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A look at the latest dental assistant salary figures
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It's once again time to see what dental assistants around the country are earning, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a good chance for you to compare your salary with your colleagues in your state and throughout the nation. More

The winners are coming
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Here is a riddle: What has 11 brains, 22 arms and 22 legs, plenty of smiles and jumps up and down? Wait! Before you answer, you may want to know this. Each year, Oral B, in conjunction with the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA,) award 10 scholarships for qualifying students across the county. The ADAA also sponsors one Student Achievement award for an outstanding dental assisting student. More

When and why you should use a liner/base
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In our practice, we have traditionally used resin modified glass ionomer (RMGI) liner/bases for deep cavities and composite procedures, according to Krissy Dail, a dental assistant in Jupiter, Fla. By their nature, RMGI liners are typically fluid materials that can adapt more readily to the internal aspects of a cavity preparation. In the past three years, our practice has become accustomed to using RMGI liner/base products with almost every procedure. As a dental assistant, it’s crucial to know when and why RMGI liner/base products should be used as well as what your role is in placing the product. More

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US Senate bill would boost oral health improvement efforts
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The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations has approved a 2013 fiscal year funding bill that includes several oral health provisions authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) more than two years ago. Funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Oral Health would increase by nearly $4 million. This would enable the agency to bolster state-level oral health improvement efforts, according to the Children's Dental Health Project. An education campaign and a conference to examine prevention measures for early childhood caries, both outlined in the ACA, also would receive funding. More

ADAA is seeking officer trustee nominations
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The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) is currently accepting nominations for its 2012-13 officers. If you would like to nominate someone for an officer position, please email Nancy Rodriguez by June 30. Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged; if you nominate someone else, be sure they are willing to be put on the ballot before submitting their name. More

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CDA encourages parents and children to 'rethink your drink'
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With summer officially here and temperatures going up, the California Dental Association advises parents and children to "rethink your drink" before downing a sugary beverage to quench thirst. While the media often focuses on the risks of obesity and diabetes, it's important to realize that drinking sugar-filled sodas, sports drinks or juices can contribute to tooth decay and dental pain. According to the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, the average American consumes 50 gallons of soda and other sweetened beverages each year. More

Cancer warnings from the dental floss
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Well, nobody would ever think that the banal dental floss might actually contain an ingredient that can help bring about cancerous complications. The fact of the matter is that several years ago, the dental floss has been manufactured using harmless wax. The floss is actually a simple thread, and this was coated in wax to make the floss slide easier between the teeth when you cleanse them. More

More men opting to become dental assistants, hygienists    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When New Jersey dentist Raj Upadya, DMD, decided recently to hire another dental assistant, seven qualified, experienced people applied. Of those seven, he ultimately hired one of the two men who applied. According to Upadya and a growing number of dental professionals, "pink collar" jobs traditionally held by women — such as dental assistants and hygienists — may be a thing of the past. More

Study: Slow-acting local antibiotics can help in periodontitis
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Using a slow-release local antibiotic, while treating periodontitis, improves the condition by reducing inflammation, according to a new study. The research also found that slow acting local antibiotics reduced the signs of periodontitis. These signs included decrease in depth of periodontal pockets and sulcus bleeding after 12 months of use. More

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High schoolers can smile while exploring dental careers at summer camp in Maine
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With the official start of summer, many high school students have shifted gears from school studies 
to summer camp. But not all set their sights on traditional camp activities like swimming, fishing or arts and 
crafts. In fact, 20 teenagers in Maine and New Hampshire have chosen to "open wide" to an innovative and 
interesting alternative. More

Why an annual dental check-up is crucial
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Having that perfect smile with shiny white teeth is something we all wish for. In order to maintain those good looks and attain the required oral hygiene it is imperative to take excellent care of your 32 in-mates. Lack of it can result into infection, gum diseases and other grave problems. More

Tooth-repair options are plentiful
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Composite resin or "white" filling material first became available in the 1970s. These are a mixture of quartz or glass particles of various sizes suspended in a resin matrix. They are packaged as a paste, and when exposed to a bright light, certain photo-initiators are activated, and the material hardens. Unfortunately, the first generation of these materials was fairly soft and wore out well before they should have. Failures and replacements were very common. More

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