CDAA Dental Assistant Weekly
Feb. 5, 2013

The tales teeth tell
e! Science News
For more than two decades, scientists have relied on studies that linked juvenile primate tooth development with their weaning as a rough proxy for understanding similar developmental landmarks in the evolution of early humans. New research from Harvard, however, is challenging those conclusions by showing that tooth development and weaning aren't as closely related as previously thought.More

More physician assistant programs teaching oral health
Dr. Bicuspid
Oral health has become an important component of a University of Colorado (CU) physician assistant program, reflecting a growing trend toward interdisciplinary collaboration among health professionals. Physician assistants (PAs) are particularly useful for doing oral exams in children, especially for underserved populations and in rural areas, according to Mark Deutchman, MD, a professor in both the medical and dental schools at CU.More

Dental Excellence Awards 2013 winners
Dr. Bicuspid
Congratulations to all the candidates who made it to the final round of the 2013 DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards, along with our thanks to everyone who participated in the nominating and voting processes. All candidates were nominated by members, who then voted in two subsequent rounds to determine the winners.More

Networking to help manage and improve dental careers
In these times of slow economic growth dental professionals and dental job seekers need to take every advantage available to help manage and improve their professional dental careers. says that one way to build a dental career and be ready for whatever happens is to build a solid network of dental professionals you can rely on at all times.More

The Eco-Dentistry Association will hold industry's first Green Dentistry Conference
Medical News Today
The Eco-Dentistry Association announced that it will hold the industry's first dental conference devoted exclusively to high-tech, environmentally sound dental practices. The event will take place May 3 and 4, 2013, at the stunning, eco-friendly Robert Redford Conference Center in Sundance, Utah, part of the Sundance Resort. Continuing Education credits will be available and attendance is limited to the first 100 registrants.More

Team approach improves oral cancer outcomes
Dr .Biscupid
Providence Cancer Center in Portland, OR, is one of a growing number of facilities that is working to improve care for patients with oral cancer and head and neck cancers through a multidisciplinary program that brings together a spectrum of treatment providers. To illustrate the challenges many oral cancer patients face, R. Bryan Bell, MD, DDS, medical director of the Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Program at Providence, described the extreme effects the illness and its treatment had on one of his patients. The woman had undergone surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation for her oral cavity cancer.More

Toorth root formation requires beta-catenin molecule
Medical News Today
Research has suggested that compounds that give colorful fruits their rich hues, especially berries, promote health and might even prevent cancer. But for the first time, scientists have exposed extracts from numerous berries high in those pigments to human saliva to see just what kinds of health-promoting substances are likely to survive and be produced in the mouth.More

Dental Assistant Program provides military ID holders a new outlook
Military Identification card holders will have an opportunity to gain a new skill as a dental assistant as part of the American Red Cross Dental Assistant Program taking place at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, starting in May.More

Important steps in learning to care for the oral health of older adults as they age
Natural Gumption Blog
For families and caregivers, one of the most frustrating populations to deal with can be the oral health of dementia and Alzheimer's patients. Family members of these patients often complain when they are in assisted living facilities, and as health declines, it is something that goes by the wayside.More