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For some dental assistants one certification is not enough
Dentistry IQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Karen Caraco, CDA, COA, CPFDA decided to go back into the dental assisting field after a decade-long hiatus to raise a family, she decided earning multiple certifications would help her land the right job. "It was important to me," says Caraco, who now works part-time for a private dental practice outside Boston. Dentists and patients, she says, are starting to recognize certification more than they did when she went to dental assisting school in 1980. "A lot of patients ask about my credentials," she said. "Things are changing." More

Where you live may determine what lives inside your mouth
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Ken Krauter, a professor of microbiology, and Simone Stahringer, a graduate student, took oral bacteria samples from 45 sets of twins and sequenced the bacteria's DNA. They thought that identical twins would have similar types of bacteria living in their mouths, because identical twins share the same genetic make-up. They were wrong. More

Meeting the needs of difficult dental patients
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Any healthcare appointment can evoke stress, but the dental office visit can be especially challenging. Anxiet — about pain, esthetics, and costs — can heighten the emotional response and produce the "difficult" patient—the "1 percent of patients who cause 99 percent of the problems." When faced with patients who are unreasonable, aggressive, and demanding, dental assistants must draw upon their experience, empathy, and professional communication skills. Preparation is key. More

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Changing wisdom about pulling teens' teeth
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Do a young person's wisdom teeth need to be removed? Once a rite of passage before college, routine wisdom-tooth extraction has been criticized in recent years as unnecessary and risky. And now, an influential doctors' group says it may be okay to leave them alone. More

AAPD: Brush children's teeth 2 minutes, twice a day for a healthy Halloween
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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the authority on children's oral health, is encouraging parents and caregivers to enjoy a happy Halloween by simply brushing their children's teeth for two minutes, twice a day. In time for back-to-school season, the AAPD joined with the Ad Council, as part of the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Health Lives, to launch a historic nationwide campaign designed to encourage parents and caregivers to modify their children's oral health behaviors through low-cost, preventive strategies. More

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The germs lurking at the dentist's    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It is a well-established part of a every trip to the dentist: leafing through a dog-eared copy of a glossy magazine while awaiting your turn. But this familiar ritual is under threat after NHS officials warned dentists to stop keeping back issues of periodicals in their waiting room - because they are a health and safety risk. More

Dos and don'ts for a high-tech dental office    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Technology is slowly but surely changing the practice of dentistry, whether we like it or not. The key is to make informed buying decisions and have a clear plan for incorporating these new devices and processes into your practice, according to the Virtual Office Design panel held at the ADA Annual Session. More

Composite vs porcelain veneers for whiter teeth
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Dental veneers are an increasingly popular way to achieve that Hollywood smile, but choosing the right veneer for you can be confusing, leading many people to just stick with their at home bleaching gels. While these gels can be effective, veneers will give you a longer lasting, more effective solution for teeth whitening. There are two types of dental veneer: composite and porcelain. More

A new approach to posterior restorations
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Placing posterior restorations is one of the greater challenges in a dental assistant's daily workload— especially for those assistants who may be new to the procedure. In addition to the manual dexterity required for the posterior, there are also the factors of patient discomfort, and ensuring that surfaces hidden from view have been adequately treated. Even for dental assistants with a wealth of experience, posterior restorations can be time-consuming. More

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New 'rinse and spit' oral cancer test shows promise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A "rinse and spit" test for early detection of oral cancer performed well in a clinical feasibility study, according to Vigilant Biosciences, the company commercializing the product. The study, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, included 300 subjects in a case-control design that ensured cases (oral cancer patients) and controls (volunteers without cancer) were similar with respect to other factors, such as tobacco and alcohol use, age, and race. It was the largest oral cancer marker study of its kind in the U.S., according to Vigilant. More

Multiple factors hurting US dentists' profitability    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The ongoing economic downturn has certainly contributed to the continuing decline of dentists' incomes, according to a panel on Thursday at the ADA Annual Session. But other factors include the loss of dental insurance, reimbursements cuts by insurance companies, and the mushrooming number of dental graduates — and, ironically, improvements in oral health, which has resulted in less demand for traditional services such as restorations. More

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