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Are you in the right dental office?
Claudia G. Pohl, President of American Dental Assistants Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Interesting question, isn't it? Is it one you've thought about? It's natural to think that all dental practices will be the "same." The reality though is that not all offices are created equal. Some offices are small, single-doctor, and fee-for-service while others are larger, multi-doctor, HMO practices. Additionally, each dentist will have his/her own philosophy, values and style that will affect the practice and how dentistry is delivered.I remember early in my career when I was doing some temporary work and I worked in many different offices. It was an eye-opening experience for me. I realized then how different dental offices really could be!
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Factors in coronal polishing
Inside Dental Assisting    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Coronal polishing is a procedure used to remove stain and plaque from the enamel surfaces of the teeth, after the removal of hard deposits such as calculus from the tooth surfaces. This process requires the use of a dental handpiece, a polishing agent, and a rubber cup/brush. For many years, coronal polishing had been in the hands of the dental hygienists or dentists, but recently many states have allowed dental assistants who have had the required training to perform this procedure. At the time of publication, 43 states allowed dental assistants to perform coronal polishing, and more states may be changing their practice acts to include dental assistants. More

Exploring the main points of a dental assistant career
Dental Health Magazine via WorlDental.org    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of the nice things regarding dental assistant career is that you just have a large vary of duties. With such a big amount of completely different tasks to try and do throughout the day, you would not often get bored or uninterested. Additionally, you pay a maximum time below the supervisions of skilled dentist that provides for excellent expertise if you’re considering advancing your career. More

A step closer to growing a tooth
ScienceDaily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To build a tooth, a detailed recipe to instruct cells to differentiate towards proper lineages and form dental cells is needed. Researchers in the group of Professor Irma Thesleff at the Institute of Biotechnology in Helsinki, Finland have now found a marker for dental stem cells. They showed that the transcription factor Sox2 is specifically expressed in stem cells of the mouse front tooth. More


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Dental assistant wins $500K in Georgia lottery
DrBicuspid    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Debra Ellis, a dental assistant from Murray County, Ga., has won $500,000 in an instant game called Cash Deluxe from the Georgia Lottery. The 52-year-old woman bought her ticket at a convenience store in Chatsworth. More

Cost, not fear, keeps more people from dentist
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Cost is a bigger factor than fear when it's time to visit the dentist, a new government report shows. The national survey on oral health shows 4 out of 10 adults in the U.S. say cost is the main reason they don't visit the dentist with an oral health problem like a toothache or loose teeth "in the past six months." More

Oral health status measured in national survey
American Dental Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most American adults say their oral health is good, says a survey responding to the Surgeon General's call for more information about the status of the U.S. population's oral health and the ability to access care. Based on recommendations of the Surgeon General's year 2000 report Oral Health in America and subsequent initiatives, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research sponsored a set of supplementary questions about oral health on the 2008 National Health Interview Survey conducted by U.S. Census Bureau interviewers. More



Green tea helps maintain healthy teeth and gums
The Science of Dentistry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It has been scientifically proven that green tea helps maintain healthy teeth and gums. This miraculous plant has been known for over 4,000 years. In a recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology, researchers discovered that people who consume green tea on a regular basis have much healthier teeth and gums. More

Tongue piercing: Is it dangerous?
Dental Health Magazine via WorlDental.org    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tongue piercing is not a trend now, because it can almost be regarded as an old-fashioned procedure. However, even today, youngsters do pierce their tongues, and unfortunately, this procedure might have several health complications. More


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The state of fluoridation
American Dental Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For 67 years, community water fluoridation has been part of the landscape in the United States public health arena. Hundreds of studies have confirmed its safety and effectiveness in reducing caries rates since 1945, when Grand Rapids, Mich., became the first community to adjust the fluoride levels in its water supply to lower tooth decay rates in children. More

Standardized terminology needed for perio diagnoses
Dr. Bicuspid    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study in the Journal of Periodontology has added clinical support to recent publications suggesting a need for standardizing the terminology used in diagnosing periodontitis. More



No-preparation veneers to enhance the natural tooth
Inside Dental Technology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As we all know, preparation design can make or break a case. With proper planning and preparation design, we can create stunning esthetics with depth and vitality. Without it, the best we can do is usually an over-contoured, manufactured-looking restoration. The same can be said about no-preparation dentistry — even though we are looking to nature to provide our preparation design instead of the dentist. More

10 tooth-cleaning devices and products of yesteryear
Mental Floss    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mental Floss magazine takes a closer look at the products and devices folks have used throughout the centuries to fight plaque, tartar, oral fungi and other miscellaneous cavity creeps. More


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