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Top 10 reasons to be a member of the ADAA
Claudia Pohl, President, American Dental Assistants Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

I have had the privilege of serving as president of the ADAA this past year, says Claudia Pohl, CDA, RDA, FADAA, BVEd. Among other things, I have traveled around the country to a variety of meetings and had the opportunity to meet with and talk to dental assistants and dental assisting students. Unfortunately one of the things I've heard a lot is: "I never heard about the ADAA before." It seems the organization is a well-kept secret, but it shouldn't be.

Valencia Hogan — A dental assistant you should know
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Valencia Hogan was a dental assisting student at Vatterott College Omaha who was fatally shot on Aug. 4. Valencia Hogan was standing outside some townhomes when she was shot in the head, neck and leg. She was rushed into surgery then remained in critical condition for a few days before the family made the difficult decision to take her off of life support. Police are still looking for the gunman and the family is hoping someone comes forward with information about the shooter. Family members said Hogan lived for others.

Ergonomics awareness — Reduce stress and prevent injuries
in the workplace

Inside Dental Assisting    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dental assistants spend so much of their day caring for their patients' health—sometimes at the expense of their own well being. Bending, reaching, sitting, slouching, standing, and twisting. These seem like harmless, normal moves for the human body. However, the repetition of these moves with patient after patient, day in and day out, is when they can begin to take their toll. Maintaining their own health is essential for the health of the dental team and the patients. More

Dental offices inconsistent in infection control compliance    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study that looked at dental office compliance with infection control guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that implementation was neither complete nor uniform across all practices, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association. The authors wanted to identify the factors associated with implementation of four infection control practices first recommended in the CDC's Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003. More

3M ESPE, ADAA sending dental assisting student to San Francisco
Dental Assisting Digest via Dentistry IQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thanks to the combined contributions of 3M ESPE and the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA), one lucky dental assisting student is heading to this year's American Dental Association convention in San Francisco. The ADA's annual session is held in conjunction with the ADAA. More

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Whitepaper reveals link between dental professionals and high risk of hearing loss
Compendium    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
BING Innovations has released a whitepaper, "Dentists and Decibels: Why Hearing Loss is a Real Concern for Dentists … and How to Prevent It". The whitepaper explores a typical dentist's office while discussing the various equipment decibel levels that dentists and their support staff are subjected to every day. With a clinical look at hearing impairment, including its causes, symptoms, and complications, the new white paper explains why dentists are at especially high risk for occupational hearing loss. More

A new tooth, made to order in less than an hour
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gina Kolata, Medical reporter for the New York Times, writes, "I was chewing a piece of steak on a Saturday night last month when an old filling shattered. ... My dentist later confirmed that I now had a big hole in a molar, too big for a filling. But, the dentist said, if I could spare an hour he could make a crown and put it in, right then and there. An hour? Aren't crowns supposed to require at least two visits?" More

Oral Health America: Less than half of Americans have dental insurance
AEGIS Communications    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to a recent public opinion survey commissioned by Oral Health America (OHA) and conducted by Harris Interactive, less than half of Americans have dental insurance. These findings make this year's Fall for Smiles campaign, which spreads the message of the importance of maintaining a healthy smile through brushing and flossing, regular dental visits, healthy food choices, and avoiding tobacco, more important than ever. More

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Swapping germs: Bad for you and dog
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dog owners and their pets may exchange harmful mouth bacteria that can cause gum disease and tooth decay in both humans and canines, according to a report in Archives of Oral Biology. Previous research has shown people can transmit oral bacteria to children through close daily contact. But few studies have looked at the bacteria exchanged between people and their pets. More

Link between chewing ability and reduced dementia risk
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The population is ageing, and the older we become the more likely it is that we risk deterioration of our cognitive functions, such as memory, decision-making and problem solving. Research indicates several possible contributors to these changes, with several studies demonstrating an association between not having teeth and loss of cognitive function and a higher risk of dementia. More

Potential effects of the Affordable Care Act
American Dental Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An estimated 3 million children will gain dental benefits by 2018 through health insurance exchanges, roughly a 5 percent increase over the number of children with private benefits currently, the Association said in a report on potential effects of the Affordable Care Act on dentistry. More

Many dentists may violate child abuse reporting laws
Inside Dental Assisting    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although all 50 states require dentists to report signs of child abuse in their patients, some research suggests that few dentists are reporting these cases, according to a report published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. In addition to violating the ethical standards upheld by the American Dental Association and other professional groups, dentists who fail to report suspected abuse face civil and criminal penalties and, in some states, the loss of their licenses. More

New evaluation method for assessing toothpastes
ScienceDaily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are various types of toothpaste available on the market. They come as pastes and gels, there are some that guard against tooth decay or protect teeth from acid attack, others that are designed for sensitive teeth. But which toothpastes clean well? Which preserve the tooth enamel? A new evaluation method sheds light on the subject. More

Age 45 still best marker to predict thyroid cancer outcomes?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital have shown that age 45 is no longer a useful predictor of negative outcomes in the staging of papillary thyroid cancer patients, according to a presentation last month at the American Thyroid Association annual meeting in Quebec City. Since the 1970s, physicians have used age of diagnosis to determine the severity of thyroid cancers. More

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Demystifying the fearsome root canal treatment
Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A tooth extraction seems like a walk in the park when compared to the deep cleaning done by a dentist into the root cavity of an infected tooth. Watching videos of the procedure doesn’t help reduce the fear that anyone feels before undergoing the treatment. In any case, it emphasizes the deep-seated fear towards feeling terrible miserable pain during or after the procedure. However, demystifying the steps of a root canal treatment and explaining its purpose clearly dispels a bit of that fear. More

Mummy with mouthful of cavities discovered
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Around 2,100 years ago, at a time when Egypt was ruled by a dynasty of Greek kings, a young wealthy man from Thebes was nearing the end of his life. Rather than age, he may have succumbed to a sinus infection caused by a mouthful of cavities and other tooth ailments, according to new research on the man's odd dental filling. More

Study: Gum disease linked to psoriasis
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People with chronic gum disease seem to be slightly more likely to develop the skin condition psoriasis, according to a new study. Taiwanese researchers found that in a group of more than 230,000 people, those with gum disease were 54 percent more likely to get psoriasis over five years. More

Nature vs nurture in oral health: Nurture wins
Medical News Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The human mouth is a community bustling with microorganisms that live there. Little knowledge exists about what factors control which types that live there and which don't. In a new study published in Genome Research, investigators have discovered environment has a more controlling stance on determining oral microbiota, an extremely important finding in the field of oral health. The oral microbiome starts forming as soon as a person is born. More
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