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Virtually limitless dental assistant
Dentistry IQ
Paperwork, phone calls, and production numbers. Were the charts filled out correctly yesterday? How many new patient phone calls were recorded in the past two days? Why are the production numbers low compared to last year? Sadly, these are common themes in the morning huddle. There are days when patients are not even discussed. Why is this? It is not due to a lack of caring. For most it is simply a lack of time. Unfortunately, the business aspect of a dental clinic can quickly overshadow everything else without the proper support staff, who help deflect the everyday tasks from the most important part of any dental practice — the patients.
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The future of caries detection is in dentistry's youngest patients
Inside Dental Assisting
Improvements in dental caries detection technology continue to be made. Whereas 20 years ago there were few, if any, advanced technologies present in the marketplace, today there are a dozen or more products making claims that they can detect caries lesions, some at a far earlier stage than visual examination or radiography.
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Med Sleeves keep everyone happy in the dental office
Dentistry IQ
Med Sleeves are a repurposed product from the makers of Spirit Sleeves, who understand that everyone prefers to have the thermostat set at a different temperature, and that everyone occasionally needs that little extra layer of warmth to get them through the chill.
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I feel threatened by the second dental assistant
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: What should an assistant do when her boss/dentist/owner plays favorites with the new overflow/second assistant? He requires me to give her my clients when the front office does not fill her schedule. I have talked to him many times about this behavior.
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ADAA DANB Scholarship Program
American Dental Assistants Association
The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) have launched a new scholarship program to help dental assistants turn their professional development plans into reality.
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Top 10 Reasons to attend the
2013 ADA Annual Session


When will healthcare truly be affordable?
By Mike Wokasch
With implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. has taken a huge step in attempting to make healthcare affordable for all U.S. citizens. The objectives are clear and well-intended. The healthcare benefits of the law are significant, but we are kidding ourselves if we really think healthcare is going to be affordable, especially for the currently uninsured.
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Industry Pulse: Will the Affordable Care Act actually reduce healthcare costs?
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The role of the dental assistant in addressing access to care
Janet Tuthill, RDH, MA, Director of Dental Assistant Program at Stony Brook University,
School of Dental Medicine

Deamonte Driver was a seventh grader from Prince George's County, Md., who died of complications from an abscessed tooth on Feb. 25, 2007. Deamonte's life could have been saved by routine dental visits and an $80 extraction. Deamonte complained of a headache. His mother was unable to find a dentist to see him who would accept Medicaid patients, so she took her son to a hospital emergency room where he was given medicine for a headache, sinusitis and a dental abscess and sent home. He quickly got much sicker and was rushed to surgery, where it was discovered that the bacteria from his abscessed tooth had spread to his brain.
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REMINDER: 2013 Annual Session Awards Nominations
DEADLINE IS JUNE 30


New Member Involvement Award — To a member who has shown the most outstanding achievement in promoting the objectives of ADAA.

ADAA President's Award of Excellence - To a member who has shown the most outstanding achievements in promoting ADAA (underwritten by Henry Schein) $500.

Loyal Assistant Award - To a member who has demonstrated loyalty as well as longevity in service to their employer; need not be present to win.

ADAA/Sunstar Americas Pride Awards - Presented to a member who believes in loyalty to self as well as the profession of dental assisting, Categories include: Clinical Assistant, Business/Administrative Assistant, Educator and Federal Services; $250 plus a donation of $250 to the ADAA Foundation in the name of the recipient.

For complete details and guidelines on all awards, visit: http://www.dentalassistant.org/Content/Details/ADAA-Awards


Genetics-based risk assessment brings personalized preventive care to dentistry
Medical News Today
Interleukin Genetics, Inc. has announced the online publication of the research study "Patient Stratification for Preventive Dental Care" in Journal of Dental Research. The study provides new insights into the prevention of periodontitis (gum disease) and the opportunity for significant advancement in the delivery of personalized, preventive dental care. Periodontitis affects 47 percent of the adult population. The study explored the influence of three key risk factors for periodontal disease — smoking, diabetes and genetics — on tooth loss given varied frequencies of preventive dental visits that included cleanings.
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New study indicates success treating tooth and pulp decay with stem cell method
PRWeb via Compendium
Scientists report in the current issue of STEM CELLS Translational Medicine that they are close to developing a new and effective way to treat tooth decay that fully restores the tooth rather than requires it to be filled, capped, or extracted. The method, which uses stem cells, could prove especially useful in treating the kinds of cavities leading to that most dreaded and painful procedure — the root canal.
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Forensic hiring: Put applicants 'under the microscope'
By Jan Keller
Hiring new staff members can be a daunting process, especially as the consequences of making a mistake are costly — in time, money and stress. It doesn't have to be that way. There are ways to put candidates "under the microscope" to make sure you choose the right person every time, and finally put an end to the mystery of the personnel revolving door most practices are familiar with.

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Conservative dentistry: Dental crowns or veneers?
WorlDental.org Dental Health Magazine
The greatest majority of dentists will agree that the use of the porcelain veneers (where possible of course!), allows for a much more conservative procedure than the use of the dental crowns. There are many different brands and types of dental veneers which are as thin as .3 mm, but which are extremely strong, so reconstruction will not only be aesthetically pleasing but also highly functional.

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Tongue patch surgery for rapid weight loss
Dentistry IQ
There is a dangerous weight loss fad in Beverly Hills, and it's not pretty. In order to lose as many as 30 pounds in a single month, patients are having postage-stamp size pieces of rough plastic sewn onto their tongues, making it impossible for them to eat. The plastic is attached with six stitches and left in place for up to one month

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The jaw is also a casualty when bacterium causes gum disease
Medical News Today
The newly discovered bacterium that causes gum disease delivers a one-two punch by also triggering normally protective proteins in the mouth to actually destroy more bone, a University of Michigan study found. Scientists and oral healthcare providers have known for decades that bacteria are responsible for periodontitis, or gum disease. Until now, however, they hadn't identified the bacterium.
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Being exposed to Bisphenol A early may harm enamel
Dentistry Today
It may be best to keep children away from Bisphenol A. A new study shows that the teeth of rats treated with small doses of BPA could be damaged by it. The damage showed the same trends as the recent pathology of 18 percent of children ages 6 through 8.
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ADAAF ANNOUNCES CONTEST FOR STATES
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!



Oral cancer sneaks up
The New York Times
The actor Michael Douglas has done for throat cancer what Rock Hudson did for AIDS and Angelina Jolie did for prophylactic mastectomy. By asserting recently that his cancer was caused by a virus transmitted during oral sex, Douglas pushed the disease onto the front pages and made millions of Americans worry about it for the first time. In this case, it was a subset of Americans who normally worry more about being killed by cholesterol than by an STD. The typical victim is a middle-aged, middle-class, married heterosexual white man who has had about six oral sex partners in his lifetime.
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