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July 7, 2009
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A message from President Stephen E. Spadaro:

The AMERICAN DENTAL ASSISTANTS ASSOCIATION is pleased to introduce our new eNewsletter! This eNewsletter will be emailed once a week to our many friends who are interested and connected to the dental assisting field. This eNewsletter is educational and designed to cover all types of dental articles from all over the US and abroad. We will feature some of the best dental assistants in the field; provide information about our current promotions, and more.

This is your eNewsletter and we appreciate your feedback on topics and items you would like to see included. We want to hear from you and publish your success stories. We are always looking for articles that our dental community would benefit from. Please send all articles and or comments to

Thank you and enjoy your new eNewsletter.

Warmest regards,

Stephen E. Spadaro

Why, Dry?
from Woman Dentist Journal
Dry mouth is a term that seems to have caught on. It's descriptive. The term xerostomia is equally descriptive and to top it off it's Latin, making it more of a medical term. These terms are interchangeable, and refer to a condition where a person has a sensation of mouth dryness. The condition or sensation is caused by a number of things, most notably medications. More

RDA LICENSURE – Finally A Reality!
from ADAA
The Minnesota DAA Legislative Committee has been on the quest for licensure of the Minnesota Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) for the past thirteen years and on May 22, 2009, became a long-awaited reality when Governor Pawlenty signed HF 1760 into law. Please click here, and scroll to line 35.32, Sec. 40, to read the bill in its entirety.

New Jersey Dental School Grads Seem Unscathed by Unemployment Rate
from WebWire
N.J. dental assistants are in high demand. The medical and dental field is flourishing with opportunities for trained and qualified assistants as dentists continue to hire additional help so that they may devote more of their own time to performing complex procedures for patients. More

'Chewing Robot' Could Revolutionize Dental Research
from the Telegraph
The mechanical mandible allows experts to study the wear-and-tear on dental fittings like crowns and bridges without using costly human subjects. Fittings are made from well-known metals, polymers and ceramics – but their dental wear properties are often poorly understood. More


ADAA has developed a group page on the popular social networking site Facebook. Networking has never been so easy! Interested members can go to and search ADAA – American Dental Assistants Association. (If you do not have a facebook account, sign up is free and easy!) Develop a page for your state or chapter!

Contact Nancy Rodriguez for assistance.

Youth Benefit from Mobile Dental Service
from The Arizona Republic
Sometimes when a child climbs into the chair of the Community Dental Foundation mobile van and opens his mouth, the dentist sees half a dozen cavities and a painful infection. "There could be 20 problems," says Carsten Loelke, one of the foundation's co-founders. "A child who's 3 years old might need 10 crowns. It's so painful to see." More

Study: Orange Juice Worse for Teeth than Whitening Agents
from Science Daily
With the increasing popularity of whitening one’s teeth, researchers at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, set out to learn if there are negative effects on the tooth from using whitening products. Researchers found that the effects of 6 percent hydrogen peroxide, the common ingredient in professional and over-the-counter whitening products, are insignificant compared to acidic fruit juices. Orange juice markedly decreased hardness and increased roughness of tooth enamel. More

Sleep Disorders Linked to Arrhythmias
from Forbes
Older men who have severe sleep-related breathing problems are at increased risk for abnormal heart rhythms, a U.S. study finds. The study included 2,911 men who underwent sleep testing between 2003 and 2005. Those who had more episodes of paused or shallow breathing during sleep were more likely to have two types of arrhythmias, found Dr. Reena Mehra and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. More

ROI on Probing
from RDH Magazine
In the last 30-plus years, dentistry has evolved through so many changes after so many opinions to the same question we should never cease asking. How can we do this better for patients and clinicians and make a profit? Well, not just for profit's sake, but especially for the patients' benefit. With the currently known systemic links to oral health, what is a standard of care that has consistent results for patients and clinicians alike that also produces a profit, creating a win-win result for everyone? More

Recognize a DENTAL ASSISTANT we should know!

Do you know a great dental assistant? Are you a great dental assistant?

Honor yourself or a colleague by submitting your selection to ADAA.
Submit your nomination to

We want to hear from you!

Let us know all or some of the following information. Please send comments/suggestions on this dental assistant of the week feature to
What we need:
  • Photograph (required)
  • Name (required)
  • Town/State
  • Name of Dental Practice/Company
  • Years as a Dental Assistant...
  • Areas worked (clinical, admin, academic, sales)
  • What interested you in dental assisting...
  • Favorite Aspect(s) of Dental Assisting
  • Reasons for joining ADAA...
  • Goals for the future…
  • Hobbies/family…

Nominee must be member of ADAA. Dental Assistant of the Week will be selected by the Internet Technology Advisory Ad-Hoc Committee.

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