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Dental assistant winners selected for ADAA/DANB Scholarship
Inside Dental Assisting
The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) have selected the winners of the 2013 ADAA/DANB Scholarship. The newly launched scholarship program is intended to help dental assistants turn their professional development plans into reality. Dental assistants from across the country submitted applications, and the scholarship committee had the tough task of assessing the many highly qualified applicants
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I dread going to work in my dental office
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: I'm writing from New Zealand. My dental office stress is making me anxious and I dread going to work. I don’t know how to get my coworkers to listen to me or give me respect! Here is an example of how my peers don't listen to me or have respect for me. Lately our X-ray films have been getting stuck in the digital processor. Yesterday the film I tried to process actually got stuck so we had to send the machine away. We had a meeting later that day, and a staff member said this happened because I have been told to use tissue paper instead of wipes, but I do use tissue! They didn't ask me about this before the meeting and just shrugged off my defensive comments. Help!
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Are your dental patients quietly disconnecting?
Dentistry IQ
From all outward appearances things seem to be just fine in your practice. Patients are in the chair, and you provide good care for them. They like you. A good number of them come back. In fact, you’re pretty darn sure that a lot of them come back. Illusions are so comforting, until we pull back the curtain.
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Financially strained, more seniors are unable to get dental care
Georgia Health News
Johnnie Collier, 71, recently went to Mercy Care's downtown Atlanta facility to have a tooth extracted. He said it had been hurting him for many years. Another patient, David Perlete, 63, who is uninsured, also had a painful tooth pulled there. Other facilities charge hundreds of dollars, he said. Despite the work of charity clinics like Mercy Care, millions of older adults are unable to get the dental services they need.
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Mid-level healthcare workers just as effective
Inside Dental Assisting
Countries facing severe shortages and poor distribution of health workers could benefit from training and deploying more mid-level health workers, such as midwives, nurses, medical assistants and surgical clinicians, according to a study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization today.
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Pancreatic saliva test may happen soon
Dentistry Today
A test for pancreatic cancer may soon be on the way. Researchers from the UCLA School of Dentistry have inched closer to completing a saliva test, which will test for pancreatic cancer. The saliva test would look specifically for biomarkers associated with pancreatic cancer
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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.
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Why and how business intelligence and data analytics will benefit your dental practice
Dental Practice Management
In a recent study by the American Dental Association, the financial state of the American dental industry appears bleak. According to the study conducted by ADA's Health Policy Resources Center, the average annual net income for general practitioners has dropped more than 12 percent since 2006.
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Blue Button gets boost from AHIMA
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
During its annual meeting Oct. 28 in Atlanta, the American Health Information Management Association launched an initiative aimed at expanding use of Blue Button technology. Blue Button was launched in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a way of making health information more accessible to veterans. Soon after, the concept was embraced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Department of Defense and quickly became the gold standard in patient engagement. Now, more than 80 million Americans have access to their records via Blue Button.
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7 ways you can kick off a great week in your dental practice
Dental Practice Management
You've heard it over and over: "Put on a happy face and you'll have a great day!" Or here's another: "Only you can choose your attitude!"

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2 reasons to rethink using email in your dental practice
Dental Practice Management
Privacy issues are of increased concern when sharing patient records between specialists, dentists, and laboratories. Multiple regulations, including HIPAA, HITECH, and their Canadian equivalent PIPEDA, have established very specific guidelines for the handling of patient information.

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Improving gum health may reduce heart risk
Medical News Today
Researchers at Columbia University in New York suggest that if you look after your gums, you could also be reducing your risk of heart disease. They claim that improving dental care slows the speed with which plaque builds up in the arteries.

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National Children's Dental Health Month celebrates super smiles
American Dental Association
Dentists nationwide can help their young patients "join the super smile team" by participating in the ADA's 2014 National Children's Dental Health Month during February. The youth English version of the Super Smile Team NCDHM is polybagged in the Nov. 4 print issue of ADA News.
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The sensitivity complaint
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The age-old question that arises as we strive to find a response (as well as a cure for) is: What causes sensitivity? Patients enter the office with complaints of sensitivity in various areas of their mouths, often caused by a variety of reasons. They want it to be treated without incurring additional pain. Until we can establish the cause, we are not able to make recommendations for a remedy.
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What really scares middle-income Americans away from the dentist
The Huffington Post (commentary)
If you think that lack of access to dental care is just a problem for the poor in this country, think again. More and more middle-income Americans, even those with dental insurance, are finding that going to the dentist for even routine care is not a possibility because of the cost.
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CDC: Makers of e-cigarettes, little cigars target kids
USA Today
New types of cigarettes and tobacco threaten to addict a new generation of kids, in spite of the country's overall progress against smoking, said Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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