ADAA 24/7 News Brief
Sep. 24, 2013

Hepatitis C case linked to Oklahoma dentist's office
An investigation into an Oklahoma dentist accused of potentially exposing patients to disease confirmed one case of patient-to-patient hepatitis C transmission, health officials said. A total of 89 of W. Scott Harrington's patients tested positive for hepatitis C, but at this point only the one case has been directly tied to his dental practice in suburban Tulsa, officials said. More

American Dental Association statement on infection control in
dental settings

American Dental Association
The American Dental Association is deeply concerned about the first confirmed report of patient to patient transmission of hepatitis C in a dental practice setting linked to improper infection control practices. The ADA wishes to assure the public that patient health and safety are top priorities for the Association. More

Symbols of professional development and membership
Dr. Carolyn Breen, ADAA President
Dental assisting has evolved over the past century from the employment of the first "lady in attendance" to the competent, educated, and qualified dental healthcare professional of the present. Initial steps toward the status held by the dental auxiliary today were taken in 1885. Dr. Edmund Kells was credited for employing the first dental assistant acting as a lady in attendance. By 1900, Kells was working with both chairside and secretarial dental assistants. Since the introduction of these original concepts, specific educational criteria and recommended curricula have been formulated to provide a sound foundation for individuals to assist the responsibility of providing high level dental patient care.More

Coworker's poor performance is strain on entire dental staff
Dentistry !Q
QUESTION: Our dental office hired a student as a dental assistant/receptionist. This employee has worked here for three years. She has been verbally reprimanded SEVERAL times about her job responsibilities, and each time she changes for a few weeks, and then goes back to the same routine of doing half her job. More

Tech revolution in dentistry — Are you ready?
Dental Economics
Dentists are facing an unprecedented number of new "mission critical" clinical and practice-management technologies. These are technologies that must be incorporated for a practice to maintain its health and grow. Practices that do not move forward with these technologies will find themselves shrinking and losing value.More

Office of Civil Rights announces delay on HIPAA requirement for certain clinical laboratories
American Dental Association
The U.S. Office for Civil Rights Sept. 19 issued a statement of delay "until further notice" in enforcement of the HIPAA requirement for certain CLIA and CLIA-exempt laboratories to revise their notices of privacy practices.More

3 social media channels your dental practice can leverage to acquire new patients
Dentistry IQ
For many consumers, including your current and prospective patients, social media has become the go-to resource for making their buying decisions. Consumers are 71 percent more likely to make a purchase based on social media referrals. By cultivating a comprehensive, active, and well-branded online presence, your practice can make the most of these opportunities to acquire new patients and strengthen loyalty with current ones.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

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. 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. More

Manual vs. electric toothbrush
Dental Health Magazine
With so many choices available on the market, more and more people find it difficult to choose between a manual and an electric toothbrush. This article explores the advantages/disadvantages of each.More

California community defeats measure requiring disclosure of mercury
in fillings

Contra Costa Times
A measure that would have required dentists in Berkeley, Calif., to disclose the composition of fillings each time they are recommended went down to defeat at it's City Council meeting. Instead of the mandate proposed by Councilman Jesse Arreguin, the council voted 6-3, with Arreguin and Councilmen Max Anderson and Kriss Worthington opposing, for a measure authored by council members Linda Maio and Laurie Capitelli to "encourage dentists practicing in Berkeley to consider limiting or transitioning away from the use of dental amalgam."More

Tooth sensor accurately detects oral activity
Medical New Today
Whether eating, drinking, talking, coughing, breathing or smoking, our mouths are always in use. Because the mouth is an opening that can yield health information for our body, a team from National Taiwan University created a sensor that embeds within a single tooth.More

Study finds majority of uninsured older adults skip routine dental visits
Inside Dental Assisting
One of the most significant ways to maintain a healthy smile is to visit the dentist on a regular basis. However, according to a new public opinion survey commissioned by Oral Health America, uninsured older adults are skipping these important appointments. The survey shows that only one in ten uninsured older adults visited the dentist in the past six months and over 40 percent have not been to the dentist in more than five years. More