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Emphasis on access: Nonprofit route gets patients dental care
INFORUM
Tyler Winter was not one of those kids who hated going to the dentist. He loved going. It's no coincidence he became a dental assistant, a job that might be overlooked at times but is the largest profession in the dental field. … "Your pilot is the dentist, and the co-pilot is the dental assistant," Winter said.
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Winners selected for the 2014 ADAA/DANB Scholarship
ADAA
The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) have announced the winners of the 2014 ADAA/DANB Scholarship. The ADAA/DANB Scholarship is open to all ADAA members in good standing and is intended to help dental assistants turn their professional development plans into reality.
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Pregnancy and employment in the dental practice
Dentistry IQ
Due to the vast number of female employees in the dental field, the issue of employee pregnancy arises frequently. Many dentists fail to abide by federal law in their dealings with pregnant employees because they simply aren’t familiar with the legislation protecting pregnant employees: the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). However, the lack of knowledge surrounding these laws can be costly and can lead dental employers straight into disputes with labor boards.
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10 questions on genetic testing, periodontal disease, and the role of the dental professional
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Dental Products Report sits down with Interleukin Genetics to discuss a trend that could find its way into your dental practice in the very near future.
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Medicare — to opt in or opt out?
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: We are a general dentist practice in N.C., and we're trying to decide what to do regarding Medicare patients. If we opted out, would Medicare patients get prescription coverage, which we would prescribe, say, in the case of an antibiotic premed for artificial joints? Also, would someone be covered if they presented with an abscessed tooth and we prescribed an antibiotic and possibly pain medication? My second question is, if we opted out, would we be able to file a Medicare advantage dental claim on a patient's behalf for their reimbursement? We are a small practice and do not participate in any dental programs.
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Romance in the dental practice … what is and is not allowed?
Dental Practice Management
Whether you are hiring, firing, or communicating in the office, transparency is imperative. An office romance in full swing can’t be a secret … because it's not going to stay a secret for long. Words like favoritism, partiality, preference, or even bias will start creeping in the communication of the team as well as becoming a part of office culture. Be transparent with your team.
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Potentially toxic beverages
DentistryIQ
Ingestion of energy drinks has increased in recent years, and reservations in the scientific community and the public about the health effects of these products continue to be raised. Energy drinks are non-alcoholic beverages that contain caffeine, vitamins, and other ingredients, for example taurine, ginseng, and guarana.
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Study says most dentists ask patients about tobacco use
Medical News Today
Dental visits represent an opportunity to identify and help patients quit smoking, yet dental settings remain an untapped venue for treatment of tobacco dependence. The purpose of this analysis was to assess factors that may influence patterns of tobacco-use-related practice among a national sample of dental providers.
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Saliva test in dental setting could help diagnose deadly diseases
Dental Tribune
Salivary fluid has become an emerging medium for the detection of oral and systemic diseases, as well as for health surveillance in recent years. Now, a study conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles, has shown that a simple saliva test conducted in the dental practice could be capable of diagnosing serious illnesses such as diabetes and cancer at an early stage.
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George Washington didn't have wooden teeth — they were ivory
Smithsonian
When George Washington became president on April 30, 1789, he only had one tooth in his head, a single premolar poking up from his gums. A combination of bad genes and even worse 18th century dentistry meant that the man who first led the nation suffered from terrible teeth. But a toothless grin isn't very Presidential, and so Washington wore dentures. Somewhere along the line, the famous myth that Washington wore wooden dentures took root.
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