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Guidelines for developing successful negotiation skills
Carolyn Breen, ADAA President via Dentistry IQ
As dental assistants, whether in the workplace, while performing daily responsibilities, or participating in volunteer or salaried activities, we often use negotiating skills to achieve positive outcomes. Negotiating skills may be very useful in facilitating conflict resolution before issues escalate into major problems or even legal action.
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Preparing patients for geriatric oral healthcare needs
Inside Dental Assisting
What happened to Mrs. Jones? Some dental teams have had the experience of wondering what has become of an elderly patient who has been in the practice for 25 years or so. Because clinicians are frequently so busy running their practices, there often is no time to follow up with these complex patients who no longer make their recall appointments because of cognitive decline, transportation issues, and other problems that typically accompany older age. Elderly patients may develop poor oral hygiene secondary to declines in manual dexterity and cognition and/or develop a dry mouth and xerostomia because of their medication.
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Finishing and polishing: Using the best tools to achieve natural-looking results
Inside Dentistry
When finishing a restoration, clinicians are careful to ensure that any new structures added to a patient's mouth blend as seamlessly as possible with the existing dentition. Each distinct step in creating a strong, esthetic final restoration requires its own unique set of tools. The last step, finishing and polishing, offers clinicians an almost overwhelming number of options for shaping a restoration into its final form. The number and variety of finishing and polishing tools available allow clinicians to perform superb finishing touches on all types of dental work and provide patients with restoration results that look like their natural teeth.
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Stay up-to-date on dental assisting requirements
Dentistry IQ
There are two questions that dental assistants often ask the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. One of the most common questions DANB hears is, "How can I perform expanded functions?" The other popular question from dental assistants is, "What do I need to do to meet state requirements?" Both of these questions can be tough to answer since each state has its own requirements for dental assistants. Because duties, job titles and requirements vary from state to state, it's important for dental assistants to be informed about the duties that dental assistants are allowed to perform or prohibited from performing, and any education, exam, certification or other requirements in their state and any state in which they plan to work.
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Study: Bacteria contaminate dental unit reservoir water
DrBicuspid
A study to determine the qualitative and quantitative contamination of dental unit reservoir water found widespread contamination of potentially pathogenic bacteria in the water. The study included water samples from 107 unit reservoirs, which Polish researchers analyzed for aerobic and facultative anaerobic bacteria contamination and the risk these pathogens may pose to dental staff and patients.
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2013 ADA Annual Session


Feds change how providers apply identification number on insurance claims
American Dental Association
The federal government has made some changes in how dentists and other health care providers must apply an identification number they typically use on claim submissions. The National Provider Identifier is a unique, government-issued, standard identification number for individual health care providers and provider organizations such as clinics, hospitals, schools and group practices. NPIs that specify an individual, such as a solo practice dentist, are classified as Entity Type 1 (Individuals) NPIs.
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Is your practice embezzlement-proof?
By Jan Keller
Everyone thinks it won't happen to them. Believe me, it happens more often than you think and often from the person you trusted the most. That's right — embezzlement. There are innumerable areas in the office where stealing and embezzlement can and does happen, from a few hundred to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Are you doing all that you can to protect yourself and your team? Using security systems in your practice management software is a good place to start, but it's just one step making your practice embezzlement-proof.
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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


Genetic test may tell how often you need to go to dentist
CBS News
Our genes may stave off a trip to the dentist. A new study in which researchers tracked dental patients for 16 years, looking for gum disease and tooth loss, found that people with healthy mouths who have mutations in their IL-1 gene are more likely to have teeth woes than those without the genetic variation.
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The art of hand washing has yet to be mastered
USA Today
According to a new study, only 5 percent of people washed their hands enough to kill infection and illness causing germs after using the bathroom. To make matters worse, 33 percent of hand washers didn't use soap, and 10 percent skipped the hygienic step altogether. "It's horrifying," says, Carl Borchgrevink, an associate professor at Michigan State University's School of Hospitality and Business who led the research. "A majority didn't even make an effort."
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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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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, Maryland, 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.

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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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Filing or extracting baby teeth unnecessary for children
WorlDental.org Dental Health Magazine
According to statistics data collected by researchers from Manchester University about 40 percentof 5-year-old children in U.K. have tooth decay and 10 percent of them are being treated with fillings. Experts acknowledge there is a wide variation in children dental care and there are no strict treatment guidelines and dentists have to rely on their professional judgement and experience to consider whether to intervene and provide treatment to children with signs of tooth decay.
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Video program may help dental anxiety patients
Dental Tribune International
Many patients report significant fear of dental injections, leading them to avoid dental visits. However, their fear could be reduced through a computer program. In a recent study, researchers found that watching the program's videos led to significant changes in self-reported fear in the study participants and increased their willingness to undergo a dental injection.
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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!



How effective is mouthwash?
Dentistry Today
A recent clinical study in the Journal of Clinical Dentistry analyzed this issue. It showed that mouthwash did slightly reduce the risk of gum disease. To compile the data, 139 participants were divided into two groups. The first group was told to use mouthwash while the other group was given a placebo to gargle with. The results concluded that the group using mouthwash had better oral health than the group that used the placebo.
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