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Dental infection control: Fatigue leads to mistakes
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Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? There are many things in the chain of infection control that we have little power to control. There is one area you can have an impact on — sleep. We create a susceptible host when we deprive ourselves of sleep. Sleep has a direct impact on our immune system and thus our ability to fight off disease. Recent findings have shown that lack of sleep can even contribute to the ineffectiveness of vaccines, the most effective first line of defense against disease. More

ADAA/Hu-Friedy Merit Scholar Award
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Juliette A Southard / ADAA - Hu-Friedy Merit Scholar Award/ Student Achievement Award applications are now being accepted! For more information, visit Deadline for these awards is March 15, 2013, don't delay! More

The link between hormonal changes, gum disease in women
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Periodontal disease is a constantly increasing health complication among adults. However, women seem to be particularly sensitive to developing gum disease complications and side effects. Those women who generally have gum line complications such a gingivitis or mild gum disease, will see their condition worsening at certain life stages during their life, especially when hormonal changes occur. More

Supportive Ergonomic Assistant Chair

The Assistant chair from BQ Ergonomics is designed to relieve and prevent back problems. Find out for yourself at the ADA/CDA in San Francisco at booth number: 534. Click HERE for more information about the chair. To like us on Facebook click HERE.

Dental anesthetic sensitivity facts
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These patients may complain of sweating, heart palpitations, terrible migraines or even shaking (tremor). Now epinephrine is a very important ingredient that helps making the anesthetic more efficient. Imagine this: an anesthetic without epinephrine content can keep you numb for about five to seven minutes, while an anesthetic with epi will keep you numb even for up to an hour. Epinephrine is also important because it has vasoconstrictor properties; that is, it helps stopping the bleeding in soft tissues within the mouth. More

Precious vitamin defends against dental cavities
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Vitamins are extremely important for a proper functioning of the human system. Recently, several studies have pointed out that there is one important vitamin which safeguards against dental cavities. More

New and Revised Accreditation Standards

The Commission directed that the proposed revision of the Dental Assisting Standards be distributed to the appropriate communities of interest for review and comment, with comment due Jan. 4, 2013. A copy of the proposed revisions can be found at

Written comments can be directed to or mailed to:
ATTN: Patrice Renfrow, interim manager
Dental Assisting Education
211 East Chicago Avenue, 19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

The latest toothbrush that's not a toothbrush
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Emmi-dent. It's the toothbrush you're not supposed to brush your teeth with. But that's not to say you shouldn't use it regularly. Like any other toothbrush, Emmi-dent has a head full of bristles. But they're for transmitting ultrasonic impulses from a microchip inside the brush head. More

Apps for dental healthcare
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Although it's easier to reach out to patients as digital tools have become more available, it's also sometimes more frustrating. No longer is it enough to demonstrate brushing or to flip through a chart of proper home care steps. People want more style in their education and more reminders throughout their day. Lucky for everyone, there's usually an app for that. More

Optim / Cleaner, Faster, Safer, Responsible

SciCan’s Optim 33TB cleaner / surface disinfection wipes are rated as an EPA class IV with no safety warning labels. Optim wipes carry more solution and boast a superior environmental & safety profile. Optim has a 1 minute wet contact time with a 5 minute TB claim.
Surface Disinfectant
PureLife Dental recently launched the 50-Second Solution, a next-generation surface disinfectant that kills tuberculosis in 50 seconds flat. Officially known as BioSURF, the product is non-toxic, making it safe for use around staff and patients. The 50-Second Solution is available in a 24oz spray and a 5L bottle. MORE
Nationwide Compliance Specialists

If an inspector showed up at your office today, do you know if your facility would be in compliance with all the latest rules and regulations?

NIH statement on World AIDS Day 2012
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The International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., this past summer energized HIV/AIDS researchers and focused on the potential benefits of broadly implementing scientifically proven HIV prevention and treatment tools. On World AIDS Day, the National Institutes of Health joins with our global partners to maintain this momentum toward a world without AIDS. More

ADA updates dental radiograph recommendations
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The American Dental Association, , in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration, has released updated recommendations for the prescription of dental radiographic examinations. "Dental Radiographic Examinations: Recommendations for Patient Selection and Limiting Raditation Exposure," which was last updated in 2004, should serve in conjunction with dentists' professional judgment on when it's appropriate to use diagnostic imaging. More

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California governor signs dental plan disclosure bill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will place new disclosure requirements on dental plans and insurers when they make material changes to their contracts, rules and procedures. AB 2252, which was sponsored by the California Dental Association (CDA), takes effect Jan. 1 and requires plans to provide written notice to providers within 45 business days of any material changes to a plan's rules, guidelines, policies, and procedures concerning dental provider contracting or coverage of or payment for dental services. More

Encouraging New Year dental care in young patients
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New Year's Day is coming, and many healthcare and dental hygiene professionals are wondering how they can encourage young patients to stay healthy and keep their teeth clean and cavity-free. Parents and dental professionals alike usually convince younger people to do something or not do something in one of two ways. Read about those ways. More

Myth that snuff users have fewer dental caries
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It is a myth that snus (Swedish snuff) users have fewer dental caries. On the contrary, some types of nicotine-free snus contain both carbohydrates and starch that increase the risk of cavities. Those are the findings of a thesis from Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. A common notion is that people who use nicotine-containing snus have fewer cavities. But that notion is a myth. More

Email rules to grow your dental practice
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Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., writes: "Your customers are not swinging on a hammock waiting around for your Internet-clogging MP3 audio file to grace their inboxes. Heed the following if you want to successfully use email to market your practice." More

The ADAA Foundation is now accepting nominations for an ADAA Member to serve as an ADAA Foundation Member Director for 2013‐2016. ADAA Foundation Member Directors attend one Foundation meeting per year and facilitate the ADAA Foundation Silent Auction and other fundraising events at the ADAA Annual Session. Please see the notice concerning the requirements for serving as a Foundation Director and the nomination form for the Foundation Member Director position. It is also available on line at our website: The deadline for submitting your nomination form and commitment to serve is Jan. 7. The term would begin at the February 2013 meeting. Please join your fellow members, states and locals in making a contribution to the ADAA Foundation. The ADAA Foundation is all about you, the dental assistant.

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