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Office conflicts … Think about them
Claudia G. Pohl, President of American Dental Assistants Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We all work in an office – some big and some small - and it is a fact of life that when people work together, there will be conflict. So whether it's the dental office, the faculty office at a school or a sales office that we dental assistants call home away from home, we need to be prepared for periodic conflicts and how to handle them. As a business assistant, it may even be in your job description to resolve them. In all cases of conflict … and there are too many to enumerate here … conflicting thoughts and assumptions are usually at the core of the conflict. These thoughts and assumptions often get in the way of positive action and cooperation. Clear-cut lines of communication often help to quash conflict before it starts. More

Should dental assistants use high-speed instruments?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A proposal in Virginia to allow a new category of dental personnel, the dental assistant II, to use high-speed instruments has prompted heated debate among the dental community, with opponents calling it a threat to patient safety. The proposal was put forward by Denice Burnette, CDA, EFDA, the only DAII working in Virginia. It asks that the state permit DAIIs to operate a high-speed rotary instrument in patients' mouths. More

Oral cancer in healthy young women
Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population are non-smokers under the age of 50. The culprit appears to be HPV-16(human papillovirus). HPV-16 is a sexually transmitted virus which the body’s immune system usually clears on it's own. More

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Dental therapists fill a void but dentists question their credentials
ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nearly 17 million U.S. children fail to see a dentist every year, according to the Pew Charitable Trust. Now, a new group of dental professionals, called dental therapists, is hoping to bring them treatment. Dental therapists receive specialized training, including how to perform local anesthetic, cleanings and apply sealants in kids and adults. The hope is that the specialized groups trained in some dental procedures will ease the burden of the growing gap in dental care, particularly for children. More

Discovery of bacteria survival trick opens door to new kinds of therapeutics
Infection Control Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Learning the secrets of how pathogenic bacteria manage to survive in the body of an animal or human may carry great implications for future development of new and better medical treatments. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry have unraveled one important secret of bacterial adaptation. More

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CDC: US oral health improvements mixed    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is once again putting the country's oral health disparities in the spotlight. The report, issued by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, found that while the presence of tooth decay has declined over the last two decades, more than 1-in-5 Americans still suffers from untreated caries. More

Healthy habits can prevent disease
ScienceDaily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Five new studies provide evidence to support simple steps we can take to prevent illness and improve our overall health. In the June issue of The American Journal of Medicine, researchers report on fish consumption to reduce the risk of colon cancer; the effectiveness of hypnotherapy and acupuncture for smoking cessation; regular teeth cleaning to improve cardiovascular health; the effectiveness of primary care physicians in weight loss programs; and the use of low-dose aspirin to reduce cancer risk. More

Many kids on Medicaid don't see dentist
HealthDay News via U.S.News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Only about one-third of U.S. children on Medicaid receives dental care in a single year, and how often these kids see a dentist depends on where they live, a new study finds. In 2007, the prevalence of visits to the dentist ranged from 12 percent in Nevada to 49 percent in Vermont, but didn't reach 50 percent in any state or the District of Columbia, the researchers found. More

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Teeth and food: Eating for dental health    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The impact of food and drink on dental health is frequently under-estimated. Food, and how we eat it, is just as important to good dental health as regular brushing and flossing — the old saying "you are what you eat" has particular resonance for healthy teeth. More

Evidence-based research prompts new approaches to a standard procedure
Inside Dental Assisting    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Coronal polishing is a procedure used to remove stain and plaque from the enamel surfaces of the teeth, after the removal of hard deposits such as calculus from the tooth surfaces. This process requires the use of a dental handpiece, a polishing agent and a rubber cup/brush. More

Dental plans: Why Americans are paying more for less
ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With all the attention paid to affordable healthcare, experts say standard dental coverage has changed little over the last 20 years while leading to greater out-of-pocket costs for consumers. As with the rising costs of overall healthcare, many times only the wealthiest have access to important dental care. More

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