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Dec. 6, 2011
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Breaking down barriers: ADA looks for dental assistant involvement with its initiatives
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In the spirit of widening its focus, The American Dental Association (ADA) has partnered with different stakeholder associations for an upcoming oral health campaign targeted at reaching underserved areas. This program goes hand-in-hand with the ADA's mission to break down the barriers that keep underserved people from receiving oral care. William R. Calnon, DDS, the newly installed president of the ADA, believes that the involvement of dental assistants is integral to spreading the ADA's message and accomplishing these goals. ... One way to improve access to care is by amplifying the role played by dental assistants. More

6 tips to help you deal with hostile and obnoxious patients
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What if your patient is just plain obnoxious? Is it appropriate to confront the person on his or her behavior? Talk about a dilemma. If you ignore the behavior, it continues. … If you sense there is something personal about how this person is treating you, for instance, ask if the person would like to see another dental assistant. More

Risk factors of TMJD
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The results of a long-term study recently conducted by researchers at the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, identify risk factors for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), a painful condition affecting the joint which connects the jaw to the skull. The results of the study reveal that those who suffer from TMJD may be more likely to suffer from a range of other issues as well, including hearing disorders such as tinnitus, fainting and dizziness, and seizures. By identifying these associated conditions, researchers hope to be able to more accurately identify those at risk of TMJD. More

Impression guns pose contamination risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It happens more often than any of us would like to think. A patient enters a healthcare facility for a minor procedure, but leaves with a much more severe issue to contend with after he or she has been exposed to contaminated instruments or supplies and develops a bacterial infection. More

'Ask Linda Miles'
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Dental team members often wish they had a unbiased "Fairy Godmother" to answer their heartfelt questions regarding personal dental career issues. Linda Miles (celebrating her 50th year in dentistry ... 19 years as a dental auxiliary and 32 as a speaker/consultant) began answering those questions in October in Dental Assisting Digest, RDH eVillage, and on More

New Innovative Oral Health Rinse
Sunstar Americas introduces G•U•M PerioShield Oral Health Rinse – a new and innovative aid for the prevention and treatment of gingivitis. Clinically proven proprietary ingredient delmopinol 0.2% has a unique mechanism of action which disrupts current plaque and helps to prevent new build-up by forming a protective shield on the teeth and gums. more

Successfully integrating digital impressions into the practice
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Managing a dental laboratory that has handled over 10,000 digital impression files provides valuable insight into how and why some dental practices thrive with the addition of a digital oral scanner and experience all this technology has to offer, while others have a ponderous and frustrating experience, with scanners ending up unused. To help practices achieve successful integration of a scanner, this article outlines some of the benefits of this technology, clears up some of the misconceptions, and pinpoints key tips for dental assistants—in addition to detailing some factors that can impede success. More

Dentist threatens to sue patient for negative review
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Robert Lee went into Dr. Stacy Makhnevich's New York dentist office for a sore tooth, but the year that followed turned into what one Public Citizen senior lawyer called an "unconscionable practice." The controversy began in 2010, when Lee went into Makhnevich's office for a scheduled dentist’s appointment. Bleary from pain, Lee claimed he was told he had to sign several papers, including a "Mutual Agreement to Maintain Privacy," before being treated. The form required Lee to agree not to publish any commentary or write anything disparaging about his experience with Makhnevich. More

The evolution of esthetic dental materials
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In 1981, the materials decisions to be made by a newly minted dentist were very different than they are today. After the selection of a local laboratory to handle the indirect restorations that are part of the "crown-and-bridge" aspect of practice, the major material decision for many clinicians involved choosing a semi-precious alloy for porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations. Materials for direct restorations included plastic jars of amalgam capsules and a box of composite technology that involved mixing together paste A and B and getting it into the preparation before it could set. More

Dental X-rays help preventing stroke and heart disease
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The Dental X-rays basically take a photograph of the bone, of the tooth and of the soft tissue surrounding it. With the help of these, dentists are able to tell immediately whether there is an infection in the pulp of the tooth, or whether the patient doesn’t have enough bone for that dental implant procedure. There are three types of dental X-rays existent. More

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