ADAA 24/7 News Brief
Feb. 14, 2012

Dental assistant careers hold strong even in
a tough economy

Despite the tough economy, dental assistant careers continue their strong growth pattern. It can be a reasonably lucrative career choice for many without the significant time investment required by many other careers. "We are just not seeing the industry slow down," a spokesperson for the Dental Assistant Career Research Center said.More

Oral care before cancer treatment
This is the first of a three-part series addressing various forms of oral health therapy that ideally should be addressed before, during, and after cancer treatment. This segment focuses on oral healthcare needs before the commencement of cancer treatment. More

South Central Area Health Education Center of Montana
Free professional recruitment for oral health professionals

South Central Area Health Education Center of Montana
Recently, the South Central Area Health Education Center of Montana (SC MT AHEC) was sub‐awarded a portion of a federal grant aimed at increasing access to quality oral healthcare across the state of Montana. The funding allows the SC MT AHEC program to be even more valuable in their healthcare workforce efforts, as they will be able to now expand their reach from primary care and allied health disciplines, to the oral health industry. SC MT AHEC will accomplish this task this by expanding its current recruitment and retention programs to include oral health students and professionals.More

Preventing bacteria from falling in with the wrong crowd could help stop gum disease
Stripping some mouth bacteria of their access key to gangs of other pathogenic oral bacteria could help prevent gum disease and tooth loss. The study, published in the journal Microbiology suggests that this bacterial access key could be a drug target for people who are at high risk of developing gum disease.More

The disproportionate impact of oral disease on the elderly
Inside Dentisty
For both obvious and less obvious reasons, oral and dental diseases have a disproportionate effect on the elderly. In addition to years of exposure of the teeth and related structures to microbial assault, their oral cavities will show evidence of wear and tear as a result of normal use (chewing and talking) and destructive oral habits such as bruxism (habitual grinding of the teeth). More

Could teeth hold potential cure?
Your child's tooth could be the key that unlocks new treatments for serious diseases. It may be hard to believe, but research seems to back it up. Colin Helfer's two front teeth look real — but they're actually porcelain crowns. His mother, Michelle Helfer, wants her son to have his very own two front teeth again — and she's banking on a medical breakthrough to make that possible. "It's a gamble, nevertheless, but certainly an investment that will pay off in spades," Michelle Helfer said. The Getzville, N.Y., mother is hoping that stem cells inside her son's wisdom teeth will ensure his future health — and even regrow his knocked out teeth.More

CDC: Fewer smokers go to the dentist
The Associated Press via MSNBC
A new government report finds that smokers have more problems with their teeth than non-smokers and they don't go to the dentist as often. The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent is based on survey responses from more than 16,000 adults. More than a third of smokers said they had three or more dental problems, ranging from stained teeth to jaw pain, toothaches or infected gums. That's more than twice the number of those who never smoked.More

12 keys to scheduling success
Linda Drevenstedt, RDH, MS, is president of Drevenstedt Consulting, LLC. She uses her wit and wisdom to coach, consult, and create courses that assist practices in reaching their potential by developing leadership in each person. In this column, Drevenstedt discusses 12 keys to scheduling success.More

Compendium of continuing education in dentistry
Creating esthetic direct restorations requires dentists to combine artistic creativity with a fundamental knowledge of tooth structure along with selection and use of appropriate composite materials. This involves comprehensive understanding of tooth color, form, and function and the teeth's natural optical properties in order to select the most appropriate replacement materials.More