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The flu and you: Timely topic for dental practitioners
American Dental Assistants Association    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Your patient is sneezing and coughing, a team member is "dead tired" and looks flushed. Just how does a dental office deal with a world wide pandemic when it pops up on the personal level so close to home or in this case, at work. The American Dental Assistants Association to the Rescue! Dental health care workers will of course be exposed to 2009 H1N1 and seasonal influenza, so all dental team members have to take the right precautions to avoid illness. This educational home-study course from ADAA and author Nancy Andrews, RDH, will help to do that and more. Click here to view a sample of the course. More

Katherine Carrasco - A dental assistant you should know
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I became interested in dental assisting when I worked as a Red Cross Volunteer at a Navy Dental Clinic in Quantico, Va., way back in 1985. The Navy dental assistant taught me how to "four hand" dental assist and I would volunteer at least 30 hours a week. In 1988, I graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College with an AAS in Dental Hygiene. Almost two years later, I enlisted in the U.S. Army as a dental assistant.

Unhealthy patterns of innate oral bacteria may cause bad breath

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It might not just be poor oral hygiene causing that bad breath say researchers from Japan; unhealthy patterns of bacterial populations inherent to the mouth may also contribute to oral malodor. They report their findings in the May 2010 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Second only to cavities and gum disease, bad breath is a major complaint made by patients visiting the dentist. Poor oral hygiene resulting in bacterial overgrowth is a known cause of bad breath and while treatment with antibacterials generally provides short-term relief, the malodor-causing bacteria quickly return. More



The ADAA Foundation is selling raffle tickets for the 2010 Foundation Fund Raiser. Tickets are $20 or 6 for $100. The Raffle drawing will be held at the ADAA President's Gala in Orlando, Florida., on Oct. 9.

You do not need to be present to win! Find the Raffle entry form on our website at

Stem cells of body lead to tooth regeneration
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People who have lost some or all of their adult teeth typically look to dentures, or more recently, dental implants to bridge the gap between a toothless appearance. But this appearance can have a host of unsettling psycho-social ramifications and a tooth-filled grin that is not without pain and discomfort. Despite being the preferred treatment for missing teeth today, dental implants can fail and have no ability to "remodel" with surrounding jaw bone, which undergoes necessary and unavoidable changes throughout a person’s life. More

Blood, sweat and teeth
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If it is a rite of passage to become your most unattractive self when you first hit adolescence, what would it be like if you added traumatic dental surgery on top? Raina Telgemeier knows because it happened to her, and she tells the story in witty and harrowing detail in her graphic-novel memoir, "Smile." There are comic-style books aimed at older teenagers on every conceivable subject, but "Smile" is unusual. It's a fictionalized memoir (some names and details have been changed), but also the equivalent of a Judy Blume novel: younger readers can turn to it for understanding and comfort. It hits home partly because there is nothing else out there like it. More

New treatment may speed healing after tooth extractions    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tooth extractions can be one of the most dreaded dental experiences many people go through, but a new treatment that is gaining popularity in many dental offices could help reduce the painful after-effects of the surgery. Studies have shown that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments can help speed healing after tooth extraction, making it a less painful process. The treatment helps improve bone density and reduces bleeding, inflammation and swelling after surgery. More

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