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Oct. 20, 2009
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Scientists Pull an Ancient Tooth for DNA, Clues
from The Boston Globe
It was the oddest of scenes: A neurosurgeon delicately threaded a scope up the neck and into the skull of a disembodied, 4,000-year-old mummified head. Sweating with concentration, another doctor clamped a molar and began to rock it gently back and forth. Three hours later, the nerve-wracking operation yielded a tooth, a time capsule holding precious DNA, which might reveal the identity of the ancient Egyptian head. More

KOMET USA Debuts Third Provisional Instrument Kit for Dental Assistants
from Dental Office Magazine
KOMET USA has introduced its third provisional instrument kit designed especially for dental assistants. Designed in conjunction with Hollie A. Bryant, DA II, the Complete Esthetic Provisional Kit (LD0156), comes with four carbides, three polishers and buffs, two diamond discs, and a pop-on mandrel. The kit aims to make the dental assistant's work on provisionals faster and easier. More

The Story on Gloves
from Dentistry IQ
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, limited studies of the penetrability of different glove materials under conditions of use have been conducted in the dental environment. Consistent with observations in clinical medicine, leakage rates vary by glove material (e.g., latex, vinyl, and nitrile), duration of use, the type of procedure performed, and manufacturer. The frequency of perforations in surgeon’s gloves during outpatient oral surgical procedures ranges from 6 percent to 16 percent. More

Thieves Target Dental Office Gold
from KOMO-TV
Thieves are targeting dental offices around Seattle, going for the gold. They've hit more than 30 offices so far stealing pebble-sized pieces of gold. Put a bunch together, and you've got a pile worth quite a bit of money. The gold in just two small crowns are worth $250. 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!

Contact Nancy Rodriguez for assistance.

A Randomized Clinical Trial of Thermoplastic Retainer Wear
from European Journal of Orthodontics
The purpose of this study was to determine whether thermoplastic retainers need to be worn full-time for a limited period or whether part-time wear from the outset is adequate to maintain tooth position, arch form, and occlusion. This study was a randomized clinical trail, conducted in a district general hospital. Sixty-two participants were enrolled in the study. More

The Truth About Halitosis, Bad Breath
All of us have experienced bad breath at some point. However, suffering from chronic bad breath, or halitosis, can be embarrassing and affect your self-esteem and relationships with family, friends and coworkers. The good news — bad breath is often preventable and easily treated. More

Lares Introduces Minimally Invasive Laser Periodontal Disease Treatment
from Woman Dentist Journal
Lares Research has introduced Wavelength-optimized Periodontal Therapy, a minimally invasive laser periodontal disease treatment that optimizes the use of two dentistry wavelengths: Nd:YAG and Er:YAG. The method is available with the Lares Powerlase AT all-tissue, dual wavelength laser. The WPT method allows the clinician to treat periodontal disease and create optimal conditions for healing. More

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