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Radiation danger alert for handheld dental X-ray machines
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Recent findings show that an imported handheld dental X-ray machine, known as the Tianjie Dental Falcon, exposes users and patients to 10 times the normal level of radiation, increasing their risks of cancer and organ damage. Dentists have been warned against using this machine on patients as it poses significant health risks. More

Juliette A. Southard Scholarship, Student Achievement Award & ADAA/Hu-Friedy Merit Scholar applications are now being accepted!
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ADAA is proud to announce that the JAS Scholarship and Student Achievement Award applications for 2013 are now available. Juliette A. Southard/Oral-B Education Scholarship Program, named for the founder of the American Dental Assistants Association, is underwritten by Oral-B, ADAA and volunteer donations. Established in 1929, the program awards scholarships to dental assisting students and dental assistants interested in furthering their education in the field of dental assisting. $750 AWARDED TO 10 INDIVIDUALS!


Citrus College students volunteer for charity dental event in Los Angeles
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Students from Citrus College RDA Program spent a day volunteering during the recent LA Care Harbor Charity Dental Event. The event used to be called CareNow, but organizers said it didn't reflect all that was happening at the arena. Now, the event is called Care Harbor L.A. because they have expanded follow-up care. There are 85 different clinics at the arena to sign up patients and make appointments for any post-care needs. Also expanded this year was the dental care area. Most people come to the event for root canals, extractions and fillings. Last year, there were 80 chairs, but this year, there was 100.


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Oceans apart, ADAA mission statement unites ADAA-Chinese Delegation
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It was a sunny day in San Francisco as the American Dental Assistant Association held their 88th annual meeting. The dentist delegation from China was present for their fourth visit, which was organized by Linda Lu Cai. ADAA President Claudia Pohl welcomed the international guests with enthusiasm. Cai was an RDA in China, Beijing at Peking University School of Stomatology. She has been working as a dental assistant for 30 years, 17 years of those years in California. She strives to help Chinese dentists and dental assistants learn how American dentists and assistants work together with four-hand operations using dental treatment technology. While dentistry in Unites States has been developing for longer than the 88 years the ADAA has been in existence, the Chinese private clinic dentist and assistants were only established 20 years ago. More

A Message from ADAAF Member Director Cathy Roberts …
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The ADAA Foundation is now accepting nominations for an ADAA Member to serve as an ADAA Foundation Member Director for 2013‐2016. ADAA Foundation Member Directors attend one Foundation meeting per year and facilitate the ADAA Foundation Silent Auction and other fundraising events at the ADAA Annual Session. Please see the notice concerning the requirements for serving as a Foundation Director and the nomination form for the Foundation Member Director position.

This term begins at the February 2013 meeting. Please join your fellow members, states and locals in making a contribution to the ADAA Foundation. The ADAA Foundation is all about you, the dental assistant.
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The Flu and You: ADAA offers home study course
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Your patient is sneezing and coughing; a team member is "dead tired" and looks flushed. Just how does a dental office deal with a world wide pandemic when it pops up on the personal level so close to home or in this case, at work. The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) to the Rescue! More

Study: Breath test may distinguish benign from malignant lung nodules
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Breath analysis may discriminate between benign and malignant pulmonary nodules, according to a pilot study published in the October issue of Journal of Thoracic Oncology. … 2009 and May 2010. The researchers analyzed the exhaled volatile organic compounds by using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry combined with solid-phase microextraction, as well as a chemical nanoarray. More

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Study: Significant increase in dental-related emergency department visits
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A comparison of healthcare statistics from 2006 and 2009 has shown that emergency department visits for treatment of dental-related conditions rose by 16 percent. While in 2006 about 870,000 visits were reported, the number increased to over 930,000 in 2009. The patients were mostly young, uninsured and from low-income rural areas. More

Patients distracted at the dentist with 3-D multimedia glasses's Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Now, more and more dental practices help patients overcoming their phobia and anxiousness by offering them the multimedia 3D glasses and the earphones. You can watch Mission Impossible while the dentist drills your teeth. A new such multimedia high tech product has been presented in both Canada and the US. Carl Zeiss launched the system called Total 3D Solutions, and it is specifically created for dental office use. More

New strategy to prevent or halt periodontal disease
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Periodontitis, a form of chronic gum disease that affects nearly half of the U.S. adult population, results when the bacterial community in the mouth becomes unbalanced, leading to inflammation and eventually bone loss. In its most severe form, which affects 8.5 percent of U.S. adults, periodontitis can impact systemic health. More

A training program for dental appointment no-shows
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Even an effective dental patient scheduling system will not maximize practice productivity if too many patients fail to keep their appointments. When a patient doesn't show up or cancels at the last minute, your practice suffers from unproductive gaps and lost income that can never be replaced. More

New and Revised Accreditation Standards

The Commission directed that the proposed revision of the Dental Assisting Standards be distributed to the appropriate communities of interest for review and comment, with comment due Jan. 4, 2013. A copy of the proposed revisions can be found at

Written comments can be directed to or mailed to:
ATTN: Patrice Renfrow, interim manager
Dental Assisting Education
211 East Chicago Avenue, 19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

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