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The wonderful world of multitasking — That's dental assisting!
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When you decide on a career in the field of dentistry, you start with a lot of choices. There's dental assisting … or hygiene … or maybe dental school … or even lab tech. And how do you choose? They each have different pros and cons, don't they? For those who choose dental assisting, there are more choices available — do you want to work clinically as a chairside assistant or in the front office as a business assistant? The choices continue as you grow in your career, affording the opportunity to work in a specialty practice or perhaps in the insurance field or as a sales rep — and there's also teaching, which I chose to do. You know, I have never regretted my choice of dental assisting as a career — because there are so many choices! And if you ask any assistant who's been in the field very long, they will tell you that they love dental assisting not just because of the patients but the variety it provides. More

Homicide victim, SADAA secretary lost her life in Omaha, Neb., drive-by shooting
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Valencia Hogan was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just weeks away from becoming a dental assistant, Hogan was shot three times in an apparent drive-by shooting. The 20 year old, who served as secretary of the student chapter for the American Dental Assistants Association, died days days later as family and friends rally to end gun violence. More

Provisional — Temporary cements
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Provisional or temporary cements play an important role in restorative dentistry. Recommendations for the use of provisional cements include the temporary cementation of temporary restorations used to restore tooth preparations for indirect restorations including crowns, fixed partial dentures, inlays and onlays, as well as for temporary cementation of definitive restorations of the same types. Provisional cements are also used for the cementation of implant crowns and fixed partial dentures (fixed bridges). More

CDC says sealants effective in fighting tooth decay
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An anti-fluoridation researcher placed too much reliance on dental sealants when it comes to the prevention of tooth decay. Dr. Richard C. Bolduc, an Auburn, N.H., dentist, warned that the effectiveness of sealants diminish over time. If they rupture, decay can come in contact with a tooth and not be noticed until discoloration takes place. More

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American Dental Association refutes bottled water report
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There is no evidence that suggests bottled water could lead to tooth decay, according to a spokesman for the American Dental Association. Recently, there were reports that increased bottled water consumption deprives people of the necessary fluoride to protect their teeth. Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, however, said there's no research that demonstrates a link between bottled water consumption and increased tooth decay. More

With practice and the right tools, assistants can develop an efficient technique
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Dental assistants who are certified to place temporary restorations have a valuable role in the dental office. In order to maximize this role, assistants should stay continually informed on the materials and techniques available for temporization. The good news is that as materials advance, the assistant’s job becomes easier and more streamlined. With the right material and technique, assistants can create temporary restorations that closely resemble the final restoration in both esthetics and function. More

Study: Dental woes abound for developmentally disabled
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New research paints a grim picture of the oral health status of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One-third have untreated cavities, 80 percent have gum disease and 10 percent are missing some teeth, the study found. A growing body of research suggests that oral health affects overall health, and dental issues go far beyond a person's smile. These latest findings appear in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. More

Turning a spark into a flame
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Have you ever tried to start a fire with no matches or lighter? Just maybe rub two sticks together? It's not easy! You have a spark, then maybe a couple of sparks, and then nothing. How do you get that spark to rise into a flame? I find the same is true in our profession, says Tija Hunter and ADAA member and founder of the Dental Assistants Study Club of St. Louis. How do you get dental assistants to realize the value of continuing education, the importance of belonging to our own national organization (American Dental Assistants Association), and seeing the personal and professional satisfaction it brings? More

Psychologists may aid dental health
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Psychologists may be beneficial in thwarting tooth decay. They were recently utilized to encourage or persuade patients to brush their teeth. The results indicated that there was a 50-percent decrease in people needing first-time fillings and about a 40 percent lowering in the amount of people that needed to visit the dentist for pressing needs. More

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Rheumatoid arthritis patients may have higher risk for gum disease
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A small study suggests that gum disease is four times more common among people with rheumatoid arthritis than healthy people, and it also appears to be more severe. Researchers compared 91 adults with the condition to 93 similar healthy people. All were nonsmokers (smoking boosts the risk of rheumatoid arthritis), and none had been treated with arthritis drugs known as disease-modifying drugs. More

Surprising dental health benefits of licorice Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One surprising ally in the battle against these two dental culprits is licorice root. Research suggests that dried licorice root is good for oral health. More

Revealing the importance of culture in Latino dental health
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Maria Orellana, DDS, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry, has long observed that Latino parents are often more resistant to having their children get braces or retainers to straighten teeth than parents of other ethnicities. But beyond simply recognizing this trend, Orellana wants to know why. More

Blood pressure meds may raise risk for lip cancer
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Several widely used antihypertensive drugs seemed to confer as much as a four-fold increased risk of lip cancer with long-term use in non-Hispanic whites, investigators reported. Led by hydrochlorothiazide diuretics, five antihypertensives with photosensitizing properties were associated with a 42 percent to 322 percent greater risk of lip cancer compared with a matched control group with no history of lip cancer, as reported online in Archives of Internal Medicine. More

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