ADAA 24/7 News Brief
Sep. 17, 2013

A pathway for enhanced career opportunities for
dental assistants

As dental assistants, you are very special individuals who contribute significantly to the health and welfare of the patients you serve. As you are aware, it is necessary to continue your education as a life long learner and as a dental professional to keep current with new treatment techniques, materials and protocols. Although many states require varying degrees of continuing education credits for credential renewal to help assure best practices and protection of the public, you should also be mindful of the many educational opportunities available to you through completion of academic credit coursework toward advanced degrees. In addition to enhancing your dental expertise through continuing education, many academic credit courses are available on site and via the Internet to enhance your skill set for personal and professional development and to enhance future employment opportunities.More

3 things your dental practice needs to know about the HIPAA Omnibus Rule compliance deadline
Dental Products Report
We are only a couple of weeks away from the next HIPAA compliance deadline. The HIPAA Omnibus Rule took effect March 26, 2013, with a compliance date of Sept. 23. Are you ready? Here are the top three things your dental practice needs to know.More

Help! I can't adjust my chair properly to assist the short dentist
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: Does anyone have this problem? My dentist is very short so he lowers patients all the way down to the ground. I keep adjusting my assistant chair all kinds of ways to see what works for me, and nothing seems to help. More

Patients sue Oklahoma oral surgeon over pathogen exposure
Dr Bicuspid
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against a Tulsa, Okla., oral surgeon accused of exposing thousands of patients to hepatitis and HIV because of contaminated equipment. The lawsuit was filed by seven former patients of W. Scott Harrington, DMD, including five who claim they contracted infectious diseases during treatment at his dental clinics.More

Substance abuse challenges
Many people are faced with the challenges of dealing with a family member or friend struggling with addiction. From alcohol to drugs to other addictive and destructive substances, these challenges can erode at the fabric of one's existence. More

ADA releases landmark report on the changing dental landscape
The American Dental Association has just released a comprehensive, groundbreaking analysis of the dental care sector in a report titled, "A Profession in Transition: Key Forces Reshaping the Dental Landscape." The report summarizes important findings of an environmental scan carried out by the ADA as part of the ADA's 2015-20 Strategic Plan development process. More

How bad gums lead to arthritis
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Scientists at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry report that they have discovered how the bacterium responsible for periodontal disease worsens rheumatoid arthritis. The link between gum disease and RA had previously been established but the new study revealed the specific interplay of the microbiological mechanisms that are involved. More

Tongue chewing
Your patient today is Coy who is an 18 year-old college student. Coy has just finished his first year of college, is home for the summer, and is seeing you for his yearly maintenance appointment. Coy could be considered a healthy, young adult who is athletic and denies alcohol or tobacco use. More

Affordable dentistry: Major decline in America's dental health system
Dental Health Magazine
The American dental health system is seeing a greater decline than ever before. The number of patients without access to minimum dental care is on a continuous rise, and more and people end up in emergency rooms with complex dental health issues. More

How is a team member supposed to know what I need?
Dentistry IQ
How is a team member supposed to know what he or she needs? It comes from learning how to self-diagnose a situation based on the person's level of competence and level of motivation toward the goal, skill, or task.More

Affordable Care Act requires marketplace notice to employees
American Dental Association
For constituent dental societies that have not already acted, it is important to understand that the Affordable Care Act amends the Fair Labor Standards Act by creating a requirement that employers provide a notice to employees informing them of the existence of the newly formed ACA marketplaces along with information on how to contact the marketplace to request assistance in purchasing coverage if employees choose to do so. More

New influenza threats
Dental Economics
Although we are now long past the typical time for outbreaks of seasonal influenza, there have been several reports recently of new influenza viruses that are causing concern for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These influenza viruses, H3N2, and H7N9, are of concern because they can cause serious respiratory illness in humans. More

Aesthetic dentistry may not make you happier
Dentists need the support of health psychologists to enhance patients' satisfaction with their appearance before they embark on aesthetic dental procedures. More