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Oct. 13, 2009
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Recession Affects Dental Health
The current economic climate in the U.S. hasn't only made traditional dental insurance hard to afford, it's actually damaging American teeth directly. More

Alltec Integrated Manufacturing Awarded Molding and Tooling Contract for Den-Mat Holdings Velscope Powered by Sapphire
Alltec Integrated Manufacturing, Inc., has been awarded the injection molding and tool fabrication contract for Den-Mat Holdings Velscope powered by Sapphire. Under the contract Alltec will develop injection mold tooling and manufacture the plastic components for the handheld device along with the single-use barrier. More

Many Children Still Don't Get Medicaid Dental
from The Associated Press via Google News
Two years after a 12-year-old Maryland boy died from an untreated tooth infection, low-income kids continue to face barriers to dental care despite state and federal efforts to improve access, government investigators said. "The bottom line: Children's access to Medicaid dental services has been improving but remains low," said Katherine Iritani, health care acting director at the Government Accountability Office. More


ADAA has developed a group page on the popular social networking site Facebook. Networking has never been so easy! Interested members can go to and search ADAA – American Dental Assistants Association. (If you do not have a facebook account, sign up is free and easy!) Develop a page for your state or chapter!

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Facing the Future with Shared Beliefs: Dr. Ron Tankersley Installed as ADA's 146th President
from American Dental Association
In facing current and future challenges—including challenges posed by health care reform—dentists should draw on certain shared beliefs fundamental to their status as health care professionals, Dr. Ronald L. Tankersley told the ADA House of Delegates, meeting this week at annual session in Honolulu. Tankersley, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon from Newport News, Va., and a dentist in private practice for 38 years, was installed Oct. 6 as the ADA's 146th president. More

Dentinal Hypersensitivity: Assessing a Chronic Problem
from RDH Magazine
Most frequently observed on the premolars, dentinal hypersensitivity occurs when tubules at the exposed dentin surface lead to sharp pain when exposed to a stimulus or trigger. Common triggers include hot or cold air and acidic, sweet, or sugary foods or beverages. The dentinal tubule is the portal through which stimuli gain access to the pulp. The odontoblasts and associated nerve fibers are able to detect dentinal fluid movement. Very little appears to be required to disturb and move odontoblasts and their associated pulpal nerve fiber endings into the proximal ends of the dentinal tubules. More

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