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Another look at the 2011 Dental Assisting Digest salary survey
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Salaries are always a hot topic in the world of dental assisting. As we close out 2011, Dental Assisting Digest is preparing to put the finishing touches on its annual salary survey. With that in mind, here's a look at what you and your colleagues have told us so far. As of this writing, 244 of you have given us your thoughts on your salary and other topics. Thanks to those who have contributed your opinions so far. More

Kevin Henry — A great friend to dental assistants
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Thirteen years ago, Kevin Henry was a sports public relations person in Colorado. He had the opportunity to take a position with Penn Well Publishing and move to Oklahoma. Henry, an American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) Foundation member, became the managing editor of "Proofs, Dental Economics" and "Dental Equipment and Materials," which are published by Penn Well. The publishing company had a publication for dental hygiene and all the publications for the dentists and dental trade industry — but not one for the dental assistants. Henry has always been a "big fan" of dental assistants, so nine years ago he started a publication called "The Dental Office". He started talking to dental assistants at dental trade shows and started gathering information on dental assistants and their profession. He now has an online dental assistant newsletter called "Dental Assisting Digest". More

Strategies to support metabolic issues in midlife women
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There are many metabolic issues through a women's life cycle. In midlife and beyond, perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause take center stage. A new report investigates many of the metabolic changes that occur in women beginning in the fourth and fifth decades of their lives. The report reviews a range of metabolic issues including thyroid, adrenal dysregulation, insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity, and metabolism during perimenopause and menopause stages. The author offers several botanical solutions that address some of these issues and their related symptoms. More

Possible solution to dry mouth exists
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There may be a way to aid dry mouth condition. A new battery-powered mouth guard was created to fix this problem. The mouth guard fits over the lower arch of the teeth and enables the production of saliva thanks to little electric shocks. This device is necessary because dry mouth impacts 20 percent of people older than 50. More

New treatments for periodontal disease
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Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease that results from the multifaceted interaction between bacteria found in the microbial biofilm and factors initiated by the host response. The pathogenic bacteria colonize on the tooth surface and in the gingival sulcus. A variety of systemic and local antibiotics and antimicrobial products are used to control the bacterial aspect of the disease; however, the host response is thought to be the most important activity in the breakdown of connective tissue and bone, which are key features of the disease process. More

New Innovative Oral Health Rinse
Sunstar Americas introduces G•U•M PerioShield Oral Health Rinse – a new and innovative aid for the prevention and treatment of gingivitis. Clinically proven proprietary ingredient delmopinol 0.2% has a unique mechanism of action which disrupts current plaque and helps to prevent new build-up by forming a protective shield on the teeth and gums. more

Study: Dried licorice root fights the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease
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Scientists are reporting identification of two substances in licorice — used extensively in Chinese traditional medicine — that kill the major bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss in children and adults. In a study in ACS' Journal of Natural Products, they say that these substances could have a role in treating and preventing tooth decay and gum disease. More

April is 13th annual Oral Cancer Awareness Month
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The Oral Cancer Foundation is encouraging the dental community to get involved in Oral Cancer Awareness Month this April 2012 by offering free oral cancer screenings to the public in an effort to raise awareness of this disease across the U.S. The foundation is asking dental and medical professionals nationwide to act as the first line of defense against oral cancer through the process of early discovery, and to raise public awareness of this cause by opening their doors for at least a half-day, during the month of April, to screen members of their community. More

What does your mouth have to say about your health?
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Cardiologists might not check your teeth and gums, but maybe they should start. Mounting evidence suggests a quick peek in the mouth may reveal a whole lot about your general health. The lips, mouth, teeth and breath can signal medical problems and diseases beyond the plaque, gum disease and gingivitis diagnosed in the dentist's chair. Plaque buildup between teeth due to lax brushing and flossing is very different from plaque that builds up in arteries and causes heart attacks - but the toxins in mouth plaque stimulate a chronic inflammatory response linked to diseases like heart disease. More

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