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CDA certification reaches 65-year milestone
DentistryIQ
Each year, thousands of dental assistants across the country earn or renew their certification through the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB). Holding DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification is a big achievement, and dental assistants nationwide proudly display their credentials after their name. There are numerous benefits to earning and maintaining DANB certification, including greater earning power, personal pride, employer recognition, and a professional advantage. This year marked the 65th anniversary of CDA certification. But the history behind this national certification may not be well known. DANB certification traces back to nearly a century ago with the inception of the first dental assisting membership association — the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA).
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10-year study found some improvement, but continued gaps among racial groups
HealthDay
Too many Americans lack access to preventive dental care, a new study reports, and large differences exist among racial and ethnic groups. For the study, researchers analyzed telephone survey data collected from nearly 650,000 middle-aged and older adults between 1999 and 2008. The investigators found that the number who received preventive dental care increased during that time.
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The top 6 questions being asked by dental patients about the Affordable Care Act
Dental Products Report
One part of the Affordable Care Act is intended to improve dental coverage for children, an extension of efforts by public health advocates that followed the 2007 death of a Maryland boy named Deamonte Driver, who was killed by a bacterial infection that spread from an abscessed tooth to his brain.
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CDC looks back at 2013 health challenges, ahead to 2014 health worries
Inside Dental Assisting
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s job is to detect health threats, stop outbreaks, and prevent illness and injury. As 2013 comes to a close America’s health protection agency looks back at top five health concerns in 2013 and previews the five health threats that loom for 2014.
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E. Coli 'superbug' may pose major health threat
HealthDay via Medline Plus
A single strain of antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria has become the main cause of bacterial infections in women and the elderly worldwide over the past decade and poses a serious health threat, researchers report.
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Are dentists interested in the oral-systemic disease connection?
DentistryIQ
Dentists in the U.S. see an increasing number of patients with systemic conditions. These patients are challenging to treat when the relationship between oral and systemic disease is not well understood. The dominance of professional isolation exacerbates the problem due to the difficulty in finding expert advice or peer support. This study intended to: identify whether dentists discuss the oral-systemic connection and what aspects they discuss; understand perceptions of dentists and attitudes toward the connection; and to determine what information dentists need to treat patients with systemic conditions.
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New optimized coatings for implants reduce risk of infection
Compendium
Implants are commonly made from metals such as titanium alloys. These materials are being made porous during processing used to prepare them for medical use. Whereas this is important to ensure good contact between the implant and the bone, this also allows dangerous bacteria to adhere and grow both on the surface as well as inside leading to increased risk of infection.
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CALL FOR ADAA FOUNDATION BOARD NOMINEES
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


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Customized letters: Driving a response
By Jill Nesbitt
How do you follow up with patients who do not schedule the treatment you recommend? Call them? Send an email? Send a letter? Drive to their house? What response are you receiving? Do the patients return the call, reply to your email? Perhaps it's time to look again at the content of your letter.

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Intention (for today's dental assistants)
By Lori Paschall, President, 2013-2014, American Dental Assistants Association via Dentistry IQ
What are your intentions? These are four simple, yet powerful words. When I joined this association, my intention was to find a way to meet people when I moved from Florida to South Carolina. I accomplished this goal and as I continued to avail myself of the opportunities in my local society, unbeknownst to me, my intentions changed.

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This chic dental office will make you long for your next cleaning
Slate
Many of us think of the dentist's office as a sterile torture chamber, not a place for visual inspiration. But one interior design-savvy Parisian dentist says that her patients arrive for a checkup and end up asking for decorating tips.

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Call for action on cutting sugar
Science Daily
A study by Newcastle University researchers into the effects of sugars on our oral health recommends cutting down on the sweet additive as part of a global initiative to reduce tooth decay. Since 1990 the World Health Organization has recommended that intake of "free sugars" should be less than 10 percent of total energy (calorie) intake. Free sugars are sugars that are added to foods by the manufacturer, cook, or consumer; plus those naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates.
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Providing families simple ways to improve oral health
Inside Dental Assisting
Brush twice a day. Floss and rinse daily. Visit the dentist twice a year. If you ask most patients who are parents, this is what they would say their family’s oral health routine should include. Most parents would also admit that despite their best efforts, getting children to maintain proper oral health can be challenging because of busy schedules. For this reason, dental professionals need to become trusted health resources for their patients and educate them on ways to help establish and maintain good dental hygiene habits, including when on-the-go between brushings and after meals.
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Millions more benefit from fluoridated water
American Dental Association
About 6 million more U.S. residents now are receiving the benefits of fluoridated water, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest water fluoridation statistics from 2012, posted online, show that community water fluoridation is available to 6 million more residents than in 2010.
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Tooth loss could prove to be health disaster
Dentistry Today
A recent study showed tooth loss could be disastrous for a person’s overall health. Researchers from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom determined that participants in a recent study (all of whom suffered tooth loss) had major complications, similar to people who lose a limb. The consequences were so severe that they were life-changing in many cases.
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Building patient relationships (By 2013-2014 ADAA President Lori Paschall, CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, FADAA)
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