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The 7 habits of highly effective dental assistants
Claudia G. Pohl, President, American Dental Assistants Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What makes an effective dental assistant? Have you ever wondered why some excel at their work and others bounce from practice to practice and are unfulfilled? What's the difference between what I call a "$5 dental assistant" and someone who is valued in the practice? Stephen Covey addresses issues that affect this in his book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". What do his 7 habits look like when applied to dental assisting? As dental assistants we work as part of a team, but we work for someone else. It is very easy to fall into the trap of feeling as if we have no control over our work and in turn our career – and that can bleed into our view of our life. A proactive assistant is one who takes responsibility – for their life, their choices and their career. More

ADA supports sugary beverage study
American Dental Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The American Dental Association thanked U.S. senators calling for a Surgeon General's study of sugary beverage impact on public health and applauded New York City's mayor "for shining a spotlight" on the issue. "Dentists and other oral health professionals are concerned about the record numbers of sugar-sweetened beverages (a.k.a. 'soft drinks' and/or soda pop) being consumed by America's youth," the ADA said in letters thanking Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., for their Sept. 12 request. More
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The impact on children, families of poor oral health
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Poor oral health, dental disease, and tooth pain can put kids at a serious disadvantage in school, according to a new study from the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California. "The Impact of Oral Health on the Academic Performance of Disadvantaged Children," appearing in the September 2012 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, examined nearly 1500 socioeconomically disadvantaged elementary and high school children in the Los Angeles Unified School District, matching their oral health status to their academic achievement and attendance records. More

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Daily disinfection of isolation rooms reduces contamination of healthcare workers' hands
Infection Control Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New research demonstrates that daily cleaning of high-touch surfaces in isolation rooms of patients with Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus significantly reduces the rate of the pathogens on the hands of healthcare personnel. The findings underscore the importance of environmental cleaning for reducing the spread of difficult to treat infections. The study is published in the October 2012 issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. More

The American Dental Association and PopCap Games announce campaign offering tooth-friendly alternative to sugary Halloween treats
American Dental Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This Halloween, raise awareness for oral health while offering a fun alternative to sugary treats. The American Dental Association is teaming up with PopCap Games, makers of the family-friendly hit video game Plants vs. Zombies, to launch "Stop Zombie Mouth," a campaign aimed at encouraging good oral health among U.S. children and their parents. More than 120 million people worldwide are playing Plants vs. Zombies, and now dentists can give it away as a sugar-free Halloween treat. More

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Getting the best out of your worst patients
Inside Dentistry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Chances are, the dental office is not alone in its difficulties in coping with those sometimes referred to as "the 1 percent of patients who cause 99 percent of the problems." People who are unreasonable, aggressive, and demanding with their dentists often have problematic relationships in other areas of their lives as well. However, this may be difficult to keep in mind while they are attempting to direct their own treatment, pitching a fit about their unmet expectations, or either cowering in fear or instilling it in others with their bullying rages. More

Do you have a solid foundation?
Dentistry IQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether you're starting in a new practice, helping to build a practice, or wanting to take your practice to a new level, you need a solid foundation. Just like a house, a relationship, or a business, you need to have a good foundation on which to build these things. Here you are in a dental practice that's been running OK for a while, with nothing really exciting going on, and you have this feeling that things could be better, but you don't know quite how to get there. So, let's start with your foundation. More

New discovery related to gum disease
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A University of Louisville scientist has found a way to prevent inflammation and bone loss surrounding the teeth by blocking a natural signaling pathway of the enzyme GSK3b, which plays an important role in directing the immune response. The discovery of U of L School of Dentistry researcher David Scott, Ph.D., and his team recently published on-line first in the journal Molecular Medicine. More

No differences in kids treated with composites vs. amalgam
DrBicuspid    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study that tested whether dental restoration materials could affect children's physical growth found no significant differences in physical development in children who received amalgam or composite fillings, according to a recent Journal of Dental Research article. A previous secondary analysis of the same data set found that children treated with composites had more self-reported psychosocial problems after five years compared with children treated with amalgam. More

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Dentists look toward new trend
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A midlevel dental provider might sound like a good idea in Texas at face value, but it's causing some gnawing and gnashing of teeth among some local dentists. Reality is that it's just a subdiscussion at some level at the Texas Dental Association, but it's not even close to gaining any sort of traction in the Lone Star State. It might be years and decades away from coming to fruition, just like the concept of physician's assistants and nurse practitioners were years ago. Even though there may be resistance now, it's not necessarily a question of if, but when. More

Life-saving dental cleanings
Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many people unfortunately regard professional dental cleanings as not so useful procedures. They think if they brush their teeth twice a day, nothing wrong can happen. However, the dental cleaning done at the dentist is a special "deep" dental cleaning, where all the harmful plaque and tartar is removed professionally. More

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