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Moving the needle to safe dentistry
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Because safe injection and sharps management practices are central to dentistry, the One & Only CampaignExternal Web Site Icon resonates strongly in the dental care sector. That is why the Organization for Safety Asepsis & Prevention External website Icon, the dental sector's premier organization dedicated to infection prevention and control, is joining the Campaign as a Member. We wholeheartedly support the Campaign and pledge to spread its messages to our members. We are also eager to share information on how we in the dental care sector promote safe injection practices with the healthcare community at large.
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Satisfaction of making a difference/having an impact
Dental assisting in China

By Claudia Pohl, CDA, RDA, FADAA, BVEd.
Forty years ago, when I started in this profession and joined the ADAA as a student member, I never would have imagined that through my professional networking I would be afforded an opportunity like this. Lois Bell and I had the privilege and pleasure of traveling to China in May as guests of Linda Cai, the Guangdong Dental Society and Zhejiang Dental Society, presenting lecture and hands-on classes in two different cities. It was an intense, busy trip that included some time to enjoy the culture and people in each city, and we experienced the very best of Chinese hospitality.
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Keeping track of dental continuing education credits just got easier
Tonya Lanthier, RDH, CEO of DentalPost, understands from experience the juggling game dental professionals must undertake to successfully navigate and update their continuing education requirements. "Being a hygienist, I've always had this huge fear of forgetting to pay my license," Lanthier confessed. "I struggle with keeping up with my CEs, how many CEs I currently have, and when my CPR certification is expiring. I understand firsthand the need to have all of this information organized into one place, and the value of being reminded about renewal dates."
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Up to 3,000 times the bacterial growth on hollow-head toothbrushes
Solid-head power toothbrushes retain less bacteria compared to hollow-head toothbrushes, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry. The results of the study are published in the August issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene. Lead author and professor at the UTHealth School of Dentistry, Donna Warren Morris, R.D.H., M.Ed., notes that microbial counts were lower in the solid-head toothbrush group than in the two hollow-head toothbrush groups in 9 out of 10 comparisons.
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How to help patients want what they need
Dental Economics
How many times have you worked up a big treatment plan only to hear the patient say, "I'll think about it," and then you never see them again? Do you get tired of hearing patients say they do not have the money? Would you like to change this? Patients will usually pay for what they want, but not necessarily for what they need. So, how do you help your patients want what they need?
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Can I use templates for the policies and procedures that HIPAA requires?
Formulating a written set of policies and procedures regarding privacy, security, and breach notification is one of the main requirements for HIPAA compliance, and one of the first things HHS auditors will ask to see when they visit your office.
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How can overwhelmed office manager talk dentist into getting her help?
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: I've been working as a patient coordinator for about two years for an office that has recently grown its patient load. I'm the only person at the front desk, and we average about 20 new patients a month. I am completely overwhelmed between the phones, insurance, breakdowns, and confirmations, and the doctor shows no sign of hiring anyone else. How do I convince him that I need help?
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Is your Internet marketing effective?
American Dental Association
Search engine optimization and social media are becoming standard building blocks for effective dental marketing, but how do you know if they are really working? With more advanced algorithms and personalized search results, a simple Google search is no longer an effective way to gauge your efforts, according to PBHS, the website and marketing services provider endorsed by ADA Business Resources.
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Red wine may not be so good for oral health
Dentistry Today
Red wine may be good for your overall health but not so much for you oral health. The acidity of red wine leaves a mark on your teeth and over time that takes its toll. A survey released recently showed that only 16 percent of people are concerned with oral health implications when drinking alcohol. This is a problem based on the fact that many alcoholic drinks are filled with sugar and possess high acidity levels.
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Coffee may fight gum disease
R & D Magazine
Coffee contains antioxidants. Antioxidants fight gum disease. Does coffee, then, help fight gum disease? That is the question researchers at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine explored in a study published in the Journal of Periodontology.
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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.

ADAA president reflects on her year as president
By Lori Paschall, CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, FADAA
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.

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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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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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5 worst things overheard at a dental practice
Dental Practice Management
Do the walls have ears? Perhaps eyes? Are you surprised to think that your patients are listening and watching everything you do? That’s a scary thought for some. There are five things I have overheard first-hand at dental practices that have made my toes cringe. Even scarier is the fact that some of them I have heard over and over again. Have you said any of these things or heard a colleague say them?
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Are all light-curing units suitable to polymerize all resin composites?
Inside Dentistry
The use of dental adhesives, resin composites, and resin cements is almost a daily occurrence in dental practices. These materials are, in their majority, light activated to produce polymerization and setting. Optimal polymerization results in increased physical properties, reduction of leachable components from the resin, increased wear resistance, increased color stability, and greater bond strengths. The process of light polymerization is complex and is affected by several variables, which include the light curing unit, the restorative material, and the operator.
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