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Happy Holidays!
Greetings to all ADAA members:
As 2012 comes to a close, the American Dental Assistants Association would like to wish you a joyous holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide our readers of ADAA Online 24/7, a look at the most popular articles from 2012. Our regular publication will resume on Wednesday Jan. 2.

2012 Salary Survey results
PR Newswire via Inside Dental Assisting Oct. 30, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) 2012 Salary Survey reveals that dental assistants who have earned DANB certification receive a higher salary than non-certified dental assistants and demonstrate high employer loyalty. The findings are consistent with DANB's previous salary surveys, which have been conducted since 2001. More

Legionnaires' disease and dental unit water
RDH Feb. 28, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On a certain Monday morning in February, some of us were getting the same question from our patients, wrote syndicated columnist Noel Brandon Kelsch, RDHAP. The question was similar to the questions that dental offices received in 1987 regarding transmission of HIV in the dental setting, as well as questions in 2001 regarding the transmission of HBV in the dental setting. My hope was that you answered these questions without hesitation. More

The 12 best cities for young dental assistants
Dentistry IQ Sept. 24, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lauren Burns, an editorial intern for, shares her views on the best states for young dental hygienists and assistants to live and work. "This time, my method for determining the most fun states to live in as a young dental assistant was anything but scientific," Burns said. "That's the honest truth, and I can say it and hope that The Editors Across the Office agree with my unconventional and unexplainable ways and publish this because, well, "fun" isn't really scientific, is it?" More

Study: Heavy cellphone use affects salivary glands
DrBicuspid July 10, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Heavy cellphone use increases the rate of saliva and flow, as well as the volume of parotid glands, according to a study to be published in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology. Researchers from the department of oral medicine and radiology at Vidya Shikshan Prasarak Mandal's Dental College and Research Centre in India were interested in looking at how heat and radiofrequency radiation that cellphones emit can impact adjacent tissues. More

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The 7 habits of highly effective dental assistants
ADAA Sept. 18, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What makes an effective dental assistant? Have you ever wondered why some excel at their work and others bounce from practice to practice and are unfulfilled? What's the difference between what I call a "$5 dental assistant" and someone who is valued in the practice? Stephen Covey addresses issues that affect this in his book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". What do his 7 habits look like when applied to dental assisting? More

Study finds 20-30 percent of dental bib clips harbor bacteria even after disinfection
Dentistry Today Aug. 21, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, in collaboration with researchers at the Forsyth Institute, published a study today that found 20 to 30 percent of dental bib clips still harbor bacterial contaminants even after proper disinfection procedures. Rubber-faced metal bib clips were found to retain more bacteria than bib clips made only of metal before disinfection. The study also found that before disinfection, bib clips used during orthodontic procedures had three times the bacterial load of those used during endodontic procedures, suggesting that the nature of dental treatment impacts the number of bacteria present on the clips. More

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Combine conventional and digital methods to maximize shade matching
Inside Dental Assisting March/April 2012 edition    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shade determination requires dental professionals to understand the science of color, as well as the shade and surface characteristics of teeth. Additionally, dentists must be able to effectively communicate this information to the laboratory, where ceramists are then tasked to interpret the shade information and choose the correct ceramic materials and shades to create highly esthetic restorations that appear indistinguishable from the patient’s surrounding dentition. This article provides current perspectives and information about shade-taking technologies and the advancements and techniques facilitating this process. More

Free, unlimited CE for dental assistants
Dentistry Today Feb. 2, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Professional dental assistants, need continuing education, and can receive it free of charge with the convenience of on-line delivery and in unlimited quantities at no charge as a member of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA). America's oldest, largest dental assisting organization is now providing its active and student members with all the continuing education they need and want, on-line and up to date with no review or testing fees. More

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Assisting: Past, present, and future!
Dentistry IQ Jan. 3, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, a 1981 graduate of the Missouri School for Doctors' Assistants who has 30 years' chairside experience, discusses a recent trip to the Women's Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y. The feisty women who so bravely started the movement in 1848 were true pioneers, determined to make a better way of life for every woman that came after them. "While there, I thought about the women that pioneered dental assisting," Hunter said. "It's a part of our profession I had never looked into and I was eager to find out more." More

Disinfectants or barriers: What is the 'right' choice for the treatment room?
Dental Economic March 6, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
I frequently hear questions from dental team members about their confusion over barriers vs. disinfectants on dental equipment and surfaces, writes Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA. Many team members ask if the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires barriers, and if surfaces need to be disinfected underneath the barriers. The answer to the first question is "no." OSHA does not require the use of barriers. More

Dental assistant careers hold strong even in a tough economy
SB Wire Feb. 10, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite the tough economy, dental sssistant careers continue their strong growth pattern. It can be a reasonably lucrative career choice for many without the significant time investment required by many other careers. "We are just not seeing the industry slow down,” a spokesperson for the Dental Assistant Career Research Center said in February. More

Virginia board: Dental assistants can't use high-speed tools
DrBicuspid June 8, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A proposal in Virginia to allow a new category of dental personnel, the dental assistant II (DAII), to use high-speed rotary instruments has been turned down by the state Board of Dentistry. The proposal, put forward by Denice Burnette, CDA, EFDA, the only DAII working in Virginia, prompted heated debate among the dental community, with opponents calling it a threat to patient safety. 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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