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21st century workplace skills for the dental assistant
Dentistry IQ
During Dental Assistants Recognition Week in March, dental assistants celebrated the theme "Dental Assisting – Embracing the Changes of the Profession." It was a great time for dental assistants to consider the tools we will need as our profession moves forward, even if they are tools that may not have been considered very important or relevant to the practice of dental assisting in the past. Workplace skills for dental assistants will require more than clinical applications, and we must start thinking more like business people than employees.
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Treat dental patients as you want to be treated
Dentistry IQ
"You have got to be kidding!" What do you do when you hear the news that you have receding gum disease and need gum grafts? (That is grafts, plural.) The fear that strikes you is not the pain you will have to endure, but the insidious pain that will smack you down in your wallet. That's what hits you like a double whammy. I’ve invested $33,000 in this mouth of mine. This includes two sets of braces, an entire team of experts, and sleeping with orthotics that give me the worst morning breath imaginable. (I can actually knock out my husband if he gets too close.) So why am I sharing this with you, in this very public way? Because, this is a patient care issue. You need to think about how you give bad news to your patients.
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Oral bacteria may cause heart disease
Medical News Today
A University of Florida study shows that the same bacteria that cause gum disease also promotes heart disease - a discovery that could change the way heart disease is diagnosed and treated. Researchers reported their findings at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
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3 common mistakes made when signing dental electronic health records contracts
Dental Practice Management
The dental software revolution is upon us and with it comes "next generation" dental electronic health records and cloud-based solutions. Whether you have an older system and are planning on signing a contract for new software with your existing vendor, or if you’re purchasing new software with a new vendor, chances are that you are not prepared to negotiate your dental EHR contract.
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Dentist appointment 'do's and don'ts' for best results
Medical Xpress
Many dread a trip to the dentist, but there are important things you need to do, and not do, beforehand to have a successful visit. Communicating with your dentist before the visit is often critical.

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Editorial: Ontario must address dental care for low-income kids
Toronto Star
In the war on poverty, proper access to oral health care has always been a losing battle. Unless you have disposable cash or a good benefit plan from work, the high cost of dental care means that good treatment can be out of reach.

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McGill University Faculty of Dentistry Free Annual Summer Dental Clinic
CTV News
The goal of this clinic is to reach out to the medically compromised and intellectually and physically disabled members of the community who do not otherwise have access to dental services.

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Getting to the root of enamel evolution
e! Science News
Along with our big brains and upright posture, thick tooth enamel is one of the features that distinguishes our genus, Homo, from our primate relatives and forebears. A new study, published May in the Journal of Human Evolution, offers insight into how evolution shaped our teeth, one gene at a time. By comparing the human genome with those of five other primate species, a team of geneticists and evolutionary anthropologists at Duke University has identified two segments of DNA where natural selection may have acted to give modern humans their thick enamel.
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Dentists offer personalized tattoos on your teeth
WTVR.com
When you think of getting body art, typically a visit to your dentist doesn't pop into mind. Well now, there is a trend known as tooth tattooing, tooth art or grills. The body part may be a little different, and so is the amount of pain, but the thought behind getting your teeth inked is the same idea.
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Correlation may exist between gagging, dental fear
Dentistry Today
The amount of fear from a dental visit may be higher among people with frequent gagging problems. The information comes from the authors of "Gagging and Its Associations with Dental Care — Related Fear, Fear of Pain, and Beliefs About Treatment." The gagging issues may also cause negative beliefs about dentists and dental treatment.
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Looking to share your expertise?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of CDAA Dental Assistants' Weekly, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of CDAA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Clean before you clean: What's on your toothbrush just might surprise you (Science Daily)
Using an employee file to improve your dental practice (By Jill Nesbitt)
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