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Dec. 27, 2011
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As 2011 comes to a close, the American Dental Assistants Association would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the dental assisting industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ADAA 24/7, a look at the most-accessed articles from the year. The news brief will resume publication Jan. 3.

Bugs, bibs, and the chain of infection
RDH Magazine (Nov. 15, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The goal of infection prevention protocols is to break the chain of infection. Five components are in this chain of infection, including the presence of a source/reservoir for pathogens that is also present at a level sufficient to cause disease. The source or reservoir can be you, a staff member, or a patient; or it can be an inanimate object. Infection prevention protocols require the use of personal protection equipment that includes appropriate masks, nonsurgical or surgical gloves (procedure dependent), and the use of safety glasses. They also include the use of surface barriers and surface disinfectants that prevent and preclude indirect contact with pathogens. More

Impression taking: Common pitfalls and solutions
Dentistry IQ (Oct. 28, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How many impressions are you retaking? As a dental assistant, I have found that corners are often cut when taking impressions, writes Hollie Bryant, a graduate of Bowman Gray Dental Assisting Program former and clinical instructor and treatment coordinator at the Nash Institute. Looking back at the impressions you have taken over the past few months, have you recognized any solutions that could prevent you from making these mistakes again? Take the extra seconds and get it right the first time. More

Female reproductive hazards in the dental office
Inside Dental Assisting (July/August 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dental professionals may be at risk for exposure to numerous workplace hazards. There are currently no specific standards for dentistry, but rather workplace hazards that may apply to dentistry are addressed to the entire healthcare industry. However, there are numerous different materials, chemicals, and supplies commonly used in the general dentist’s office that are left out of the expansive collection of workplace hazards. More

How musculoskeletal health can impact a dental assistant's
life and work

Inside Dental Assisting (September/October issue)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Assistants face a very different set of ergonomic challenges than dentists and hygienists. Unable to position their knees under the patient, they often cannot freely re-position their chair to different "clock" positions, and must maneuver to accommodate the dentist's positioning, often with an unnatural twisting motion. Combine these issues with poor operatory layout or delivery systems, and it is understandable why assistants report the highest prevalence of low-back pain among the dental team. In addition, assistants commonly experience right-sided neck and shoulder pain, as well as hand and finger pain that is worst in the first and second fingers. If ignored, this pain may result in muscle imbalances, ischemia, nerve compression, or disc degeneration. More

Results of the Dental Assisting Digest bonus and benefits survey
Dentistry IQ ( April 19, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As part of our recent Dental Assisting Digest salary survey, we asked dental assistants from around the country for their opinions on such things as pay scales based on experience, benefits received, and whether or not their practices had bonus systems in place. The results were very interesting. More

New Innovative Oral Health Rinse
Sunstar Americas introduces G•U•M PerioShield Oral Health Rinse – a new and innovative aid for the prevention and treatment of gingivitis. Clinically proven proprietary ingredient delmopinol 0.2% has a unique mechanism of action which disrupts current plaque and helps to prevent new build-up by forming a protective shield on the teeth and gums. more

Phosphor plates: Handling and processing tips
Inside Dental Assisting (September/October 2011 issue)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Phosphor plate imaging is the fastest-growing segment of the dental imaging market. Phosphor plates, also known as PSPs, have several advantages and some disadvantages when compared to dental sensor imaging. On the plus side, the handling and positioning of PSP plates is virtually identical to film, and thus an easy transition for a practice switching from traditional X-ray film. Like film, PSPs are flexible and can be well-tolerated in the posterior regions of the mouth — unlike rigid and bulky sensors. More

Reaching up and reaching out: The extended functions dental assistant
Inside Dental Assisting (March/April 2011 issue)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the beginning, dental assistants were referred to as "ladies in attendance" — in order to make it respectable for a woman patient to visit the dental office unaccompanied. Back in the late 19th century, Dr. Edmund Kell hired the first three dental assistants to assist him with his patient care. However, today the same work is now accomplished with just one highly skilled and trained professional. The dental assistant has proven to be a necessity in the modern dental practice, with ever increasing educational and career opportunities. More

Meth mouth: Inside look at icky problem
CBS News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Methamphetamine makes people high, but chronic meth use also heightens the risk for dental destruction. "Meth mouth" typically involves rampant tooth decay, dry mouth, cracked teeth, and gum disease, and it can rob meth users not only of their smiles but also of their ability to chew. More

Commonly prescribed osteoporosis drug associated with risk of serious jaw disease
ScienceDaily (Feb. 14, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A commonly prescribed osteoporosis drug is associated with a slightly elevated risk of developing the rare, but serious condition, osteonecrosis of the jaw; nonetheless the risk remains extremely low. These findings are published online in the Journal of Dental Research, the official journal of the International and American Associations for Dental Research. Although the findings are provocative, study authors say they should be carefully considered against the large benefit of these drugs to prevent and treat osteoporosis. More

The changing face of dentistry
Dentistry IQ (July 13, 2011)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The baby boomers are nearing their retirement day and not liking it very much. As they retire from dentistry, many of them are grumbling about the next generations: Generation X and Generation Y. You often hear complaints that this new generation is lazy, they have an overwhelming feeling of entitlement, and they don't have the same work ethic that the previous generation had when they began their careers. They wear big goofy shorts, have bad haircuts, and waste too much time on video games, the Internet, bad music, and social networking. Sound familiar? The only problem is that the generation prior to the baby boomers also complained of torn jeans, long hair, bad rock 'n' roll, and laziness with no work ethic. We were at a crossroads then, and we are again now. Although there usually is a gradual evolutionary change from year to year and generation to generation, every so often a large generational gap presents itself. More

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