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Dental assistant school recognition: Is it lacking in your office?
Dentistry IQ
Lurking inside some dental practices is a frustration most dentists are totally unaware of. Consultants are privy to this frustration, as they are often asked in confidence to help the dental deal auxiliaries with the frustration. The comment many share with their consultants is that they borrowed money and spent many months of their life going to an accredited dental assisting school, yet their dentist does not value or respect the sacrifices they made.
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ADAA Congratulates New ADAA Fellows and Master
On Nov. 2, at the ADAA 89th Annual Session held in New Orleans, La., the Fellowship/Mastership Convocation Ceremony welcomed six new Fellows and one new Master. We are pleased to congratulate the ADAA members who have worked hard to complete the 300 hours for the Fellowship program and the 400 hours for the Mastership program.

Congratulations again to: Fellows-Crystal Wachter, Williamson, N.Y.; Kimberly Arny, Tallmadge, Ohio; Deborah Killenbeck, Williamson, N.Y.; Cindy Gerber, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Tija Hunter, East Alton, Ill.; Robynn Rixse, Landisville, Pa.; Master-Jena Payne, Cleveland, Ga. Click here to view the 2013 inductees.

ADAA proudly honors all 118 Fellows and 21 Masters who obtained the Fellowship/Mastership status.

Join this prestigious list, enroll in the Fellowship/Mastership Program. Refer to the Continuing Education section of the ADAA website for detailed information and a registration form or click here.

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Building patient relationships
By 2013-2014 ADAA President Lori Paschall, CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, FADAA
The field of dentistry is unlike any other field of medicine in that it is completely built on relationships. The business assistant is usually the first person that a patient comes into contact with, either by phone or in person. How are you cultivating the relationships that you have with your patients? With the recent changes to insurance coverage, as well as the increasing competition from more dental practices, how can you ensure keeping your current patient base and continuing to add patients? Let’s look at some simple ways to build relationships with patients.
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ACA bars sex discrimination in healthcare
American Dental Association
The U.S. Office for Civil Rights will investigate complaints and "vigorously enforce" new sex discrimination authority under the Affordable Care Act, the agency said. "OCR is also using its authority under health privacy laws to enhance civil rights protections in addressing sex discrimination issues that arise in covered healthcare programs or activities," said the Dec. 6 notice posted at the OCR website.
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ADA backs North Carolina board on teeth-whitening fight with FTC
The ADA is supporting efforts of the North Carolina dental board in a dispute over the Federal Trade Commission's ruling that the board's actions against nondentists who offer teeth-whitening products and services violated U.S. antitrust laws.
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Take charge of your patients' dentinal sensitivity
Inside Dental Assisting
Dentinal sensitivity has a significant prevalence in the general population and an even higher occurrence in periodontal patients. It is typically associated with exposed root surfaces, with the buccal cervical areas of bicuspids and canines most commonly affected.
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How to best keep track of patient allergies
Dental Products Report
One of the difficulties in dental practices is managing patient allergies. Stephanie Pietrantonio Lodding, RDH, offers tips on how to protect patients.
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The ADAA Foundation is seeking ADAA member nominees for appointment to its Board of Directors. Nominees should have held a leadership role at the local, state or national level and have volunteer or community service experience, preferably in fundraising.For more information, click here.
Download form: Nomination Form / ADAAF Volunteer Agreement Form

How to break through the stress and shift your practice's energy
Dental Products Report
Even the best and the brightest teams will fall short of their goals if they are not all on the same page. I've seen talented teams that are actually more of a group of people working alongside each other, but with competing priorities, plateau, unable to advance to the next level of success.

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'How much longer is she/he going to be?'
Dental Economics
She stares you down at the front desk, makes sure you are looking as she moves her head downward with a jerk to look at her watch and back up at you before she loses the opportunity for eye contact. She then rolls her eyes, stands slowly, and moves like a predator toward the front desk and asks, "How much longer is he [or she] going to be?"

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Many people at risk for type 2 diabetes but don't know it
Dental Practice Management
Only 3 in 10 adults 40 and older who have modifiable risk factors for diabetes think they have "a great deal" or "some" risk for diabetes, according to recent American Diabetes Association studies. In fact, 4 in 10 believes at-risk patients are "extremely" or "very" knowledgeable about their elevated risk for type 2 diabetes or heart disease..

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Embarrassing Facebook posts cause certain people more anguish than others
Northwestern University
A friend posts a picture on Facebook that shows you picking food out of your teeth. Awkward! Such Facebook faux pas are common. But depending on who you are and to whom you allow access to your Facebook page, such embarrassments can cause greater anguish, according to a new Northwestern University study.
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Could poor dental health signal a faltering mind?
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Tooth loss and bleeding gums might be a sign of declining thinking skills among the middle-aged, a new study contends. "We were interested to see if people with poor dental health had relatively poorer cognitive function, which is a technical term for how well people do with memory and with managing words and numbers," said study co-author Gary Slade, a professor in the department of dental ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Bringing needed immune cells to inflamed tissue to treat gum disease
Medical News Today
The red, swollen and painful gums and bone destruction of periodontal disease could be effectively treated by beckoning the right kind of immune system cells to the inflamed tissues, according to a new animal study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. Their findings, published this week in the early online version of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offer a new therapeutic paradigm for a condition that afflicts 78 million people in the U.S. alone.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Chocolate better than fluoride? (Dentistry Today)
As dental assistants become more in demand, their assets are rising (Inside Dental Assisiting)
Intention (for today's dental assistants) (By Lori Paschall, President, 2013-2014, American Dental Assistants Association via Dentistry IQ)
Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


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