ADAA 24/7 News Brief
May. 19, 2015

It's time to exceed expectations regarding dental office infection control
Well-informed dental healthcare workers understand the importance of protecting themselves from the imminent risk of exposure to, and possible infection from, infectious organisms. In addition to acquiring recommended vaccines, they go to great lengths to guard themselves from exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials by using various recommended personal protective equipment and aseptic techniques during their interactions with patients and other potentially contaminated items and surfaces.More

3 key steps to hiring the right person
Dental Practice Management
You can't afford to let your hiring decisions rest on a leap of faith. Employing a dishonest or unfit individual, especially one who has access to patients' health information, is a prescription for a legal and financial nightmare. The good news is that mastering three critical steps – application, interview and references – can ensure that you hire safely and efficiently, according to Lester S. Rosen, author of "The Safe Hiring Manual."More

Don't become a victim just because you work in a toxic workplace; help to better your dental office
"Toxic workplaces" are a hot topic in business literature. Apparently rightfully so, as negative work environments are growing, both in number and in their reach across multiple business sectors. Employee surveys document the downward spiral of job satisfaction and employee engagement across all types of industries and environments, including dentistry. But a victim mentality is also starting to emerge in the world of work, which probably reflects this growing tendency in our culture at large. The tenor of the message increasingly sounds like, "Woe is me! I work in a toxic workplace," or "You should feel sorry for me because I have a really terrible boss."More

Head, heart and hands
"People often tell me that motivation doesn't last, and I tell them that bathing doesn’t either. That's why I recommend it daily." – Zig Ziglar

Throughout the year, dentists and their teams are constantly looking for opportunities to drive their practices "to the next level." The essential ingredient of achieving this is the teamwork of a cooperative and motivated team. At virtually every program that I attend, doctors ask me, "How do I motivate my team?" or "What can I do to get them to do what I need them to? … I don't understand why they just don’t get it!" More

Deciduous teeth myths, and the effects of parents on childhood oral hygiene
It is popularly believed that because deciduous teeth will be replaced, they do not need care. Some researchers are looking to discover new methods to change these misunderstandings.More

DANB updates state resources for dental assistants
As a dental assistant, there are a number of different paths you can take to expand your career. With all the different possibilities — from earning national Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) certification to pursuing state credentials — you have many options to weigh. As you do so, it's important to keep in mind your state's requirements and available designations.More

Would you tip your dentist?
CNN Money
Don't be surprised if you one day find yourself calculating a tip after a dentist appointment, a check-up at the doctor or a meeting with your accountant.More

Soda and fruit juice are 'biggest culprits in dental erosion'
Medical News Today
Soft drinks are the most significant factor in severity of dental erosion, according to a new study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Dental erosion is when enamel — the hard, protective coating of the tooth — is worn away by exposure to acid. The erosion of the enamel can result in pain — particularly when consuming hot or cold food — as it leaves the sensitive dentine area of the tooth exposed. More