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Coordination of a prosthodontic case for improved function and esthetics
Inside Dental Assisting    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As healthcare workers, dental assistants continue to acquire knowledge as they encounter new cases and provide hands-on treatment to patients. The following prosthodontic case is an example of a comprehensive treatment plan during which the assistants, as treatment coordinators and clinical assistants, had an extensive opportunity to learn by asking questions of clinicians and technicians, in addition to observation and experience. In this author's experience, proactive communication with lab technicians, clinicians, and other staff not only increases the dental assistant's knowledge, but improves patient care. More

Making general anesthesia an affordable option for pediatric dental care
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For pediatric dental patients who are very young, or have severe anxiety or fear, uncooperative behavior, or physical or mental challenges, general anesthesia may be the best method of treatment. But cost and treatment time create barriers to the best care for these patients. Medicaid and health insurance programs often reimburse such procedures at a very low rate or deny benefits as being medically unnecessary. More

Trends in dental hygiene
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It is well established that dental caries is increasing in prevalence in the adult population. This the result of having one or more risk factors that predispose a patient to caries, which can be potentially debilitating, especially for the population of people who are at a high or extremely high risk for developing new caries. These patients tend to have frequent or severe caries and experience a negative perception of comfort, function, appearance, and perception of biologic health — factors that relate directly to a person’s quality of life. More

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2013: How healthcare will affect you
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There's a lot that will happen in 2013 with respect to healthcare, but the truth of the matter is that most of it will be in preparation for 2014. That's the year the Affordable Care Act really kicks into effect. More

Evidence insufficient to recommend routine antibiotics for joint replacement patients who undergo dental procedures
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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons(AAOS), and the American Dental Association(ADA) found that there is insufficient evidence to recommend the routine use of antibiotics for patients with orthopaedic implants to prevent infections prior to having dental procedures because there is no direct evidence that routine dental procedures cause prosthetic joint infections. More

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Coffee linked to fewer oral cancer deaths
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A large study has found that drinking coffee is associated with a reduced risk of death from oral cancer. Researchers studied 968,432 initially healthy men and women beginning in 1982. All completed questionnaires on health and dietary habits, including amounts of tea and coffee consumed, at the start of the study period. Twenty-six years later, 868 people had died of oral or throat cancer. More

5 reasons why the laser technology is the better way to go in dentistry Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Laser technology is adopted in various fields of study and operation; from printing to eye care, to analytical procedures to even security measures. Laser procedures are diverse and are finding their way into the market today. More

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Perio treatment may lower risk of preterm birth    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new systematic review has found that pregnant women who are at high risk for preterm birth and have periodontal disease may be able to lower their risk by getting scaling and root planing treatment. While previous studies have shown an association between preterm labor and periodontitis in pregnant women, the relationship is still under investigation, and a link has not been clearly established, noted the study authors, from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, and Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. More

The oddest dental stories of 2012
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There's no doubt about it … 2012 was a year to remember. From a Mars rover to a Mayan apocalypse that didn't happen, there were plenty of newsworthy events over the past year. Of course, there was also plenty to talk about in the world of dentistry in 2012 … including some news stories that made us scratch our heads. With that in mind, here are the stories that the editors of chose as the strangest dental-related stories of the year. More

Experts debate whether molars need to go
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Ask most oral surgeons and they'll tell you that you're better off safe than sorry when it comes to wisdom teeth. Have them out early and your risk for long-term problems including infections and decay are low, they say. If you wait and do encounter problems, removal will carry more risks. In recent years, though, there has been some debate about the wisdom of removing wisdom teeth where there is no pressing dental concern. More

Dentistry tops U.S. News & World Report's list of 100 jobs in greatest demand
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We have certain standards when it comes to our work. Pay is just the beginning. We want to be fulfilled. We want job security. We want a chance to establish ourselves. It takes both careful research and preparation to secure any job. U.S. News & World Report's Best Jobs of 2013 can help. This annual ranking bases its selections on the Labor Department's predictions of the occupations that should have the greatest hiring demand from now until the year 2020. More

New and Revised Accreditation Standards

The Commission directed that the proposed revision of the Dental Assisting Standards be distributed to the appropriate communities of interest for review and comment, with comment due Jan. 4, 2013. A copy of the proposed revisions can be found at

Written comments can be directed to or mailed to:
ATTN: Patrice Renfrow, interim manager
Dental Assisting Education
211 East Chicago Avenue, 19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

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