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Promoting infection control in dentistry
Health News Digest
"Iatrogenic" is an adjective describing a medical condition that was induced inadvertently, by a physician or surgeon, or by medical treatment, or diagnostic procedures. Arguably, the largest, and most preventable class of iatrogenic incidents are health care-acquired infections (HAIs). According to the CDC, the number of HAIs in acute care facilities in 2011 was 721,800. If we include all other health care settings, the number is likely twice that.
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5 strategies to create a self-managed dental team
Dentistry IQ
"Why do I have to keep going over this with my dental team?" Does this question sound familiar? I know that in my 20+ years of managing dental teams, I've probably asked this hundreds of times. The frustration of it can wear you down, can't it?
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Post-sale patient retention — uncovering the myths
Dental Economics
In nearly every transition involving the sale of a dental practice, the purchasing dentist has a valid concern regarding patient retention following the sale. A common misconception surrounding these transitions is that a large portion of the patient base will abandon the practice after the sale.
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How to get through to the team member with bad breath?
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: I work in ortho. We have a team member who has a serious perio problem. Numerous times this has been brought to the doctor’s attention, but he has not dealt with it. Instead of talking to her, he insisted that everyone get a cleaning and checkup. Well, we all did, except her. He even bought special mouthwash for all of us to use. Guess who refuses to use it? She says it makes her mouth feel weird. The whole team is up in arms about this because we can smell it, so I know her patients must smell it. What can we do about this problem?
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New study reveals widespread support for rapid HIV testing in dental surgeries
Medical News Today
More than 80 per cent of oral health patients are willing to receive rapid HIV-testing in dental settings, which could help reduce the spread of the HIV according to a groundbreaking study revealed at a Sydney University HIV Testing Symposium. The first of its kind study of 521 Sydney-based dental patients assessed patients' willingness to undergo rapid HIV testing in dental settings, their preference for HIV testing-type type and their willingness to pay for the test.
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10 ways to communicate better at work
U.S. News & World Report
Communication is arguably one of the most important business skills, no matter what your industry. Yet so many of us haven't been trained in how to communicate with co-workers and clients. Here are some tips to help you become a better communicator:
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Team-generated meeting agendas keep interest high
Dentistry IQ
Some of the most important conversations you have in the practice stem from your weekly meetings. Each meeting should have a team-generated agenda because the agenda is an essential communication tool. A blank agenda should be posted in a place where every team member can see it and feel encouraged to add items during the week. If you don’t already post an agenda in a central place, you need to decide where to place it.
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Half of Americans are satisfied with their oral health
Dental Tribune
In a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. citizens across the nation, 50 percent of the respondents rated their oral health as very good or excellent, while only 19 percent described their oral health as fair or poor. In addition, the survey found that those who visited the dentist more often reported both better oral health and better overall well-being compared with those who seldom visited the dentist.
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How to better engage with patients on social media
Dental Products Report
Rachel Mele describes herself as an Internet and social media junkie … and she doesn't believe she is that different than many of the people who sit in your chair on a daily basis. So how should dental practices better engage with the 1.15 billion people who are on Facebook? How can you attract new patients and interact with current ones who spend their time liking and updating the day away?
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Tooth tales: Prehistoric plaque reveals early humans ate weeds
Live Science via Fox News
When looking for a meal, prehistoric people in Africa munched on the tuberous roots of weeds such as the purple nutsedge, according to a new study of hardened plaque on samples of ancient teeth. Researchers examined the dental buildup of 14 people buried at Al Khiday, an archeological site near the Nile River in central Sudan. The skeletons date back to between about 6,700 B.C., when prehistoric people relied on hunting and gathering, to agricultural times, at about the beginning of the first millennium B.C.
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The 5 worst things that can happen when a patient walks into your dental practice
Dental Practice Management
Of all the nerve! Her back is turned to the patient, and she is trying to talk discreetly into the phone … but the call goes on and on for eternity. The receptionist doesn't even acknowledge the patient to take a seat or sign in. The very first thing a patient (new or "seasoned") sees in your practice is the person working at the front desk. If he or she doesn't acknowledge a patient's presence, how excited is that patient going to be to be there … or come back? Ignoring someone is the worst form of branding for your practice. It means you simply don't care.
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Study examines link between periodontitis and atherosclerosis
Compendium
Chronic oral infection with the periodontal disease pathogen, Porphyromonas gingivalis, not only causes local inflammation of the gums leading to tooth loss but also is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis. A study published in PLOS Pathogens now reveals how the pathogen evades the immune system to induce inflammation beyond the oral cavity.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of ADAA Online 24/7, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ADAA, your knowledge of the dental assistant industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.

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ADAA membership builds friendships
By Jennifer S. Broyles, RDA — 12th District Trustee, Jan DeBell, CDA, BS, MS — 11th District Trustee, CMSgt Carolyn Regan — Federal Services District-US Air Force
Federal District Trustee Carolyn Regan, 12th District Trustee Jennifer Broyles, and 11th District Trustee Jan DeBell serve on the ADAA Board of Trustees. In this article they share their favorite thing about being a member … friendship.

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Communication skills you can learn from flying a kite
Dental Economics
Flying this kite is a great metaphor for how we use our communication skills. Whether to persuade, sell, coach, or convince, the goal is typically to produce some change in action. Yet we all know that the hard sale, pushing too hard, forcing a point, seldom succeeds. Successful communicators know that course corrections must be relative to the persons and the environment in order to work well. What is too much and what is not enough?

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