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A Dental Assistant You Should Know: Connie Myers Kracher
from American Dental Assistants Association
When asked how she decided to become a dental assistant, ADAA's Connie Myers Kracher said: "I started as an on-the-job trained dental assistant right after high school in South Bend, Ind. I was working part-time for my own dentist while attending college. After my employer retired, I began working for a dentist as an expanded functions dental assistant (restorative) in Warsaw, Ind. I became a Certified Dental Assistant while I was an OJT. The dentist I was working for at the time told me that I should go to dental school, but I had no desire to be a dentist. She said 'if you don’t want to be a dentist then go teach [allied].' I thought this was a great idea because I loved to teach others, so I completed a Bachelor of Science in allied dental education at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis." More

What Soft Drinks are Doing to Your Body
from Yahoo! Health
Soda, pop, cola, soft drink — whatever you call it, it is one of the worst beverages that you could be drinking for your health. As the debate for whether to put a tax on the sale of soft drinks continues, you should know how they affect your body so that you can make an informed choice on your own. More

What is a Dental Abscess? What Causes Dental Abscesses?
from Medical News Today
A dental abscess, or tooth abscess, is an accumulation of pus that forms inside the teeth or gums. The abscess typically originates from a bacterial infection, often one that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the tooth. Bacteria exist in plaque, a by-product of food, saliva and bacteria in the mouth which sticks to the teeth and damages them, as well as the gums. If the plaque is not removed by regular and proper tooth brushing and flossing the bacteria may spread within the soft tissue inside the tooth or gums, eventually resulting in an abscess. More

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Evidence Indicates Sealants Improve Children's Oral Health
from American Dental Association
School-based sealant programs are an effective public health approach to preventing caries, according to a November article in The Journal of the American Dental Association that reinforces the evidence that such programs help improve the oral health of children, especially those from vulnerable populations. More

Map of Human Bacterial Diversity Shows Wide Interpersonal Differences
from Infection Control Today
A University of Colorado at Boulder team has developed the first atlas of bacterial diversity across the human body, charting wide variations in microbe populations that live in different regions of the body and which aid us in physiological functions that contribute to our health. The study showed humans carry "personalized" communities of bacteria around that vary widely from our foreheads and feet to our noses and navels. More

An Over-the-Counter End to Gum Disease?
from WTVT
Who doesn't want a brighter, whiter smile? Earlier this year, we told you about a Florida scientist who discovered a natural way to ward off gum disease, and whiten teeth. Now there's a power-packed breath mint commercially available in stores. More


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ADA Champions Oral Health Issues in Health Care Reform Debate
from American Dental Association
As the U.S. House of Representatives debated health care reform legislation Nov. 3, the Association urged support for amendments "that will help provide enhanced value for dental patients." In action alerts to ADA members and e-mail messages to members of Congress, Association leaders urged support for five amendments to legislation offered by Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives. More

Prevent Pain, Boost Productivity and Extend Your Career
from Inside Dentistry
In her groundbreaking new book, "Practice Dentistry Pain-free: Evidence-based Strategies to Prevent Pain and Extend Your Career," Bethany Valachi has taken the problem of work-related pain in dentistry and distilled it into the basic 'whys' and 'hows' that are imperative to effective injury prevention and treatment. More

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