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Dental Assistants Week 2014: Your recognition week is from March 2nd to 8th
Canadian Dental Assistants Association
March 2-8, 2014, has been designated by the American Dental Assistants Association, along with the American Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Assistants' Association, as the perfect time to acknowledge and recognize the versatile, multitalented members of your dental team — your Dental Assistants.
Contributing to quality dental care, today’s dental assistants are role models of professional development. Strengthening the entire dental team, they enhance patient satisfaction throughout the world. That's why staffing your office with Registered or Certified Dental Assistants ensures the level of professionalism and service your patients deserve. They are committed to their profession, making them your essential assistants.
Let's celebrate dental assisting and the people who practice it during the annual Dental Assistants Week, from March 2nd to 8th, 2014.
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CDAA Position Statement: Oral Health Delivery in Long Term Care Homes
Canadian Dental Assistants Association
For some time, CDAA has been concerned by issues of access to oral health by vulnerable populations in Canada. We have been particularly vocal on the role that dental assistants can play in helping to address this situation. Recently invited as a partner in the National Oral Health Forum organized by the Canadian Dental Association, CDAA is returning to its role of promoting good public policy and assuring the oral health of Canadians. The Board of Canadian Dental Assistants Association passed a public policy resolution titled Long Term Care Position Statement on January 9, 2014 and its recommendations for the appropriate delivery of oral health care in Long Term Care homes.
The Canadian Dental Assistants Association (CDAA) believes that dental assistants are trained and qualified to maintain and improve the oral health of residents of long-term care (LTC) homes through the provision and assurance of appropriate standards of oral health care.
CDAA group benefits designed to give dental assistants peace of mind
Canadian Dental Assistants Association
All it takes is one health-related event to derail a family's financial stability.
It could be anything. How many of your friends and colleagues visit chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, or orthotics specialists, because of the many hours spent standing beside a dental chair? Dental assisting is repetitive work that can take its toll. These costs, not covered by a provincial health plan, can quickly add up.
Coquitlam man jailed for performing illegal dentistry in his basement
A Coquitlam man who performed illegal dentistry in his basement was sentenced Wednesday to 45 days in jail and ordered to pay $35,000 to the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C.
Vladimir Shapoval appeared in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver after he was found to have breached court orders not to continue providing the services.
The dental college first became aware of Shapoval in 2006 after a client complained about treatment received.
Dentistry on the move: The Countdown has begun
In just a few months, most of McGill's Faculty of Dentistry's operations and units will be gathered under one roof at 2001 McGill College, right across from the Roddick Gates. The Faculty's new clinic will be at the cutting edge of dental education with the latest high-tech simulation technologies, teaching equipment and learning spaces that enable experiential and collaborative learning. The new location will be more easily accessible for patients through public transport, provide easy access to campus for students and staff and will increase the Faculty's ability to fulfill its mission, combining academic excellence and community service.
Bringing oral health to the community
For Marie, a trip to the dentist used to mean one thing: pain.
It had been 10 years since the 74-year-old retiree had visited a dentist.
Marie was raised in a low-income family that couldn’t afford to pay for her appointments. So, in an effort to save money, her childhood procedures were done without anesthetic.
For dental assistants taking on office management duties, continuing education is key
Many Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certificants tell us that they’re taking on more office management responsibilities in the dental office. These duties may include anything from managing the dental office's finances to creating financial reports or recruiting new employees. Other dental assistants, after several years of assisting chairside, are deciding to move to full-time dental practice management positions as the next step in their career path. Dental office management is a dynamic field, and new opportunities — such as group practice administrator, patient coordinator, finance director and others — are available.
The wonderful world of multitasking...that's dental assisting!
When you decide on a career in dentistry, you start with a lot of choices. There's dental assisting or hygiene, maybe dental school, or even dental lab tech. How do you choose? They each have their pros and cons, right?
For those who choose dental assisting, there are even more choices to make — do you want to work clinically as a chairside assistant, or in the front office as a business assistant? The choices continue as you grow in your career, affording the opportunity to work in a specialty practice, or perhaps in the insurance field or as a sales rep, and there's also teaching, which I chose to do. I have never regretted my choice of dental assisting as a career, because there are so many choices! And if you ask any assistant who's been in the field very long, they will tell you that they love dental assisting not just because of the patients, but also because of the variety it provides.
A dental office manager's secrets to success
Dentistry IQ editor Kevin Henry speaks with Dana Moss, who oversees three dental practices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Topics range from the best report to run to which words you should never say to a patient.
New niche for 3-D printers in dentistry
The Times of Israel
Guns may grab the headlines, but 3-D printing has other uses other than producing weapons. One growth area for the technology is digital dentistry, where dentists use 3-D printers to produce models, dentures, braces, and implants, while foregoing the gooey pastes and gels that are traditionally used to make them.
Byproducts from bacteria-causing gum disease incite deadly oral cancer growth
Medical News Today
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have discovered how byproducts in the form of small fatty acids from two bacteria prevalent in gum disease incite the growth of deadly Kaposi's sarcoma-related (KS) lesions and tumors in the mouth.
The discovery could lead to early saliva testing for the bacteria, which, if found, could be treated and monitored for signs of cancer and before it develops into a malignancy, researchers say.
Facts about maintaining dental impants
Many believe that once teeth are replaced with dental implants, they are there for good, and do not need to be cared for. Implants need to be maintained just like regular teeth. While dental implants are not susceptible to decay, they can break down down due to force, chronic inflammation, or infection, and begin to fail. Failure for a dental implant is one that begins to have movement. It is important to care for your dental implants and to continue to see your dentist for regular dental examinations. Below you will find some of the top facts about maintenance of dental implants.
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What every dental assistant needs to know about new patients
Do you wish that you knew the keys to success for connecting with new
patients? Do you ever wonder how you can facilitate the new patient
experience? Here are some tips that every dental assistant needs to
know to "knock it out of the park" with new patients.
Transform your dental team meetings from drab to fab
Have you ever noticed when you attend your team meetings, you tend to sit in the exact same place, with the same agenda, and you discuss the same topics, in the same order every time?
Want fewer problems in your dental office? Try this
No wonder dental teams lose their excitement for team meetings. The best meetings are energizing. They provide a forum for support and learning, and they provoke creative ideas that help transform the office into a model practice. As dental assistants, we tend to underestimate our value to the entire team. Since we play an essential role in the daily operations of the practice, why should it be any different when it comes to team meetings?
Patients who have dental extractions before cardiac surgery are still at risk for poor outcomes
To pull or not to pull? That is a common question when patients have the potentially dangerous combination of abscessed or infected teeth and the need for heart surgery. In such cases, problem teeth often are removed before surgery, to reduce the risk of infections including endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart that can prove deadly. But Mayo Clinic research suggests it may not be as simple as pulling teeth: The study found that roughly 1 in 10 heart surgery patients who had troublesome teeth extracted before surgery died or had adverse outcomes such as a stroke or kidney failure.
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