ADAA 24/7 News Brief
Feb. 12, 2013

Maria Cascio — A dental assistant you should know

Originally, I went to sign up for the radiology program at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, S.C., and was informed that it was several years waiting list to get in, said Maria Cascio, a dental assistant. The advisor informed me that dental assisting had radiology as part of its program. I decided to take it and then may go for radiology later. Well GOD had a perfect plan for me because dental assisting is what I love. Over the 36-plus years, I have been a dental assistant, I have worked for seven dentists.

Being overweight linked to higher risk of gum disease
Impacting approximately one-third of the U.S. population, obesity is a significant health concern for Americans. It's a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer, and now, according to an article published in the January/February 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, it also may be a risk factor for gum disease. More

Dental assisting students compete at SkillsUSA nationals
Dentistry IQ
Hundreds of dental assisting students gathered in Kansas City for a showdown for all the gold. Armed with their dental tools, they represented the top dental assisting students from around the country. When the final buzzer sounded, two students claimed the gold medals, taking home the country’s top honors in their competitions, along with scholarships, prize money, and new tools. More

Modern dentistry for patients with dental phobia's Dental Health Magazine
The key to successfully coping with dental phobia nowadays, is to choose a modern dental office equipped with all the latest standard equipment and an ultra welcoming environment. Plenty of dentists regard dental phobia with utmost seriousness and they know that if their practice offers all the comfort to the patient, the clientele circle will become larger and larger. More

Time to rinse! AI assistant helps clean your teeth
For most of us, brushing our teeth is just a tedious part of the daily grind. But for people with dementia or learning difficulties, such tasks can be difficult. They could soon gain more independence thanks to an AI designed by Christian Peters at Bielefeld University in Germany and his colleagues. More

New method of treating children's tooth decay explored
Dentistry Today
A needleless, drill-free method of treating tooth decay may have been created by a New Zealand college. University of Otago researchers generated this new treatment, called the Hall technique, for the purpose of limiting the anxiety of children when they visit the dentist. There were around 190 children ages 5 through 8 studied to compile the data. About 100 children were treated by using this new method and the others were treated using conventional methods. More

Measuring clinical attachment loss a must for perio patients
It seems there's no escaping the need to assess clinical attachment loss in at least some teeth of patients undergoing periodontal treatment. A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association has confirmed that measuring probing depth alone is unreliable in all but the most severe periodontitis cases for determining whether the disease is progressing or not. More

6 communication tips to improve customer service in your dental practice
Dentistry IQ
Here are six communication tips you can use with your patients that will have a direct effect on customer service in your dental practice, according to Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, RDH, BS, MBA, a professional speaker, writer and consultant to dental practices across the United States.More

Gum disease may have greater impact on AIDS patients
Dentistry Today
Moderate gum disease in an animal model exposed to an AIDS-like condition encountered more viral variants that cause infection and more severe inflammation, according to a new study. Scientists in San Antonio discovered these features may have a worse impact when considering the long-term effects.More

Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of ADAA Online 24/7, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of the dental assisting field, your knowledge lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment. More