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May 25, 2010
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Jacqueline Halverson - A dental assistant you should know!
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Since junior high, I knew that I wanted to be part of the dental profession. After school I would shadow the assistants in my area so that I could become familiar with the happenings in a dental office. After high school, I heavily researched the various dental assisting programs in my state. I decided that Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colo., had the most in-depth program and that they offered the most respected educational dental assisting degree in the state. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout my dental assisting education and was the Class Representative for the dental assisting class of 2010 at my college. More

ADAA participates in Bike Week
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ADAA staff members Nicole Netzel and Michi Trota will represent ADAA during the Chicagoland "Bike to Work Week" June 12-18, 2010, sponsored by the Active Transportation Alliance. Nearly 330 Chicagoland businesses and organizations, including ADAA, the American Dental Association and the American Dental Hygienists Association, have taken up the ATA's challenge to compete for the highest percentage of employees commuting the most miles to work via bicycle for the week. For more information, visit More

Finding rest and recovery
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The Soldier and Family Assistance Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, opened in 2003 to coordinate care for soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and to help their families navigate the military’s healthcare system.  The original intention was for the one–room center to be temporary and close its doors after six months of operation. Seven years later, the facility has been expanded and renamed the Warrior and Family Support Center (WFSC), thanks to the donations of over 5,000 individuals, businesses and foundations. More

Listerine creates a "docummercial" on the importance of good oral health
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Everyone worries about the amount of bacteria on their hands but what we should really be worried about is the bacteria in our mouths! In fact, right now there are billions of bacteria multiplying in your gums, teeth, tongue, everywhere — our mouths are a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive and grow. These bacteria could lead to gingivitis, which if left untreated, could lead to broader health issues like pneumonia, diabetes, and heart disease. As you know, it's so important to begin a good oral health regimen early in life.

That's why Neil Patrick Harris has teamed up with the makers of Listerine to create a "docummercial" on the importance of good oral health, available here: Each time it is viewed online, Listerine will make a donation to the National Children's Oral Health Foundation: America's Toothfairy.

Last chance to get 30 percent off the course 0910: The Flu and You
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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. Last week to get 30 percent off this course, offer ends May 31. More

Sniff of local anesthetic in the dentist's chair could replace the needle
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Modern dentistry has eliminated much of the "ouch!" from getting a shot of local anesthetic. Now a new discovery may replace the needle used to give local anesthetic in the dentist's chair for many procedures. Scientists are reporting evidence that a common local anesthetic, when administered to the nose as nose drops or a nasal spray, travels through the main nerve in the face and collects in high concentrations in the teeth, jaw, and structures of the mouth. More

Stress may lead to gum disease, studies show    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Between sugary foods and insufficient dental hygiene, there are many factors that can contribute to poor dental health. A recent study from Harvard University has found that stress can also be added to that list. A team of researchers from the school reviewed several recent studies that looked at issues of stress and gum disease and found that 57 percent of those works show some level of correlation between the two.  Daily brushing can be one of the most effective ways for individuals to avoid dental health problems, but simply using standard toothpaste may not provide the best results, according to a new study. Researchers looked at the effect of toothpastes containing triclosan copolymer and found that they were better at killing more of the harmful bacteria that exists in the cavities of mouths. More

Oral health initiative
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Oral health is essential to overall general health and well-being, the Department of Health and Human Services said in announcing a multi-agency HHS Oral Health Initiative 2010. "But as Healthy People 2020 national oral health objectives are being finalized, there is growing recognition that many challenges identified 20 years ago have not been adequately addressed," says the initiative posted at the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration website. 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


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