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Smile, April is oral health month
Protage Daily Graphic
Get ready to polish up those pearly whites as April is oral health month. The Manitoba Dental Association (MDA) is using this month to bring awareness about the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums for overall general health. "A lot of times when you see your dentist, your dentist isn't just looking for cavities in your mouth, they're also looking for other potential disorders you may have that can be shown through rapidly dividing cell tissue (oral mucosa) or other illnesses such as cancer," said MDA president Dr. Michael Sullivan, who works at Portage Dental Associates.
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Ontario dental health program opens door for 70,000 more kids
Windsor Star
There are thousands of new reasons to smile because more and more dental services are being provided free for children of families in need. Healthy Smiles Ontario program is expanding to cover more low-income families' children. Previously, if families' earned below $21,515, they qualified for coverage. Now, the program takes into consideration how many children are in the family, and adjusts the maximum net income to $33,613 depending on the number of kids.
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Choose the credit card that supports your dental assisting career
CDAA
Odds are, you carry the responsibility for managing the family budget and taking care of all the details to ensure those dollars stretch to the end of the month. You also appreciate that a credit card, when used responsibly, is a helpful, practical, and often necessary financial tool. Credit cards can provide consumer protection against fraud, extend manufacturers’ warranties on goods purchased, and serve to improve your credit score for big-ticket purchases, such as a vehicle. And, of course, life happens: the car needs an unexpected repair, you’re caught without change for a parking meter, or that family trip requires a hotel reservation. You may even find yourself in need of a discount rate on a truck rental, to bring home that gently used furniture you got for a steal.
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April brings opportunity to commemorate several oral health causes
Dentistry IQ
As we commemorate Oral Cancer Awareness Month, take this opportunity to sharpen your skills regarding this deadly disease, its prevention and early detection. Oropharyngeal cancers, those in the back of the mouth and oropharynx, have been on the rise. This has been attributed to increasing rates of infection by the human papilloma virus (HPV). This increased cancer rate is also thought to be due to changes in sexual practices in past decades.
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Dental professionals are important allies against child abuse
Dentistry IQ
Cleaner teeth and better oral health are the obvious benefits of children making regular dental visits. But when some kids sit in the dentist's chair, a more troubling problem than cavities may come to light — physical abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Delta Dental member companies are proud to support their local P.A.N.D.A. programs, and the company salutes dental professionals who participate in the program.
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Study identifies 'new risks' for mouth and throat cancers
BBC
Poor oral health and irregular dental checks can increase the risk of oral cancer, a new study has found. The International Agency for Research on Cancer report also found excessive use of mouthwash — more than three times a day — can also increase risk. Smoking, heavy drinking and "low socio-economic status" are established risk indicators of mouth and throat cancers.
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When connecting with a dentist doesn't mean an office visit
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Inside a South Los Angeles classroom filled with plastic dinosaurs, building blocks, stuffed animals and Dr. Seuss books, Mireya Rodriguez counts Hendryk Vaquero’s teeth and looks for cavities.

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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?

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Don't miss out: Call for blog contributors
Canadian Dental Assistants' Association
CDAA is seeking a qualified pool of 5-10 writers with a background in dental assisting to draft blog articles, monitor them as required once published and respond to visitor comments.

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New gel to promote bone growth on implants used in orthopaedic and dental surgical procedures
Medical News Today
A research group at Uppsala University has developed a new responsive coating for implants used in surgery to improve their integration into bone and to prevent rejection. Neutron scattering experiments at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble have shown how a protein that promotes bone growth binds to this surface and can be released in a controlled way.
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High-tech teeth: Dentistry is going digital
USA Today
Suffer a cracked or broken tooth and your dentist is likely to recommend a crown, a custom-fitted cap to cover it and restore the tooth's shape, strength and appearance. Traditionally that meant having a model of the tooth and surrounding area made using a mold, sending the impression to a dental laboratory to make the crown, having a temporary restoration put in place, waiting a week or more for the finished crown to be sent back to the dentist's office and returning for a second visit where the temporary is removed and the new crown is cemented into place.
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Are you a great boss?
Dentistry IQ
Every boss likes to think they're an inspiration to work for and a pleasure to work with. But the truth is that we don't always get the direct feedback we need, or we don't process it enough to realize if and where our management strategies need improvement. Meanwhile, the indirect feedback we receive (i.e., complaints, high employee turnover, and low morale) often goes unrecognized as the important indicator it is. Not anymore. Below are 5 criteria of a great boss, plus a few tips just in case you want to up your management game (and your practice’s performance). Read through and see how you do!
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