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Aug. 23, 2011
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A dental assistant you should know
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Emily Oates is a dental assistant you should know — At age 12, I had oral maxillofacial surgery followed by four years of orthodontic treatment, where I spent many hours in a dental chair. After observing the variety of tasks performed by the dental assistants and how happy they were in their chosen field I decided I would pursue it as career. I attend Hennepin Technical College, which has an excellent reputation in the state of Minnesota. They have the newest technologies, and the instructors are well known by dental professionals in the area. Also, I wanted more than just a diploma and Hennepin allows me to graduate with an Associates of Applied Science. Most importantly, they are accredited by CODA and the ADA. I think all these factors are important when considering a school. More

Are standard precautions really universal?
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You wear gloves, sterilize your instruments, disinfect your work surfaces and use barrier protection. By practicing these and other universal standards, you assume you are keeping your patients and staff as safe as possible in the practice environment. But what about radiation safety? You provide aprons with thyroid protection, are judicious about taking radiographs only when diagnostically necessary, and use high-speed film or digital sensors. More

South Carolina Dental Access Days
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Dental care is either unavailable or an unaffordable luxury for many adults living in South Carolina. It is common to find residents with severe pain, discomfort and embarrassment due to poor oral health. In order to address access to care for many indigent South Carolina residents, the South Carolina Dental Association is planning to launch a dental access initiative. DAD will primarily focus on adults, with the majority of care being extractions and restorative work. We estimate we'll need $25,000-$50,000 and at least 100 volunteers to stage our project. More

Brushing away oral cancer
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VideoBrief Oral cancer is cancer of the mouth. An estimated 350,000 to 400,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Approximately half of people with oral cancer will live more than five years after they are diagnosed and treated. If the cancer is found early, before it has spread to other tissues, the cure rate is nearly 90 percent. However, more than half of oral cancers have already spread when the cancer is detected. Most have spread to the throat or neck. More

Dental implants and braces: Important facts
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Each and every dentist likes to create his own treatment plan for the patient. One dentist might be totally opposing the idea of making dental implants while the patient still has to wear dental braces for three months, while another dentist might consider dental implants and braces extremely appropriate. It is basically up to the dentist and his expertise what kind of treatment plan he will follow. More

Dentists, pharmacists raise awareness of medication-induced dry mouth
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Leading dental and pharmacy organizations are teaming up to promote oral health and raise public awareness of dry mouth, a side effect commonly caused by taking prescription and over-the-counter medications. More than 500 medications can contribute to oral dryness, including antihistamines, antihypertensive medications, decongestants, pain medications, diuretics and antidepressants. More

Saturated fatty acids linked to periodontal disease
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Could filling up on saturated fatty acids be bad not only for your body but your teeth as well? The authors of a study in the Journal of Dental Research suggest it could be. "Saturated fatty acids produce an inflammatory response," the authors wrote. More

Female reproductive hazards in the dental office
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Dental professionals may be at risk for exposure to numerous workplace hazards. There are currently no specific standards for dentistry, but rather workplace hazards that may apply to dentistry are addressed to the entire health care industry. However, there are numerous different materials, chemicals and supplies commonly used in the general dentist's office that are left out of the expansive collection of workplace hazards. More

Oral bacteria attack children early
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U.S. researchers have found evidence for bacteria associated with early childhood caries in saliva of infants with no teeth. Their findings suggest that infections with bacteria like Streptococcus mutans within the oral cavity occur earlier in the development of children than previously thought. More

DNA saliva testing for Human Papillomavirus and gum disease diagnosis
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In the future, when you go to the dentist, you may want to get more than just a simple professional dental cleaning. In order to screen patients for oral cancer and gum disease complications, DNA testing will be used. There are two tests which help diagnose gum disease complications and there is another test available that helps diagnosing HPV which has a direct implication in risks for oral cancer. More

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