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June. 28, 2011
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Linda Brown — A dental assistant you should know
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In the 10th grade, I heard about the Regional Occupation Program offered at the Oxnard AFB Facility for Dental Assistants, says Linda Brown. I was intrigued what I had heard about the program, so I investigated it further. The ROP offered the opportunity to become a dental assistant within one year. The ROP's focus is on very intensive education, focused on the specific trade, so I knew I'd be getting a quality educational experience. I signed up in my senior year and a year later I was out practicing my new trade. Over my 35 year career I worked for numerous dentists. The past 10 years, I decided to only do temporary work with dental offices so that I could have an opportunity to see how different doctors practice.

PDA stresses importance of screenings to detect oral cancer
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Oral cancer claims more lives than leukemia, Hodgkin's lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, or skin cancer. In 2010, approximately 36,540 Americans were diagnosed with this largely preventable type of cancer that affects the mouth and throat; 7,880 died of the disease. Early detection is essential to dramatically reduce the number of deaths from oral cancer.

The Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) urges you to take the necessary steps to protect yourself from oral cancer. It is important to visit the dentist twice a year and ensure that oral cancer screenings are a part of every checkup. An oral cancer examination can identify early signs of this disease, when it can be treated more successfully.

For more information and FAQs, go the Patient Resource Center and click on Oral Cancer:

Persistence: A virtue or something your teacher told you?
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Many new dental assisting grads are now finding themselves with the task of sitting for credentialing exams and then hunting for the perfect first dental assisting job. Does that perfect job truly exist? And if so, will we ever find it? Some of us luck out on the first try while others … well, let's just say we took the selective route to finding our dream. More
Reminder: 2011 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.

Stand taller for Posture Month
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May was National Correct Posture Month, and it seems mom was even right about standing up straight. From athletes like Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton who work with a postural alignment therapist, to the thousands of people with back pain and muscle aches being helped by Certified Posture Exercise Professionals, strengthening posture is important.

Improving your posture is not just about looking good. Studies show people with better posture really are healthier and actually live longer. From kids with backpacks or cane–carrying seniors, studies show poor posture is a major cause of back and neck pain for all ages, and over time often contributes to digestive and cardio–pulmonary problems.

Here are three things to help keep you standing tall: Take an annual posture picture; do posture strengthening exercises; and have smart posture habits. Want to read more? Click here.

How cavity-causing microbes invade heart
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Scientists have discovered the tool that bacteria normally found in our mouths use to invade heart tissue, causing a dangerous and sometimes lethal infection of the heart known as endocarditis. The work raises the possibility of creating a screening tool — perhaps a swab of the cheek, or a spit test — to gauge a dental patient's vulnerability to the condition. More

Xerostomia — The prevalent dry mouth syndrome
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is caused by reduced or absent saliva flow due to impaired salivary gland function. While oral dryness may not sound serious, xerostomia can in fact be a contributing factor in a number of oral health problems, including increased risk of plaque, tooth demineralization, dental caries, dental erosion, oral yeast infections, and ulcers of the tongue. More

The American Dental Assistants Association is calling for nominations
for Officers/Trustees
Nominations Deadline: June 30

Do you or someone you know demonstrate leadership and great communication skills in the field of dental assisting?

Nominations are due on June 30. Nominee must be an active ADAA member.

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Positions available

Second District Trustee – serving NY, NJ, PA
Third District Trustee – serving DE, DFC, MD, OH, VA, WV
Sixth District Trustee – serving IL, IN, MI
Ninth District Trustee – serving AR, LA, OK, TX

President Elect
Vice President

The elected officer/trustee must be available to be installed at the President's Gala on Thursday, Oct 13, at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
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For more information on position/duties, contact ADAA Central Office.


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