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Oct. 4, 2011
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How musculoskeletal health can impact a dental assistant's life and work
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Assistants face a very different set of ergonomic challenges than dentists and hygienists. Unable to position their knees under the patient, they often cannot freely re-position their chair to different "clock" positions, and must maneuver to accommodate the dentist's positioning, often with an unnatural twisting motion. Combine these issues with poor operatory layout or delivery systems, and it is understandable why assistants report the highest prevalence of low-back pain among the dental team. In addition, assistants commonly experience right-sided neck and shoulder pain, as well as hand and finger pain that is worst in the first and second fingers. If ignored, this pain may result in muscle imbalances, ischemia, nerve compression, or disc degeneration. More

New Innovative Oral Health Rinse
Sunstar Americas introduces G•U•M PerioShield Oral Health Rinse – a new and innovative aid for the prevention and treatment of gingivitis. Clinically proven proprietary ingredient delmopinol 0.2% has a unique mechanism of action which disrupts current plaque and helps to prevent new build-up by forming a protective shield on the teeth and gums. more

Wearing braces: The evolution of technology in orthodontics
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Wearing dental braces is not exactly the dream of an individual who wants to boost with a beautiful and bright white smile. In the past, by wearing braces it was implied that the patient had mouthful of metal pieces and rubber bands that were snapping. However, technology constantly advances, and researchers have come up with new orthodontic techniques that help aligning the teeth more effectively, less painfully and through quite a short process. More

Do barrier envelopes keep PSP plates safe?
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The advent of digital intraoral radiography has created new infection-control challenges for dental offices that previously were not an issue with film-based imaging. Because photostimulable phosphor and solid-state sensors cannot be autoclaved, barrier envelopes are used to prevent cross-contamination between uses. More

The best and worst things a dentist ever said to a dental assistant
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In the August issue of DAD, I asked our readers to tell us the best/nicest and worst/meanest things that a dentist had ever said to them, writes Kevin Henry, editor of Dental Assisting Digest. Many of you responded and, as always, I thank you for your honest input. One thing that stood out to me about your answers was the number of you who said "thank you" was the nicest thing that a dentist ever said to you. That shows how important a simple act of appreciation is to so many dental assistants. It also shows the power of those two words. More

Event on Capitol Hill addresses oral health disparities
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Oral Health America, the Dental Trade Alliance, and almost 100 oral health supporters assembled Sept. 21 for an event on Capitol Hill on to address the impact of oral health disparities on our nation's health and well-being. A recent survey by OHA found that 17 percent of parents reported that their child has missed at least one day of school due to dental related pain or illness. More
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Will Major League Baseball toss tobacco?
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Standing in front of his locker, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Joel Hanrahan spits a trickle of tar-black tobacco juice into a plastic water bottle. He asks whether the cameras are rolling before taking his next question. Chewing smokeless tobacco is a habit of which Hanrahan is not particularly proud. "We are role models, and there are kids watching," he says. More

Meth mouth: Inside look at icky problem
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Methamphetamine makes people high, but chronic meth use also heightens the risk for dental destruction. "Meth mouth" typically involves rampant tooth decay, dry mouth, cracked teeth and gum disease, and it can rob meth users not only of their smiles but also of their ability to chew. What does "meth mouth" look like? Click "more" to see 15 scary photos, courtesy of the American Dental Association and Dr. Brett Kessler, a dentist in Denver. More

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