ADAA's 85th National President – Angela M. Swatts, CDA, EFDA Opens the Door to New Beginnings
from American Dental Assistants Association
Allow me to introduce myself.... my name is Angela Swatts and I am the new president of the American Dental Assistants Association having been installed just last month at our annual convention in Honolulu, Hawaii. Many of you know me already, and if you do, you probably call me Angie. For those of you who I have not had the chance to meet, I look forward to doing so. As I recently mentioned in the Journal of the American Dental Assistants Association, the ADAA must be proactive as we reach out to connect with all dental assistants. With the proliferation of e-mail, texting, the internet including social networking sites, communication channels are shifting to an almost exclusive electronic format.
Link to Wreaths Across America
fromAmerican Dental Assistants Association
Once again the ADAA and the Federal Services soldiers and airmen will be raising donations for the Wreaths at Arlington and across the United States. On Dec.12, we will be placing wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. This is a yearly event for the ADAA. Many of you have probably received the e-mails at Christmas that show all the wreaths and crosses at the snow covered cemetery. This event is sponsored by Worcester Wreath Company from Maine. Each year there are 10, 000 graves at Arlington that have these wreaths placed by volunteers. The wreaths are donated by the company. The story is one of great inspiration and worth reading about. The Web site is www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
It's Here! Spectra Caries Detection Aid from Air Techniques – FDA Cleared
from Oral Health Journal
Spectra operates using fluorescence technology. LED’s project high-energy light with a wavelength of 405 nanometers onto the tooth surface causing cariogenic bacteria to fluoresce red. In contrast, healthy enamel fluoresces green. The captured data is sent to the computer and the live image is presented on the monitor. Images can be saved to the patient record for future reference.
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Oral-body Inflammatory Connected to Medical-dental Practice
from Dental Office Magazine
The science behind why a diseased mouth puts one at a higher risk for heart attacks and strokes, along with recent new evidence showing improvements in oral health having a positive impact on reducing atherosclerosis or plaque in arteries, is leading more dentists and physicians to become aware of how this may possibly affect their patient's general health and medical conditions.
Bacterial Contamination of Surgical Scrubs and Laundering Mechanisms: Infection control implications
from Infection Control Today
The objective is to assess the bioburden associated with surgical scrub garments separated into eight categories based on single-use/re-usable status, use status (prior to use versus after use), and, for re-usable scrub garments, laundering mechanism (facility-laundered, third-party laundered and home-laundered). The study's aim was to determine whether or not this information provided any insight into the safety and efficacy of re-usable versus single-use scrubs and laundering mechanism.
U.S. House Passes ADA-backed Red Flags Exemption Legislation
from American Dental Association
The U.S. House of Representatives Oct. 20 approved by a 400-0 vote legislation to exempt most dental offices from the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule. "This is great news for most dental practices in this country and demonstrates the effectiveness of our grassroots advocacy initiatives," said ADA President Ron Tankersley. "Obviously, applying the Red Flags Rule to the typical dental practice overreached the original intent of the legislation and would result in unnecessary bureaucratic burdens and expense."
Dental Sleep Medicine – Dentists Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients with Oral Appliance Therapy, Expanding Their Practices
Every night, an estimated 18 million Americans stop breathing for 10 to 30 seconds, sometimes for a minute or longer, hundreds of times as they sleep. These men and women suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and, if left untreated, are at a higher risk for excessive daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and driving accidents.