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Dental assistants: How to meet state requirements when moving from one state to another
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The first thing to do after you announce, "I'm moving!" is educate yourself about the dental assisting requirements in your new state. To locate this information, access resources such as DANB's State-Specific Information page, which is a compilation of state-specific dental assisting information. More

Antioxidants and oral health
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It's global and around the clock, driven by rapidly expanding news, Internet, and social media outlets. The latest "discovery" in treating or preventing disease — proven or not — spreads quickly through the channels and dominates the headlines. That is, until word of the next major discovery breaks. It often falls on oral healthcare providers to separate the science from the spin, to help our patients develop their health literacy and critical eye. Because dental team members are well versed in evidence-based dentistry and peer-reviewed research, they can offer their patients more grounded information. More

ADA issues alert about spam email
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ADA members and others in the dental community received a spam email message July 25 that appeared to come from the American Dental Association. Recipients of the message (displayed above) are advised against opening it or attempting to access the link contained within. It is an attempt to trick you into clicking on the link "Secure account log in," which may result in an attempt to infect your computer with a virus or to trick you into providing personal information. More

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Tobacco-addicted dental patients
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There are certain facts about tobacco use that continue to slap us in the face. Every year, 450,000 Americans die from tobacco-related illnesses. These include heart disease, stroke, COPD, and cancer. These diseases are chronic in nature, usually making one's remaining life less than pleasant. In addition, there is an annual economic loss in the United States of $193 billion due to tobacco use, at a time that everyone is crying out about the cost of healthcare; and all of this is preventable. This brings us to tobacco’s impact on oral health, and the role that the dental team can play. The oral cavity is literally the first part of the body to receive the insult of tobacco use, be it smokeless tobacco, cigarettes, pipes, or cigars. The dental literature is replete with examples of how tobacco use increases the likelihood of dental caries, periodontal disease, leukoplakia and oral cancer. More

The homework behind asking for a raise
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Do you have the guts to ask for a raise? Do you really deserve a raise? Or are your bills getting out of control and your income isn't keeping up with it? With prices rising, how are you going to get ahead or even survive? You were told that you would have a merit pay raise each year, but come on, it's a 25 cent raise. More

Gum disease, not osteoporosis, is the most common form of bone loss
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While many associate bone loss with osteoporosis or osteoarthritis, studies suggest the most common bone loss is linked to periodontal disease. More

Shame on us: The 3 percent problem and periodontal disease
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Statistically in the U.S., 3 percent of the hygienists' production is in the 4000 codes. Based on the new AAP guidelines and recommendations to "get there early," is this good enough? If not, what is? The answer depends partly on the practice location. Rural Montana has more periodontal need than some areas of Washington, D.C. Another part of the answer depends on the philosophy of the doctor and his or her diagnostic tendencies. The age of your practice can matter also, especially if you already have a strong periodontal program with patients in a maintenance program and you're receiving few new patients. For practices located in a college town with a younger, more disease-resistant population, there may be a lower periodontal percentage. More

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Sedation dentistry as an alternative Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lots of people do not like to visit the dentist because of various reasons. Among these are psychological in nature and as such sedation dentistry or fear of dentist has brought about alternatives. More

Study: Vitamin D may delay deterioration of smokers' lungs
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Among smokers, lung function may decline faster in those who have a vitamin D deficiency than in those with normal vitamin D levels, a new study suggests. However, although boosting levels of vitamin D may offer some protection to the lungs from the effects of smoking, it won't prevent deteriorating lung function or smoking — related health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and cancer, the researchers warned. More

World Hepatitis Day 2012 is July 28
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World Hepatitis Day 2012 takes place on July 28 and this year's theme is "It's closer than you think." The campaign focuses on raising awareness of the different forms of hepatitis: what they are and how they are transmitted; who is at risk; and the various methods of prevention and treatment. Despite its staggering toll on health, hepatitis remains a group of diseases that are largely unknown, undiagnosed and untreated, according to the World Health Organization. More

Dental implants vs. False teeth Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As high end procedures lower in price many patients are frequently using dental implants to repair damages, rather than using more traditional treatment methods such as dentures. More

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