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Dental Assisting Occupational Analysis: Nationwide Survey
CDAA
This is a unique opportunity for Canadian Dental Assistants. The National Dental Assisting Examining Board is partnering with the Canadian Dental Assistants’ Association to conduct a national Occupational Analysis of the dental assisting profession in 2014. The purpose of the study is to determine the current practice among Intra-Oral Dental Assistants in Canada. In sum, data will be gathered and used to validate the NDAEB Domain Description (the national entry level standard) which is used in exam development, candidate exam preparation, and curriculum development. CDAA and provincial DA associations will use the data for other purposes related to the profession.

Therefore, a nationwide online survey has been developed with the goal of collecting as much relevant information as possible about the current practices of dental assistants in Canada. Survey questions will ask participants to rate the tasks based on their personal experiences as "frequency of use" and "importance of safe and effective patient care" with the following categories:
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ADA: It's time to recognize dental assistants March 2-8
Dentistry IQ
"Dental Assisting: Embracing the Changes of the Profession" is the theme of the 37th annual Dental Assistant's Recognition Week, March 2-8. Sponsored by the American Dental Assistant's Association (ADAA) and the American Dental Association (ADA), the week is organized to call attention to the contributions of the dental assistant in today's busy practices.
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Kids and cavities: A rotten combo
ABC News
Getting kids to care about oral health can be like pulling teeth. But cavities aren't just painful — they can interfere with learning, speech, eating and play. Roughly one in six American kids has untreated cavities, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And experts say those tiny holes can have major consequences on growth and development.
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Dental fear : A dentist's perspective
Dr. Michael Sinkin
I recently experienced a personal epiphany of sorts regarding the angst, anxiety, if not outright fear of the anticipated pain associated with medical treatment (In my world, this phenomena is commonly known as Dental Fear). This "eureka!" moment of clarity was inspired by pain — my pain — visited upon me (the patient) by a very caring and proficient health professional during still ongoing and regular treatment sessions (every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7 a.m.). Waking up at 5:30 in the morning is difficult enough, but, getting-up knowing that I am rising so early for the express purpose of being tortured (my initial visceral feelings as slumber gives way to consciousness) is not the optimal way to start one's day. And knowing deep down that I am being well cared-for by someone I both like and respect, does not mitigate the dread of what I anticipate.
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New advice: Use fluoride toothpaste on baby teeth
USA Today
Parents should no longer wait until a child turns two to start brushing baby teeth with fluoride toothpaste, the American Dental Association says. Instead, parents should use a rice-grain size smear on a child's first teeth and move up to pea-size blobs once the child reaches age three, the group says in updated guidelines published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.
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