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Do bib clips pose a cross-contamination risk at the dental clinic?
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Dental instruments are either disposable or meant for multiple patient uses. Multiple-use items include dental mirrors, ultrasonic units, and patient napkin holders (ie, bib chains). These items require sterilization or disinfection procedures to reduce the risk of transmitting infection. Items contacting intact skin only, such as bib chains, have a relatively low risk of transmitting infection, and as such may be subject to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regulations requiring the use of intermediate- or low-level disinfectants. More

Infectious diseases in the oral healthcare environment
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Sizable segments of the American population are at risk for acquiring a wide range of infectious diseases. Behaviors such as injection drug use, certain sexual practices, and sexual promiscuity are routes of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B and C, and numerous other sexually transmitted infections. Transplant recipients and patients receiving cancer chemotherapy and/or immunosuppressive therapy are also at higher risk for developing a variety of infectious diseases. Many Americans are not compliant in receiving recommended vaccinations. 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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What does gum disease have to do with erectile dysfunction?
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How can men avoid gumming up a relationship? They might start by brushing their teeth every day. According to a new study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, men with erectile dysfunction are three times more likely to have gum disease than men who do not have ED. More

Study: Antiseptic products can be contaminated
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Antiseptics are meant to keep bacteria and other pathogens from entering the body through breaks in the skin, but sometimes these products can be contaminated with the very organisms they're supposed to guard against, new research shows. In the Dec. 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration detail recent outbreaks that have occurred in products such as single-use alcohol swabs and pre-surgery antiseptics. 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

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A cranberry a day keeps the dentist away?
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Known to scientists as vaccinium macrocarpan, the cranberry is native to North America. The cranberry has a long history both as food and as medicine. This year the U.S. produced 7.68 million barrels of cranberries. Massachusetts is the largest producer, beating out second place New Jersey by 400 percent. More

New strategy to prevent or halt periodontal disease
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Periodontitis, a form of chronic gum disease that affects nearly half of the U.S. adult population, results when the bacterial community in the mouth becomes unbalanced, leading to inflammation and eventually bone loss. In its most severe form, which affects 8.5 percent of U.S. adults, periodontitis can impact systemic health. More

Chronic dry mouth can bring cavities, gum disease, greater health threats
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We all get that dry feeling in the mouth once in a while. But for some, it could be more than just an inconvenience. It's believed 44 million Americans suffer from the problem. Emergency room nurse Lauren Geeter is always on the move, but a side effect of her acid reflux medication made constant water breaks a part of her routine. "I knew my mouth was dry, but I guess I always had dry mouth and never really thought of it as anything," said Geeter. More

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Smart Christmas gifts for keeping your teeth healthy and protected
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Christmas is just around the corner, and while you are thinking of buying presents for all the members in your family, how about thinking a little bit about offering yourself some healthy gifts? Check out these very smart dental Christmas presents you should make to yourself. More

Pair cash in on golden opportunity, overseas buyers snap up Twinkies
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It costs more than $50 to ship three boxes of Twinkies to Japan. That's according to a Middletown, Md., woman who hopes to turn the demise of Hostess Brands' cream-filled spongecake into a golden paycheck. When Hostess announced in late November that it had failed to reach an agreement with its bakers union and would cease production of its beloved snacks, Maranda Berkley, 29, saw an opportunity to turn a quick profit. More

Email rules to grow your dental practice
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Karen Cortell Reisman 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

How to get used to wearing dentures
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Dentures represent a very popular choice for most people who struggle with missing teeth, mainly because these are also quite an affordable option. However, the greatest majority of the patients have a hard time getting used to wearing these dentures, so read below to find out a few useful tips which will help you adjust to the changes much faster. 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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