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ADAA working for you! Taking a look behind the scenes
Dr. Carolyn Breen, ADAA President
As swiftly approaching the completion of my term as ADAA president, it seems fitting to share a behind-the-scenes look at the association with you, our highly valued members. In being a "new comer" to your ADAA Board and "hitting the ground running," I have consistently been amazed by the dedication and resourcefulness of your executive committee, trustees, executive director and staff in representing your interests.

As the national organization protecting the welfare of all dental assistants from varying employment settings and positions across the country and making strides in elevating and promoting our profession, the daunting task of effective communication to facilitate the ongoing conduct of business has been far from easy.
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Time for the annual DAD salary survey!
Dentistry IQ
It's that time again … time for the annual Dental Assisting Digest salary survey! This is one of the most important and well-read articles each year for Dental Assisting Digest. It's also one of the most requested pieces of information each year, both in emails I receive and questions I'm asked when I travel around the country to speak to audiences of dental assistants, writes Kevin Henry, editor of Dental Assisting Digest.
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Summertime risks for children's teeth are abundant
Inside Dental Assisting
Kids are out of school, with more opportunities to snack and play vigorously during the day. Many families are heading to the pool and on beach trips, playing outside and savoring salt water taffy and ice cream by the gallon. Stephen C. Mitchell, D.M.D., a pediatric dentist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, offered tips to help maintain dental health over the summer – from what to eat and drink to what to do if a tooth is broken or knocked out.
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ERs seeing increase of people visiting with dental problems
American Dental Association
More people are heading to the emergency room with dental problems, an increase largely driven by young adults who don't have dental benefits, according to the ADA Health Policy Resources Center.
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Study links dental prostheses and survival
DrBicuspid.com
People with both natural teeth and partial dentures had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality than those with all natural teeth, but people with partial and full dentures had a higher risk of CVD mortality than those who had full dentures only or with very few opposing natural teeth, according to a study in the Journal of Dentistry.
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2013 ADA Annual Session


Bad economy, good opportunity?
By Jan Keller
Times are tough. We all know someone who is struggling to make ends meet. When consumers, including patients, feel this kind of economic pinch, they naturally start looking for places to cut costs. So what should your practice be doing to make sure this cost-cutting does not include needed and recommended dental treatment? How do you and your practice continue to prosper, and even turn a struggling economy into a good opportunity?
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Crossword puzzle: Infection control challenge
RDH Magazine
No. 1, 14 letters going across: Name the type of wast that poses a risk to humans. (May be disposed of in a red lined box).
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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. In the past 17 years as a software trainer and practice management consultant, I have averaged at least one office a year that has discovered embezzlement.

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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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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. (DANB). 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?"

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Gum contouring procedure main costs
WorlDental.org Dental Health Magazine
With gum contouring (gingivectomy or gum lift procedure), the dental surgeon will remove the excess gum tissue to expose the teeth in a natural manner. After that, the surgeon will perform gingivoplasty, where he will shape nicely the gum tissue to look perfect.
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Tobacco control policies stop people from smoking and save lives
Inside Dental Assisting
Tobacco control measures put in place in 41 countries between 2007 and 2010 will prevent some 7.4 million premature deaths by 2050, according to a study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.
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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!



Not all coated toothbrushes are created equal
DrBicuspid.com
Coating toothbrush bristles with chlorhexidine appears to reduce concentrations of some harmful oral bacteria more than coating them with silver nanoparticles.
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77 hepatitis C cases reported in Oklahoma infection scandal
DrBicuspid.com
Oklahoma health officials now say 77 patients of Tulsa oral surgeon W. Scott Harrington, DMD, have tested positive for hepatitis C. In addition, five former patients of Harrington have tested positive for hepatitis B and four for HIV, according to state and Tulsa health officials.
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    Guidelines for developing successful negotiation skills (Carolyn Breen, ADAA President via Dentistry IQ)
Stay up-to-date on dental assisting requirements (Dentistry IQ)
Feds change how providers apply identification number on insurance claims (American Dental Association)
Study: Bacteria contaminate dental unit reservoir water (DrBicuspid)
Finishing and polishing: Using the best tools to achieve natural-looking results (Inside Dentistry)
Is your practice embezzlement-proof? (By Jan Keller)

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