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As 2015 begins, the ADAA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on 2014 and prepare for the year ahead, we would like to provide our readers with a look at the most-read articles from the year.
Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 6.


5 worst things overheard at a dental practice
Dental Practice Management
From Aug. 29: Do the walls have ears? Perhaps eyes? Are you surprised to think that your patients are listening and watching everything you do? That’s a scary thought for some. There are five things I have overheard first-hand at dental practices that have made my toes cringe. Even scarier is the fact that some of them I have heard over and over again. Have you said any of these things or heard a colleague say them?
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How to get rid of the 'slacker' in your dental practice
DentistryIQ
From June 16: You come to work five days a week and work VERY hard. You consider yourself a true professional. But unfortunately, there is one thorn in your side. No matter what you do, this thorn gets under your skin. It frustrates you beyond belief, and you find your blood pressure catapulting until you feel like you’ll blow a gasket. I think you know what I’m talking about – the office slacker.
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Pregnancy and employment in the dental practice
Dentistry IQ
From Dec. 2: Due to the vast number of female employees in the dental field, the issue of employee pregnancy arises frequently. Many dentists fail to abide by federal law in their dealings with pregnant employees because they simply aren’t familiar with the legislation protecting pregnant employees: the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. However, the lack of knowledge surrounding these laws can be costly and can lead dental employers straight into disputes with labor boards.
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The dental assistant's guide to dental equipment maintenance
Dentistry IQ
From April 1: Most dental assistants don’t walk around with a tool belt on their waists, but in many offices when a piece of equipment does not work properly it’s the assistant that often springs to action. In addition to all of the clinical responsibilities they have — from patient care to ordering supplies to administrative responsibilities — equipment maintenance is an important skill for dental assistants. Proper maintenance of dental equipment not only helps alleviate the possibility of sudden problems, but can also help to extend the life of the equipment.
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EPA proposes amalgam separator rule
American Dental Association
From Sept. 26: The Environmental Protection Agency announced proposed amalgam separator standards for dental offices and said it expects to finalize a rule in September 2015. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the proposed rule Sept. 23 and submitted it for publication in the Federal Register, a digest of government regulatory activity.
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Dental industry survey reveals disparity in dental assistant salaries — with infographic
DentistryIQ
From July 23: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a dental assistant is $34,500 per year. However, according to a new DentalPost Survey, the average annual salary for a full-time dental assistant is closer to $27,000, revealing a 20 percent disparity in annual wages. In order to uncover dental industry employment trends and inform potential job seekers on workplace realities, DentalPost, an online and mobile job board for the dental industry, shares the results of its recent salary survey in this "Dental Assistant Salary Stack-Up" infographic.
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Great legs, gross teeth: Endurance runners and tooth decay
The Huffington Post
From Aug. 6: Runners are sexy people. They have a contagious energy, an unusually positive outlook on life, and let's face it -- they look good in their spandex shorts. But, according to dentists and health professionals, runners and other endurance athletes are more prone to tooth decay and dental problems than the rest of the population. Here's what you need to know about runners and tooth decay.
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Cavities are contagious, research shows
ScienceDaily
From Feb. 20: Dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay, is the single most common chronic childhood disease. In fact, it is an infectious disease, new research demonstrates. Mothers with cavities can transmit caries-producing oral bacteria to their babies when they clean pacifiers by sticking them in their own mouths or by sharing spoons. Parents should make their own oral health care a priority in order to help their children stay healthy.
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How long will dental assistant be expected to carry out extra duties?
Dentistry IQ
From March 25: Q: I am a licensed dental assistant in a small solo practice of a brilliant dentist. He had an unfortunate accident in November 2013. After much searching we found two doctors to help out for compensation. The doctor was to return in April 2014 (on the very outside). But he has now asked me to verify the helping doctors’ schedules and ask them to stay on even after our doctor is scheduled to be back because he feels he’s not ready to see patients yet. I do not feel this is in my job description.
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A history of dental assisting certification
Inside Dental Assisting
From January/February Issue: Last year marked the 65th anniversary of national dental assisting certification, which was established by the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) in 1948. Since then, much has changed, as the importance of dental assistants in the delivery of quality oral healthcare has become more evident and the scope of dental assisting duties has increased greatly. Dental assisting provides many opportunities for growth and development.
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