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Pack more pay into your dental assistant paycheck
Do you ever wish for more rewards from your career in dentistry? The good news is that there is huge potential in expanding your career and adding value to your patients and practice. You may have come across conversations that discuss compensation on many dental assisting forums and Facebook page. However, one surprising fact is that many team members rate appreciation from their boss as the No. 1 criteria in job satisfaction. Also in the top three are variation in work, and job security, and actual wages ranks fourth!
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Dental assisting schools are the first rung on the ladder to promoting professionalism
By Yvonne Evans, RDA, BS, TNDAA Secretary 2014-2015

In school, we are taught there are nine dental specialists; pediatric dentists, orthodontists, endodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists, oral maxillofacial pathology, oral maxillofacial radiology and oral maxillofacial surgery. During our externship, we were encouraged to visit as many of the specialty offices we could as well as the general dentist. In doing this, we as students, could determine where we felt most comfortable and provide the best support to the dental team. Some dental assistants are great with children and will work well in a pediatric dental office. Others may have a passion for surgery and will choose oral surgery.

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ADAA Foundation contest
We need you! The ADAA Foundation is holding a contest for the ADAA District that donates the most money to the ADAA Foundation! Our Corporate Sponsors are sponsoring a District and will match the funds donated by that District up to $2,500. This contest is for funds donated between April 15 and Sept. 15 and the District that donates the most funds will receive the STAR Treatment at our ADAA Annual Session. Make your District the STAR. Contribute today. It doesn't need to be a large donation … every donation adds up.
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Where do you stand with your dental ergonomics?
The definition of good/proper posture is when the head is centered over the shoulders and spine and the cervical curve maintains ideal positioning. By that definition, as dentists, we deviate from that model every day we see patients. With poor ergonomics, we may not notice it on a day-to-day basis, but long term, the progression of musculoskeletal disease is slow, yet inevitable.
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Police: Pennsylvania parents failed to seek dental care for girl with 14 abscessed teeth
The Morning Call
The parents of a 6-year-old Lehigh Township, Pennsylvania, girl face criminal charges after they repeatedly neglected to get dental care for the girl's 14 abscessed teeth that caused an infection so severe a dentist feared it could kill her, court records state. Kenneth Wanamaker Jr. and Jessica Hoffman, were charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Both Wanamaker, 36, and Hoffman, 31, are free after posting $40,000 bail.
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Treating gum disease linked to improvements in other conditions
People who were treated for periodontal disease had lower healthcare costs and fewer hospitalizations for other medical conditions compared to those whose gum disease went untreated, a new study has found. "We were very surprised at the magnitude of the results," Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat told Reuters Health. She led the study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia.
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Top 10 ways to ensure your best people will quit
Most reasons the most talented and productive people flee a given workplace can be avoided. Here are common mistakes, along with better alternatives.
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How should team handle beloved dentist who has terrible skills?
QUESTION: I am a part-time hygienist in a solo practice that has been treating patients with high-quality dentistry. The dentist recently sold the practice and the new dentist is very kind and gentle, just like the previous dentist. The employees all like her very much, as do the patients. However, her dentistry is terrible. Several patients have returned because the fillings were not done right. The assistant has made some suggestions, but the dentist really needs to improve her skills.
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Why you should treat employees as stakeholders
Dental Products Report
Employees need be told what to do while stakeholders don't need that kind of supervision and they actually have the freedom to question things to see if there's a better way to get the job done.
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Substance may provide boost to enamel
Dentistry Today
It may be beneficial to your health if you eat more dark chocolate. A dentist from Beverly Hills, California, claims that a bitter power found in dark chocolate, theobromine, can actually harden the enamel. This would add protection to the teeth against the possible impact of staining.
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Educational YouTube Channel for infection control professionals
Inside Dental Assisting
Crosstex International, the global leader in infection prevention and protection for the healthcare industry, is proud to announce the launch of its new YouTube channel, Crosstex Protects. The channel will be home to the company's ongoing series of educational videos showcasing important sterilization procedures, product usage tutorials, and a well-guided tour through the latest compliance requirements.

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New research set to improve quality of life for denture patients
Medical Xpress
Around 3.7 million people in Britain have no natural teeth and many find it difficult to wear lower dentures, causing problems in chewing and speaking that have a significant effect on their quality of life. Most of those who have lost their teeth are over the age of 65, and the impact of ill-fitting dentures on their lives is so severe that the World Health Organization has classified individuals with such difficulties as disabled.

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Study: Gum disease bacteria selectively disarm immune system
Bacteria responsible for many cases of periodontitis cause an imbalance in the microbial community in the gums, with a sophisticated, two-prong manipulation of the human immune system, research shows. Not only does the team's discovery open up new targets for periodontitis treatment, it also suggests a bacterial strategy that could be at play in other diseases involving dysbiosis.

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New study: Intra-oral scanners accelerate workflow
Dental Tribune International
Digital technology is increasingly determining work in everyday dental practice. Intra-oral scanners, for example, provide new treatment options for the patient and are expected to accelerate the prosthetic workflow. However, little is known about the actual time required to make digital impressions. Now, a new study has confirmed that computer-aided impression making is more time efficient than conventional methods.
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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:

To learn more about the scholarship requirements and deadlines, download the application or visit or

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