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Intention (for today's dental assistants)
By Lori Paschall, President, 2013-2014, American Dental Assistants Association via Dentistry IQ
What are your intentions? These are four simple, yet powerful words. When I joined this association, my intention was to find a way to meet people when I moved from Florida to South Carolina. I accomplished this goal and as I continued to avail myself of the opportunities in my local society, unbeknownst to me, my intentions changed. I was not aware of it at the time, but a very wise woman looked over at me while I was driving us to our local society meeting and asked, "What are your intentions?"
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As dental assistants become more in demand, their assets are rising
Inside Dental Assisiting
The financial future for dental assistants is robust. With a projected growth rate of 31 percent, the profession of dental assisting is one of the fastest growing professions in the country, according the U.S. Department of Labor. Today, 297,200 dental assistants are working in the U.S., and another 91,000 dental assisting jobs are expected to be added by 2020.
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3 ways dental assistants can improve the schedule
Dentistry IQ
We ask our patients to arrive on time. It's only fair that we respect their schedule as well. Unexpected events may sometimes delay our schedule, and this is when assistants must communicate with the front office team members so that they can tell the patient that we are experiencing a delay and won't be able to get to them on time.
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The Affordable Care Act: What you need to know about properly counting dental team members
Dental Practice Management
President Barack Obama has announced a one-year delay to a key component of the Affordable Care Act stating, "Insurers can extend current plans otherwise canceled in 2014." While waiting for insurance companies to further clarify, there is one, less talked about provision of the ACA to which dentists should be paying attention.
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Chocolate better than fluoride?
Dentistry Today
For the 40 million Americans who suffer from tooth sensitivity, relief may now come in the form of chocolate. A naturally occurring extract in cacao, called Rennou, has been found to work better than fluoride to restore and repair enamel.
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Customized letters: Driving a response
By Jill Nesbitt
How do you follow up with patients who do not schedule the treatment you recommend? Call them? Send an email? Send a letter? Drive to their house? What response are you receiving? Do the patients return the call, reply to your email? Perhaps it's time to look again at the content of your letter. By customizing these letters to the patient, they will improve your communication and increase your response rate.
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Dentist's employee son causing huge problems in the office
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: We have an excellent doctor and team. Our patients love our office, and the team members all care deeply for the doctor and practice. However, we have a huge issue that is ruining our office — the doctor’s son. He is our business manager and I am the office manager. I’ve been here almost 17 years, and he’s been here about seven years. He makes twice what I make and does about one eighth of the work.
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The importance of team: Dr. Eric Hurtle and Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA
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Working as a team, Dr. Eric Hurtle and Tija Hunter are making a difference in the live of their Missouri- and Illinois-based patients.

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Top 5 reasons dentists should get social
Dental Products Report
Are you using social media to promote your dental practice? If not, here are five reasons you should be.

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My dentist boss no longer tells me he appreciates me
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: I'm a dental assistant who has worked for my dentist for more than two years. For the first year of my employment, the dentist complimented me everyday. This treatment felt great and made me strive my hardest.

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Control patient gagging
Dental Economics
The gag reflex is generally thought to be controlled by the hypothalamus of the brain. We also know that other reactions are controllable by the hypothalamus. Place a Q-tip with salt on the tip of the patient's tongue. We are now stimulating taste sensors.
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This chic dental office will make you long for your next cleaning
Slate
Many of us think of the dentist's office as a sterile torture chamber, not a place for visual inspiration. But one interior design-savvy Parisian dentist says that her patients arrive for a checkup and end up asking for decorating tips.
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Common foods that stain your teeth
Winter Garden Smiles
Red wine, coffee, and nicotine/tobacco products are commonly known as major causes of discolored teeth. However, there are foods and beverages out there (even healthy ones) that can cause stains as well.
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