which started in January and goes through Sept. 15 — the state that contributes the most money to the Foundation during that time will win their entire delegate registrations paid by the ADAAF! Click here for more details!



Powerful team meetings
Dental Economics
An effective team meeting is the catalyst that can take a practice to the next level. I have heard many times through the years when consulting in practices that team meetings are ineffective gripe sessions, and frankly, they are unproductive, said Lois Banta, a consulting specializes in all aspects of dental practice management. Well, this is the main reason team meetings need to happen. In this article I outline a successful strategy for a great, positive, and productive team meeting every time.
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Why toothpaste makes orange juice bitter
Medical News Today
What is it about toothpaste that transforms the sweet flavor of orange juice into something so bitter? For the solution to that mysterious sensory phenomenon - in colorful, animated detail … That sensor is your mouth, with its 10,000 individual taste buds. Each consists of scores of receptor cells that respond to the basic tastes.
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