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ADAA president reflects on her year as president
ADAA
At the beginning of my term, I posed a question that I was asked many years ago, "What is your intention?" It seems like a simple question, but coming up with an answer is not so simple. When I think back over the previous year, I wonder if I was able to accomplish what I had intended for my time with the American Dental Assistants Association. When I joined the ADAA, my original intention was to meet people, as I had recently moved to a new state where I didn’t know anyone except my family. Over the years I have met so many wonderful people, and this year has been no exception. From students to seasoned dental assisting professionals, it never ceases to amaze me the level of passion for the profession that so many have shared.
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Searching for 50 progressive dental assistants from each state, both clinical and administrative
Dentistry IQ
If anyone knows the dental profession inside and out, it's Linda Miles, founder of Linda Miles and Associates, founder of the Speaking Consulting Network, and co-founder of Oral Cancer Cause. She is well aware of the importance of each and every member of the dental team, and here she addresses you, dental assistants, about the importance and many benefits of joining your national association (American Dental Assistants Association), and how it will advance you in your career.
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Introduction to a lifelong friendship
Gina Conrad, RDA, CDA, FADAA & Yvonne Evans, RDA, BS
My name is Gina Conrad. I have been a member of the American Dental Assistants Association since 1999. I received my Certified Dental Assistant's certification in October 1996. While living in Florida, I became actively involved with the Florida Dental Assistants Association where I met Kimberly Bland who was president at the time. Kimberly was directly responsible for informing me about the American Dental Assistants Association, and what they do for dental assistants. As a member of the Florida Dental Assistants Association my duties included president of my local chapter.
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Patients who refuse X-rays
RDH
QUESTION: one of the problems I have been experiencing more and more lately is patients who refuse to allow me to take X-rays. The doctor wants us to get new bitewings on every patient once a year, but some patients just won't allow it. How should I handle these rejections?
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When do you say enough is enough — and fire a dental patient?
Dentistry IQ
We've all looked at the schedule some days and sighed when we come across a familiar name – that one particular patient who makes everyone’s job difficult. We move past it and make the best of a difficult situation by being as patient and accommodating as we possibly can.
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10 things dental patients are saying behind your back
Dental Pratice Management
Editor's note: Although this article originally published in 2013, we believe it is still relevant.

Patients are going to talk. After they leave your practice, they're going to tell family and friends about the experience they had — whether it's good or bad. You might be surprised to learn what many patients talk about when you’re not around, from judgments about how you handle your time to complaints about that awful team member you hired. Here's a breakdown of some of the most common things patients say behind your back, and how you can change those comments from positive to negative.

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Steep decline in tooth loss, increase in socioeconomic disparities found by study
ScienceDaily
Edentulism (tooth loss) has been the focus of a recent study, which traced it over the last hundred years. The project's report highlights the numbers of people losing teeth and requiring dentures. The single most influential determinant of the decline was the passing of generations born before the 1940s, whose rate of edentulism incidence far exceeded later cohorts. High income households experienced a greater relative decline, although a smaller absolute decline, than low income households.
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Coated tissue scaffolds help the body grow new bone to repair injuries or congenital defects
Medical News Today
MIT chemical engineers have devised a new implantable tissue scaffold coated with bone growth factors that are released slowly over a few weeks. When applied to bone injuries or defects, this coated scaffold induces the body to rapidly form new bone that looks and behaves just like the original tissue.
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Things I wish I had known 30 years ago
DentistryIQ
Guess who's on the schedule? There are some patients that you should be fore-warned about. If you can, have a private system that lets you know about these special patients in advance of an appointment, it keeps you from getting frustrated and allows things to proceed smoothly.
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Tooth fairy tightens purse strings
Inside Dental Assisting
Visa's annual Tooth Fairy survey shows that American children are receiving an average of $3.40 per lost tooth this year, down 8 percent from last year. For a full set of 20 baby teeth, American kids will be getting a slightly more modest, but still hefty, $68, down from $74 last year.
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Dental Summit Nashville
The Dental Summit Nashville is a can't miss event for dental team member! Their goal is to provide an informative team and practice development conference for the Nashville dental community and beyond. For 2014 they have a great line up of speakers, including Howard Farran, MBA, DDS, Coach Phillip Fulmer, August de Oliveria, DDS, and Judy Kay Mausolf, coach. "We hope to deliver informative sessions, offer networking opportunities and build great team memories." This year the ADAA will be represented at this exciting event. Come on out and visit us at the Dental Summit Nashville Oct. 3 and 4 at Music City Center.


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Searching for 50 progressive dental assistants from each state, both clinical and administrative
Dentistry IQ
Step out of your comfort zone in order to stand out! Join ADAA today! This is truly a life changing profession for dental assistants who strive to be at the top of their game.

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How dental patients use online reviews
Dental Economics
The experts at Software Advice, a company that reviews practice management software, spent time analyzing online reviews and the habits of consumers when it comes to looking for reviews, leaving reviews, what their demographics are, and more.

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Supercomputers reveal that mouth bacteria can change its diet
Medical News Today
Bacteria inside your mouth drastically change how they act when you're diseased, according to research using supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). Scientists say these surprising findings might lead to better ways to prevent or even reverse the gum disease periodontitis, diabetes, and Crohn's disease.

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Using multiple entities in your practice's asset protection planning
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O'Dell, MS, CWM
You may understand that it is a significant liability risk to put all of a practice's "eggs" into one basket. But what's the solution? For your practice, it may be as simple as using multiple baskets. In fact, using multiple entities to run a business is quite common in many types of business outside of medicine.
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Men with fewer teeth at greater risk for early death
Compendium
Tooth loss is linked with an increased risk of death in middle-aged men, according to a Japanese study. The study involved 7,779 men. All were between the ages of 40 and 79. None had heart disease at the start of the study.
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