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What separates a professional in any occupation from a person who has a career?
Jan DeBell, CDA, BS, MS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What separates a professional in any occupation from a person who has a career? I often ask my students this question as they begin their educational journey in dental assisting, says Jan DeBell, a certified dental assistant and instructor at Front Range Community College in Colorado. How would you respond to either my students or me if I asked you this question? The first thing that comes to mind is the desire to continue learning in whatever career/profession one has chosen. It doesn’t matter if you are an accountant; in fact H & R Block advertises that one tax consultant has read ALL 900+ pages of the new tax codes this year, or a hair designer that works at a Paul Mitchell Salon or a dental assistant. Ongoing learning is a must to grow in your career/profession. More

Setting goals for a happy new year from the perspective of a dental assistant
Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Can you believe another year has come and gone? Where did 2012 go? Each year I set goals to grow personally and professionally, writes Tija Hunter, director of the Dental Careers Institute, LLC. Now I'll be the first to admit that I don't always reach those goals, but if I don't make the goals, I don't have anything to reach for. More

Ergonomics … How does dentistry fit you?
Dentistry IQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every 10 seconds, a worker is temporarily or permanently disabled. While it is easy to visualize a carpenter falling off a roof or a farmer getting caught in a combine, the reality is that many work-related injuries occur while the worker is simply sitting in an office chair — or on a dental stool. These injuries may take longer to cause, but the results can be just as devastating. Musculoskeletal disorders (which include repetitive-motion disorders and conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and hand-arm vibration syndrome) are among the most common medical problems, affecting at least 7 percent of the population and accounting for 14 percent of all doctor visits. More

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New HIPAA rules issued
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The American Dental Association is reviewing an omnibus final rule issued Jan. 17, 2013 by the Department of Health and Human Services to extend patient privacy and security protections under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The HIPAA rule is effective March 26, and covered entities, including covered dental practices, will have an additional 180 days, or until Sept. 23, to comply with applicable requirements. More

Column: Treat energy drinks like drugs
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The energy drink business is booming. Sales in the U.S. have hit more than $10 billion, eclipsing categories such as iced tea or sports drinks. About 6 billion energy drinks were consumed nationwide in 2010, and it's estimated that 31 percent of teenagers drink them regularly. But the popularity of energy drinks is leading to serious health consequences. A recent government survey estimated that the number of emergency room visits related to consuming energy drinks doubled nationally in the past four years. More

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Fish oil may benefit periodontitis
EmpowHER    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The link between periodontitis or inflammation of tissue around the teeth and risk for heart problems can be cause for concern. Dr. Alison Coates, a senior lecturer at the University of South Australia, and researchers from the School of Dentistry at the University of Adelaide in Australia have been studying the possible benefits of fish oil for treatment of periodontitis. At one time, bacteria that caused gingivitis was the main focus for researchers for dental and oral health. More

Dental assistant program for military ID-holders aims to provide the foundation for a promising career in healthcare
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The American Red Cross is starting a new Dental Assistant Program in May for dependents of U.S. service members or retired service members. While most dental assistant programs can cost up to $8,000 to complete, this one is practically free, aside from a low administrative fee. The program will consist of two weeks of classroom instruction and 600 hours of chair-side assistance, to be completed by December. More

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US study reveals ethnic disparities in oral healthcare
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Despite an increase in the number of minority children in the recent years, this population has been poorly studied with regard to access to healthcare to date. However, a new study has found that these children experience many disparities in medical and oral healthcare, which persist over time. More

Congress jump starts dental responder legislation
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The U.S. House of Representatives passed and sent to the Senate ADA-backed dental emergency responder legislation. The 395-29 bipartisan vote revives legislation to recognize the importance of dentists and dental facilities to the nation's medical surge capacity without mandating participation by dentists. HR 307 would reauthorize several pandemic medical disaster and emergency response programs. More

Are you attending the Chicago midwinter meeting Feb. 21-23?
ADAA members who bring a non-member to sign up as a new member will be entered in a drawing to win a kindle fire. Check out ADAA Booth #232 at the show and Chicago Dental Assistants Association (CDAA) and Illinois Dental Assistants Association (ILDAA) members a chance for a year's paid membership! If you bring a non-member to the CDAA booth and a non-member signs up as a new member you will be entered into a drawing to win a full year's paid membership Check out CDAA/ILDAA booth 328 at the show!

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Study questions link between tooth development, weaning
DrBicuspid    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The link between tooth development and weaning is not as strong as previous research has suggested, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists studying human evolution have used juvenile primate tooth development as a frame of reference for milestones in early humans. However, the pattern of development from molar eruption to weaning does not fit the fossil record, according to the study authors, from Harvard University. More

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