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Lawrence H. Sepin retires as executive director of the American Dental Assistants Association
American Dental Assistants Association
The American Dental Assistants Association announces that Executive Director Lawrence H. Sepin has decided to retire, effective Dec. 31. ADAA President Kimberly Bland said, "After 25 years of service to the ADAA, Larry has decided that now is the right time to step down. The Association was fortunate to have his guidance for such an extended time in our history. During Larry's tenure with the ADAA, we were able to establish a successful educational foundation dedicated to supporting the Association's work in producing quality educational products for dental assistants."
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Dental assisting goals for the New Year
As we prepare to ring in the New Year, it's a good time to take stock of all that you've achieved and what goals you plan to set for 2015. Now is a great time to be in the oral health care field. As a profession, dental assisting is reaching new heights. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, dental assisting is one of the fastest-growing occupations — and is expected to grow 25 percent between 2012 and 2022. With so many opportunities, make the most of the next year by setting your sights on one or more of these career goals.
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This dentist is breaking the law, what can assistant do? December 18, 2014
QUESTION: I'm a dental assistant with over five years of experience. I have worked as a floor supervisor for eight months since I started at this office. As a supervisor I’ve seen numerous cases of malpractice to patients ­– dental assistants cementing permanent crowns, RDAs taking final impressions, all the assistants doing prophylaxis, dental assistants adjusting dentures, and assistants packing cord. I've taken this matter to the office manager, who says we need to stop doing these procedures, but the managing dentist pressures the assistants, including me, to do these procedures we’ve been told not to do, and then takes revenge when we try to avoid these procedures. How does he take revenge?
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US House approves oral health spending
American Dental Association
The spending bill passed by the House of Representatives would support dental care, oral health research and residency training through fiscal year 2015. The bill represents bipartisan agreement to avoid a government shutdown.
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Christmas shopping? I'd rather have a root canal! 1 in 3 Americans would choose dental surgery over hitting the stores this holiday season
Many Americans hate Christmas shopping so much, they'd literally rather have a run-in with the dentist than be subjected to too much of it. Shopping app GameIt commissioned a survey on over 1,000 Americans and found than 32 percent of them agreed with the statement: "I would rather have root canal treatment than be forced to go Christmas or Holiday shopping every day for weeks on end."
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What would Dayna do … about offering health insurance for dental practice employees?
Dental Products Report
In this installment of What Would Dayna Do?, Dayna Johnson answers a couple of questions from a dental office manager based in Michigan. The office manager writes, "Dear Dayna, I would like some advice on a human resources issue. What are the rules on giving employees health insurance if they already have it under their spouse? Also, what are the rules about a leave of absence? How do we average hours for benefits when an employee has been on medical leave the year before?"
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What your teeth could be telling you
Statistics show periodontal disease affects over 85 percent of the population, but there's more to your mouth than tooth decay and gum disease. There are some secrets your teeth could be trying to tell you. Jennifer Harvey has taken a detour from the dentist for years, and this is what happened - diseased, decayed teeth!
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Saliva test for Ebola detection under development
Dental Tribune International
In collaboration with two U.S. scientific institutions, Ceres Nanosciences, a biotechnology company specializing in diagnostic products, is planning to develop a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in saliva. Since current methods for diagnosing Ebola rely on blood samples, the four-month project aims to find a more effective and noninvasive alternative.
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Preventing tooth decay in young children
Dental caries, also known as tooth decay, is the most common chronic disease in children in the United States — and your child's pediatrician, family doctor, or nurse can play an important role in prevention.
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    Taking the law into your own hands! (Mary Beth Sojka, CDA, RDA, ADAA Chair, Council on Legislation)
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