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ADAA 89th Annual Session — Outgoing president's message
ADAA
It has truly been a privilege to have served as the president of the American Dental Assistants Association this past year. Because ADAA IS the voice of dental assistants to the public and to all professional communities of interest, I am humbled to have had the opportunity to represent ADAA on your behalf. I sincerely appreciate not only your trust and faith in me, but your willingness to share your ideas and participate in many projects of the association. Your commitment, open dialogue, and support in continuing our revitalization have been truly valued.
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4 things to consider when dealing with dental patients who are being treated for breast cancer
Dental Products Report
Knowing that many of your dental patients have fought or are fighting breast cancer, here are four things every dentist and dental team member should know.
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Make your dental office atmosphere fun
Dentistry IQ
What is the most important aspect of having a job? Getting paid? Probably not. It is enjoying what you do. Don't get me wrong … money is quite a motivator for this girl, but it really isn’t everything.
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ADA comments on Senate dental bill
American Dental Association
The American Dental Association "cannot support" dental legislation offered in the Senate and referred to the Finance Committee but commended Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., "for your efforts to address our nation's dental crisis and help break down the barriers that prevent millions of Americans from receiving regular dental care."
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Reflexology in the dental chair
Dentistry IQ
The word dentistry has long been synonymous with such four letter words as pain and ouch. However, during the last 12 years that I've been a dental assistant, I've witnessed patient after patient have a positive experience, and I've helped them leave their dental anxiety at the door, writes Kristen Belcastro, a registered dental assistant in western New Jersey. After all, that’s why I pursued this profession. As a scared little girl facing a very intimidating oral surgery, a sweet and caring woman who assisted the oral surgeon took great care of me. I knew firsthand the fear of the unknown in the dental chair, and I never wanted others to have that same feeling. Isn’t that why we became dental assistants?
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Personalized medicine in dentistry
Inside Dentistry
The field of personalized medicine, which relies on both genetic and clinical patient characteristics to deliver individualized treatment, seems poised to revolutionize all areas of healthcare. With more sophisticated testing methods, advances in pharmacogenetics, and a savvier patient population, the opportunity exists to deliver unprecedented levels of personalized patient care.
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Burning mouth syndrome is often difficult to diagnose
ScienceDaily
Oral pain that feels like a scalded mouth and can last for months has baffled dental researchers since the 1970s, when burning oral sensations were linked to mucosal, periodontal, and restorative disorders and mental or emotional causes.
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CDC update on the multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections: 1 year later
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A year ago this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its Emergency Operations Center as part of the response to the tragic outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to three contaminated lots of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate produced by the New England Compounding Center. As of October 23, 2013, there have been 751 cases of fungal meningitis and other infections associated with this outbreak; 64 of these patients have died. Since July 2013, one new case has been diagnosed.
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ADA offers 'Chairside Instructor' teaching tool for dental team professionals
Inside Dental Assisting
The American Dental Association (ADA) has just revised its best-selling "Chairside Instructor" to include 49 new photos and illustrations. An effective tool for dental teams to educate their patients or for auxiliaries-in-training, this publication covers a wide range of prevention and treatment topics including oral hygiene, anatomy, x-rays; gum disease, tooth decay; dental crowns and bridges, dentures, root canals, orthodontics and cosmetic dental procedures.
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Canadian study: Severe tooth decay in preschoolers a leading cause of day surgery
Compendium
For thousands of Canadian preschoolers, going to the dentist doesn't mean a short visit to a clinic for a minor cavity, but going under general anesthesia for extensive dental surgery in hospital.

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Infection control in the dental office: Compliance revisited
Inside Dental Assisting
One may look at the most recent breach of infection control within the Tulsa, Okla., oral surgery office with sadness. This office may have exposed as many as 7,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C in a six-year period.

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Time management in the dental schedule
Dental Front Office blog
Time management can really make or break any office. If the front office team isn’t performing their tasks as they should the whole office suffers. This is especially true when it comes to scheduling our patients.

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3 steps to successfully broadening your member base
By Michael J. Berens
After several years of declining memberships, associations are now looking forward to better days. Some of this gain can be attributed to the gradually rebounding economy, but most of the credit goes to association leaders and staff at all levels. With traditional members dropping out due to age or economic hardship, some associations have sought to improve recruitment by restructuring or widening their membership base. While this can be an effective strategy, it does present some risks that should be carefully weighed prior to initiating a recruitment campaign.
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Study: Lost teeth linked with thinking and memory problems
Compendium
A new study has found that older people who have lost many teeth show more problems with memory and thinking than those who have most of their natural teeth, according to InteliHealth News Service. The study, which appears in the October issue of the Journal of Korean Medical Sciences, included 438 adults, all of whom were age 50 and older. They had no history of stroke or dementia. None lived in a nursing home or assisted living.
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High tech toothbrush promises to clean your teeth in 6 seconds, maybe mess up your face
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Think of all the time you'd save if brushing your teeth only took six seconds. Seriously, just think of all the things you could do with those spare moments. Take up taxidermy? Sure. Learn Latin? Why not.
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Your dental business and challenging times
Dental Health Magazine
Government shutdown, the implementation of a new healthcare act, a huge increase in the number of uninsured people … who knows what comes next. However, your dental practice needs to stand strong to be able to beat all these socio-economically challenging tides. You should never wait until the "unexpected" kicks in, but make preparations in time so that you will be able to put up with these challenging times easily.
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Caries bacterium may contribute to composite degradation
Dental Tribune International
Secondary caries is one of the major reasons for dental resin composite replacement. Now, a study has provided new evidence that Streptococcus mutans, an oral bacterium that causes tooth decay, compromises the resin–dentin interface and thus contributes to dental resin composite and adhesive degradation.
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