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New federal guidelines for managing occupational exposures
to HIV

Inside Dental Assisting
New guidelines from the United States Public Health Service update the recommendations for the management of healthcare personnel with occupational exposure to HIV and use of postexposure prophylaxis. The guidelines, published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, emphasize the immediate use of a PEP regimen containing three or more antiretroviral drugs after any occupational exposure to HIV.
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Dental innovations of tomorrow
Inside Dental Technology
Over the last decade the dental industry has experienced a massive influx of new technologies. These advances have resulted in streamlined workflows as well as elevated product consistency and restorative accuracy, all of which have ultimately improved the level of patient care.
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Illegal dental assistant activities
RDH
Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, RDH, BS, MBA, a professional speaker, writer, and consultant to dental practices, says:"A friend began working for my boss four months ago. She is an RDA with coronal polishing on her license. Prior to working here, she worked at a pediatric dental practice for a few years. My dentist realized she could "clean" teeth and is now allowing her to perform more than 20 prophies a month. He never touches the scaler, but I've seen her use it more than once. One day I was out for a funeral, and she cleaned four adults instead of rescheduling them. I know it is illegal for her to scale, and I know several pediatric offices that do this, as her previous employer did."
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In nursing homes, an epidemic of poor dental hygiene
The New York Times
Katherine Ford visited her father, Dean Piercy, a World War II veteran with dementia, at a nursing home in Roanoke, Va., for months before she noticed the dust on his electric toothbrush. His teeth, she found, had not been brushed recently, so she began doing it herself after their lunches together.
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Stem cells in the gingiva may have important medical applications in the future
Medical News Today
Stem cells found in mouth tissue can not only become other types of cells but can also relieve inflammatory disease, according to a new research. The cells featured in the study are gingival mesenchymal stem cells, which are found in the gingiva, or gum tissue, within the mouth. GMSC, like other stem cells, have the ability to develop into different types of cells as well as affect the immune system.
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Educate your patients: 5 tips for teaching about insurance
By Jessica Taylor
Health insurance is every practice's nightmare. I'm sure you have millions of questions that arise when you're pulling and filing claims. Don't fret, though, you're not the only one who's confused. Most of your patients do not know about their insurance either, and it's up to you to educate them. USA Today recently reported that about 7 million Americans are estimated to start buying health insurance as part of the new law, but a new survey showed they don't understand the basics of how insurance works or is provided.
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Dental industry nationwide statistics for 2013 from Sikka
Dentistry IQ
Did you know that the cost of opening a dental clinic is about $1 million, or that the cost of running a practice is 60 percent to 80 percent of total revenues? Here are more interesting dental facts.
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Affordable Care Act and oral health: ADA analysis of impact
American Dental Association
The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," shorthanded as the ACA and as this report will refer to it, has the potential to reshape health care in America. Expansion of medical insurance coverage, a move toward more integrated care delivery and significant changes in the financing of health care are among the expectations of ACA legislators and regulators.

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Study: Smoking, drinking, other bad habits costing United States $18.4 billion each year
Dentistry IQ
You know the routine … a patient comes into your dental practice for his six-month checkup and is a known smoker. You talk to that patient about tobacco cessation. He says he will do something about it. He doesn’t. Six months later, the whole process begins again.

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How to have an ironclad collection system in your dental practice
Dentistry IQ
Working in healthcare, our main focus is on patient care; yet it is just as crucial that we keep our eye on the business side of the practice, without seeming like money-grubbing ogres. As with any system in a business, the collection system is only as good as the protocols that are created.

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Experts: Dental care safe for pregnant women
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Dental cleanings and X-rays are safe for pregnant women, a U.S. obstetrician/gynecologist group says. The group also advised ob-gyns to perform routine dental health assessments at women's first prenatal visit and to encourage their patients to see a dentist during pregnancy.
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Why sharks don't get cavities
The Atlantic
Sharks live lives that are, to human sensibilities, mostly unenviable. The creatures are constantly moving. They are hunted by predators far higher than they are on the food chain. They are often made to dine on manmade trash.
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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!



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