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Happy Holidays!
Greetings to all ADAA members:
As 2013 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 2013. Our regular publication will resume on Wednesday Jan. 7.

Is it a HIPAA violation to email radiographs to other dentists?
Dentistry IQ
From October issue: QUESTION: We get a lot of requests from specialists and other general dentists to email patients' radiographs. When we tell them we can't send them because we're not encrypted, they're not happy and have told us we're taking things too far. What's the right thing to do?
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Firing of attractive dental assistant is legal, Iowa top court rules
CBS News
From July 12: The Iowa Supreme Court stood by its ruling that a dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant because he found her too attractive and worried he would try to start an affair. Coming to the same conclusion as it did in December 2012, the all-male court found that bosses can fire employees they see as threats to their marriages, even if the subordinates have not engaged in flirtatious or other inappropriate behavior.
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Dental assistants believe certification issues affect salaries
Dentistry IQ
From September issue: The spectrum of dental assisting requirements, including certification and on-the-job training, both weigh heavily on dental assistants’ minds as they grapple with being one of dentistry’s lowest paid staff members in the economically challenged year of 2013, according to the results of a Dental Assisting Digest survey. Many assistants tout earning certification from the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. or holding state-specific credentials. They reported that being able to perform expanded functions is the ticket to earning higher salaries.
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The latest dental assistant salary numbers from the US Department of Labor
Dental Assisting Digest via DentistryIQ
From February issue: So how does your salary match up against what other dental assistants around the country are making? The U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics have the answer. Through a very detailed breakdown of salaries in both urban and rural locations throughout the United States, you can see exactly what dental assistants are making everywhere from Los Angeles to the hills of rural West Virginia.
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What makes an excellent dental assistant?
From April issue: In this video, Dr. Gordon Christensen answers questions from readers and offers his answers based on research, dentists' opinions worldwide, and personal observation. In this video, Christensen examines what he believes are the most important characteristics of an excellent dental assistant.
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73 hepatitis C cases now reported in Oklahoma infection scandal
June 7, 2013: Oklahoma health officials now say 73 patients of Tulsa oral surgeon W. Scott Harrington, DMD, have tested positive for hepatitis C. Eight rounds of testing have identified three new cases of hepatitis C, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. In addition, five people have tested positive for hepatitis B and three have tested positive for HIV infections so far.
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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

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
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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Oklahoma bill would create first dental assistant permit in the nation
Tulsa World
From May 31: A bill that would create the first oral surgery dental assistant permit in the country and require all dental assistants in Oklahoma to have permits is awaiting the governor's signature. Senate Bill 684 comes months after Tulsa oral surgeon Dr. W. Scott Harrington was found to be using unsanitary equipment and poor infection-control procedures that could have exposed more than 7,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
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Is flossing really necessary?
From Oct. 3: In this video, LiveScience asks the experts to answer questions about your health. Dentists and experts on dental hygiene where asked: Why should people floss?
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The 3 people in your dental practice you should thank every day
Dental Practice Management
From Oct. 16: To create an atmosphere of true appreciation for both the team and the patient, we say thank you all the time. These are two of the most underused words are one of my keys to outstanding practice management. Think about these main components of your office: The business manager, the dental assistant/hygienist, and the patient. Are you able to work successfully without any of those key people? They are the ones you need to thank each and every day.
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Piercings and tattoos on dental office employees
Dentistry IQ
From May issue: QUESTION: I'm a dental assistant instructor and some of the students entering the program have tattoos on their necks, arms, and hands. They also have face piercings, tongue piercings, and dermal piercings, which are surgically placed piercings in the skin on their face. I coach and try to mentor the students on proper professionalism for the dental office, and I am met with resistance from some of the students. Am I wrong, or have things changed that much during the few years I moved from a dental professional to a dental assistant instructor?
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Dental assistant school recognition: Is it lacking in your office? (Dentistry IQ)
Could poor dental health signal a faltering mind? (HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report )
Building patient relationships (By 2013-2014 ADAA President Lori Paschall, CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, FADAA)
Take charge of your patients' dentinal sensitivity (Inside Dental Assisting)

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