ADAA 24/7 News Brief
Oct. 8, 2013

Solving your financial future means fitting in the pieces
Inside Dental Assisting
The financial future for dental assistants is robust. With a projected growth rate of 31 percent, the profession of dental assisting is one of the fastest growing professions in the country, according the U.S. Department of Labor. Today, 297,200 dental assistants are working in the U.S., and another 91,000 dental assisting jobs are expected to be added by 2020. More

Dental assistant of 22 years starts company that provides care to US National Guard
Dentistry IQ
Kim Coad, CDA, founder and owner of Compass Medical Provider loves her work. Working alongside her husband; her sister, Heather; her two sons, Devin and Drew; and even one son's girlfriend, she calls it a "family affair." More

Study: High-dose statins reduce gum inflammation in heart disease patients
Statins, commonly prescribed medications for lowering cholesterol, also reduced inflammation associated with gum disease in a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study suggests that steps taken to reduce gum disease may also reduce inflammation in the arteries and vice versa. More

Is it a HIPAA violation to email radiographs to other dentists?
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: We get a lot of requests from specialists and other general dentists to email patients' radiographs. When we tell them we can't send them because we're not encrypted, they're not happy and have told us we're taking things too far. What's the right thing to do? More

Study: Pricey dental implants not always necessary
Dental implants are reliable replacements for teeth that are already missing, but they're not always the best choice for diseased teeth, a new study indicates. Instead, attempts to save the tooth with treatment, especially in cases of gum or periodontal disease, should sometimes be tried first, the lead researcher said. And although the study did not address expense, dental implants are not cheap, costing roughly $3,500 for the complete treatment. More

Damaged teeth restoration with porcelain crowns
Dental Health Magazine
The prosthodontist is an extremely important dental specialist, who can transform damaged teeth like through magic. In case of very badly damaged teeth, a porcelain crown can help you restore your smile. The dental crown helps changing the color of your tooth, its functionality and aesthetics in general. More

An office manager's role in preventive dentistry
By Jill Nesbitt
Have you ever heard of the Institute for Oral Health? This organization identifies best practices in oral health and then encourages collaboration between dental insurance companies, physicians, dentists and researchers to benefit the public and the profession. This year's annual conference theme was on preventive dentistry, and I was lucky to attend. From the 200 attendees at the conference, I met only one other dental office manager — so I thought it might be worthwhile to share an office manager's perspective on the future of preventive dentistry.More

New study supports efficacy of desensitizing toothpaste
Dental Tribune International
A study conducted by dental researchers in Taiwan has provided new evidence that toothpaste containing the amino acid arginine and calcium carbonate can contribute to a significant reduction in dentine hypersensitivity. In the study, almost 98 percent of the participants reported reduced hypersensitivity after having used the toothpaste for eight weeks. More

Defining and diagnosing burning mouth syndrome
The Journal of the American Dental Association (subscription)
The authors conducted a study to ascertain participants’ perceptions of and confidence in their responses regarding the definition and diagnosis of burning mouth syndrome. More

Navigating the Affordable Care Act, whose health insurance exchanges begin
The Washington Post
It's time for the Affordable Care Act's first big test. The online health insurance marketplaces — the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's healthcare law — are scheduled to open for business. More

Olympians say poor oral health is impairing performance
Many of the elite sportsmen and women who competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games had poor levels of oral health similar to those experienced by the most disadvantaged populations. More

Dental assistants believe certification issues affect salaries
Dentistry IQ
The spectrum of dental assisting requirements, including certification and on-the-job training, both weigh heavily on dental assistants’ minds as they grapple with being one of dentistry’s lowest paid staff members in the economically challenged year of 2013, according to the results of a Dental Assisting Digest survey. More

FDA issues final mobile medical app guidance
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued its final guidance on mobile health apps, ending a two-year wait for developers. The FDA, which issued a draft guidance in July 2011, said it intends to exercise its enforcement discretion and not regulate apps except for those that present a risk to patients if they do not work as intended. While some industry groups were happy the FDA made good on its promise to release the document before the end of fiscal year 2013, others say the FDA should have waited a little longer.More

Researchers regenerate a fully functional bioengineered salivary gland
The research group led by Professor Takashi Tsuji of Tokyo University of Science and Organ Technologies Inc. has provided a proof-of-concept for bioengineered mature organ replacement as a regenerative therapy. More