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Exposing fears about dental radiation
Inside Dental Assisting
Although natural background radiation has surrounded us since birth, your patients — prompted by consumer news — have a real concern about the exposure. Modern dentistry uses a form of radiation to help make their lives better and healthier but needs to keep the risk-benefit balance in check. Therefore, it is the dental healthcare provider's responsibility to minimize patient exposure by following the ALARA Principle (as low as reasonably achievable).
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Congratulations to Caitlin McDermott
ADAA

Congratulations to Caitlin McDermott, the recipient of the ADAA award for Luzerne County Community College Nanticoke, Pennsylvania.

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ADAA is global
By Yvonne Evans, RDA, BS
I am so pleased to introduce my international dental assistant sister from Italy. We met via the American Dental Assistants Association's Facebook page and instantly became friends. She is very interested in helping her dental assistants in Italy become a more cohesive, professional group. She asked about joining our organization and I actually met the President of her organization IDEA via Skype! After reading articles I wrote, I asked her if she would like to write an article from her perspective of dental assistant in Italy and how she became involved in this awesome profession. Without further delay, I present to you an article written by Rossella from Italy!
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Injuries to children's teeth
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
AAPD President Dr. Ed Moody was interviewed by One Good Dad blogger, Jason Greene, re injuries to children's teeth and solutions to these injuries. In addition to the interview, the blogger also directs readers to our active kids/healthy teeth visual guide which lives on mychildrensteeth.org, and also links to AAPD.org.
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More on what dental professionals should know about e-cigarettes
modernhygienist.com via Dental Products Report
When I first talked to Anastasia Turchetta, RDH, about e-cigarettes in February, the video was one of the most popular and most discussed among dental professionals on our site, writes Kevin Henry, group editorial director. With some new data being released, we decided to revisit the topic.
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Poor dental health boosts mortality risk in ESRD
Renal and Urology News
Poor dental health is an independent risk factor for mortality in patients with end-stage renal disease, according to results released at the 51st Congress of the European Renal Association–European Dialysis and Transplant Association. In addition, specific oral hygiene practices improved survival, while periodontitis had no effect on survival in this population.
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CDC: Norovirus spread by restaurants
Medical News Today
In the U.S., most outbreaks of norovirus from contaminated food happen in food service settings, primarily in restaurants, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report notes that infected food workers are frequently the source of outbreaks of the "stomach flu" bug, often due to touching ready-to-eat foods served in restaurants with their bare hands.
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Phone scripts make things run more smoothly for the dental office and bring in new patients
DentistryIQ
A potential new patient has been lost completely, not to mention the office has lost all the friends, family, and maybe even coworkers that have the same dental plan. It can save a ton of time when the backup person has a script to follow for common questions. Let's look at how the call should go.
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Treatment outcomes for preventive oral health services delivered to young children by non-dental primary care providers
Medical News Today
The International and American Associations for Dental Research have published a paper titled "Preventive Services by Medical and Dental Providers and Treatment Outcomes." Nearly all state Medicaid programs reimburse non-dental primary care providers for providing preventive oral health services to young children; yet, little is known about how treatment outcomes compare to children visiting dentists.
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Can this dental office upcharge on a PPO fee for Invisalign?
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: The orthodontist I work for hates the fact that we can only take the PPO fee for Invisalign cases and clear brackets because of the higher lab fee. He says his colleagues "upcharge" patients a cosmetic fee because of this. Are we allowed to do this? I thought we had to stick with the contracted fee we agreed to in our contract. I'm not sure what to do!
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Great legs, gross teeth: Endurance runners and tooth decay
The Huffington Post
Runners have a contagious energy, an unusually positive outlook on life, and let's face it — they look good in their spandex shorts. But, according to dentists and health professionals, runners and other endurance athletes are more prone to tooth decay and dental problems than the rest of the population. Here's what you need to know about runners and tooth decay.
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Dentist's license suspended after patient dies having 20 teeth extracted
The Associated Press via FOX News
The state has suspended the license of an Enfield dentist after the death of a patient who was having 20 teeth extracted. The Journal Inquirer reports that Dr. Rashmi Patel faces a June 18 hearing before the Connecticut State Dental Commission.

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US task force: Doctors should give toddlers fluoride treatments
HealthDay via Medical Xpress
Primary care doctors should start playing a more prominent role in dental care for children, according to new recommendations from the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Specifically, the task force suggested Monday that primary care physicians prescribe oral fluoride supplementation, such as drops, tablets or lozenges, for children 6 months and older whose water supply doesn't have enough fluoride.

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Correcting common tooth spacing problems
WorlDental.org
Your smile has never been picture-perfect, but you've always secretly admired the way that your friends, family, and even stranger smile. You wished you could have that kind of smile. Alas, the cost to close the gap between your teeth is way out of your reach, right? Not so fast. Most people give up on having a perfect set of chompers before they even talk to a dentist. The truth is, there’s a lot you can do, very inexpensively, at any age.

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Cybersecurity: How to navigate threats in your healthcare organization
By Maria Frisch
The network is down. Someone from accounting just spammed the entire practice. An outsider gains access to protected health information within electronic health records. Someone erases critical operational data.
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American Academy of Periodontology commemorates 100th anniversary
Dental Tribune International
The American Academy of Periodontology invites all dental professionals to attend its 100th annual meeting at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco from Sept. 19 to 22. The special anniversary celebration will highlight achievements in periodontics over the past century and provide insights into the future of periodontal care.
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2014 ADAA/DANB Scholarship Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 ADAA/DANB Scholarship. The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) launched the scholarship program in 2013, as a way to help dental assistants realize their professional development plans.

The ADAA/DANB Scholarship will be awarded to dental assistants who demonstrate a strong commitment to career growth and lifelong learning. The winner(s) will be able to use the scholarship funds for professional activities such as continuing dental education, DANB exams or certification, some expenses associated with ADAA Fellowship or Mastership, or registration for a dental conference, among other possible activities.

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants should download and complete the application and submit a letter of intent, along with any required documentation. The scholarship is open to all ADAA members and student members in good standing.

Applications will be accepted through July 15.

ADAA/DANB Scholarship Application: http://dentalassistant.org/Content/Details/file/Student/ADAA_DANB_14.doc

To learn more about the scholarship requirements and deadlines, download the application or visit www.dentalassistant.org or www.danb.org




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