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July 28, 2009
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Who Makes a Good Dental Assistant?
from ADAA
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the dental assistant profession will need a lot of new hands, adding that a 29 percent growth of the field is expected through 2016. Check out a free eight-minute DVD, which outlines the challenges and rewards of dental assisting, in a contemporary, colorful presentation that could help a prospective assistant take a closer look at a field that is not ready to hang out the No Help Wanted sign. More

Stem Cells in Teeth Open New Possibilities for Dental Practices
from Woman Dentist Journal
In research centers, universities, and hospitals around the world, there are remarkable scientific advancements giving families the ability to recover valuable stem cells for use in future regenerative medical applications. With the recent discovery of powerful stem cells within deciduous teeth and third molars, both children and adults now have the opportunity to recover and cryo-preserve their stem cells both noninvasively and affordably, giving dentists the opportunity to be on the frontlines of medicine's most exciting developing field. More

Dentin/Enamel Adhesives: Their Current Status
from Oral Health Journal
Enamel bonding has been routinely and successfully used in dentistry for about thirty years, but reliable dentin bonding has been possible only during the latter half of that period. Dozens of dentin/enamel adhesives are available on the market today. Although the sheer number of materials can be confusing to clinicians, these adhesives can be easily classified by bonding strategy and complexity. More

RAM (Remote Area Medical) Volunteer Form
from ADAA
Remote Area Medical (RAM) is an organization that will be coming to the Los Angeles area, according to Kristy S. Borquez, president of the California Dental Assistants Association. This event will take place Aug. 11 - 18, 2009 from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The purpose of this event is to provide free medical, vision, and dental care for the uninsured, underinsured, unemployed and under-employed persons. RAM is now recruiting dental professionals - general dentists, oral surgeons, pediatric dentists, endodontists, registered dental hygienists, and dental assistants. Click here to participate.

American Association for Dental Research Releases its Statement on Oral Health Care within Health Care Reform
from Medical News Today
The American Association for Dental Research released its policy statement titled "Oral Health Care within Health Care Reform," which focuses on the scientific base of oral health and its associations to other aspects of health. For largely historical reasons, the dental profession has evolved parallel to, but separately from, the medical profession. More

Exa'lence in Impressions
from Oral Health Journal
Impression materials have certainly come a long way since the introduction of "modern" rubber base impression material. Rubber base impression materials were difficult and hard to use and foul-smelling. In the evolutionary course of impression material development we next moved to polyether and vinyl polysiloxane (VPS) materials. These materials were advantageous in that they were fast setting, easy to use, and accurate. More

Diets Bad for the Teeth are Also Bad for the Body
from Science Daily
Dental disease may be a wake-up call that your diet is harming your body. "The five-alarm fire bell of a tooth ache is difficult to ignore," says Dr. Philippe P. Hujoel, professor of dental public health sciences at the University of Washington (UW) School of Dentistry in Seattle. Beyond the immediate distress, dental pain may portend future medical problems. It may be a warning that the high-glycemic diet that led to dental problems in the short term may, in the long term, lead to potentially serious chronic diseases. More

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