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What would it take for your dental practice to be voted
Best Place to Work?

RDH via DentistryIQ
Drs. John Darling and Doug Milner, of Fibonacci Smile in Wenatchee, Washington, along with their employees, recently won the honor of Best Place to Work from the Wenatchee Business Journal 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards. … Clearly, the Fibonacci Smile team is doing something right, but what exactly is that? More importantly, what can other dental teams learn from them?
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Update on surface disinfectants and treatment room asepsis
Dental Economics
In a dental practice setting, the area where the greatest potential for contamination with saliva and/or blood (possibly containing infectious agents) is the treatment room or operatory. As you know, there are several key factors that influence the amount of contamination that occurs during treatment — from spatter, aerosol, or touching with contaminated (gloved) hands. The use of high-volume evacuation and dental dams has been shown to significantly reduce the spatter and aerosols created by handpieces, air/water syringes, and sonic/ultrasonic scalers.
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Infographic: The Tooth Decay Index
Dentistry IQ
Did you know that refined carbs can be as harmful to teeth as candy? How important saliva is to tooth health? Find out how with out tooth decay index!
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Why do employees leave this dental practice so often?
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: I work in a small dental practice with one doctor and five full- and part-time staff members. Since I've been in this office just over two years, we've had multiple staff members come and go, some staying for just a few weeks, and some for a few months. Sometimes it's our decision, but more often than not it’'s their decision.
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Researchers investigate stress as a potential cause of periodontal disease
Medical Xpress
We all know what contributes to gum disease — poor brushing, forgetting to floss, avoiding checkups, smoking. But what about a tough day at the office or dire financial straits? Surprisingly, the stress brought on by emotional struggles might have just as much to do with the disease, according to a review of the literature by three Tufts researchers.
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Where do your new patients come from?
By Jill Nesbitt
How much is your dental practice spending on marketing? This is a chunk of money invested to gain new patients. In fact, one of the major factors in how your practice performs financially is how many new patients come through your doors. For many dentists, this is the most important measure in the practice. To improve your dental practice's financial picture, the best thing you can do is to do a thorough evaluation of your new patients — so you can build on your strengths and look for new opportunities for marketing.
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Immune system selectively disarmed by gum disease bacteria
Medical News Today
The human body is comprised of roughly 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. In healthy people, these bacteria are typically harmless and often helpful, keeping disease-causing microbes at bay. But, when disturbances knock these bacterial populations out of balance, illnesses can arise. Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, is one example.
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Nutrition is key to oral, overall health
ScienceDaily
Nutrition is vital to a person's oral health — and therefore to their overall health. Collaboration between registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered and oral healthcare professionals is recommended for health promotion, disease prevention and intervention, according to a new paper.
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Encouraging teeth to self-repair
Medical Xpress
Dentists could soon be giving your teeth a mild "time warp" to encourage them to self-repair, thanks to a new device being developed by dental researchers. Reminova Ltd, a new spin-out company from King's College London, aims to take the pain out of tooth decay treatment by electrically reversing the process to help teeth "remineralize".
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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.

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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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Phone scripts make things run more smoothly for the dental office and bring in new patients
DentistryIQ
Before entering the dental industry I was a real estate agent. I was about 19 or 20, and very inexperienced. Going to real estate school pretty much entailed the instructor teaching us how to pass the board exam, and that’s it. We were not taught any phone skills.

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Coffee could lead to healthy teeth
Dentistry Today
There may be a newly discovered benefit to drinking coffee. Recent studies suggest that regularly drinking coffee keeps teeth healthy and clean. The information was determined by a team at the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro. The caffeine helps to eliminate harmful bacteria and plaque.
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Why we should care about teeth whitening
CNN
All eyes will be on the U.S. Supreme Court this month as it issues its final decisions before recessing for the summer. When it comes back in session (on the first Monday of October), it will likely hear a critical case. But the case is not about money in politics or affirmative action or the powers of the presidency — it's about whether you can get your teeth whitened at a kiosk in the mall.
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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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