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Katie Harstine: A dental assistant you should know
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Congratulations to Katie Harstine who has been elected as the new ADAA Student Trustee for 2012-2013! Katie recently graduated from Citrus College in Glendora, Calf. For more information on how to contact Katie or start a student chapter, contact ADAA Central Office. This article tells more about Harstine.

'More time spent on personal appearance than dental care'
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Nearly half (46 percent) of 18 to 24-year-olds surveyed said they prioritized the time they put into their personal appearance over that of the time they put into their dental care a survey by dental payment plan provider Denplan. Fifty-seven percent admitted they could do a better job of looking after their teeth, with 38 percent prioritising luxury spending, such as hairdressing and clothes, higher than spending on their dental health. More

Preregistration for CDS Midwinter Meeting Learning in the Round now open. Back by Popular Demand! Featuring New Products & New Manufacturers
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FRIDAY FEB. 22, 2012
Session 1: 9 A.M. – Noon
Session 2: 1:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. *Different topics will be covered in each session.
Preregistration ends Feb. 15, 2013.

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2012 Salary Survey results
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The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) 2012 Salary Survey reveals that dental assistants who have earned DANB certification receive a higher salary than non-certified dental assistants and demonstrate high employer loyalty. The findings are consistent with DANB's previous salary surveys, which have been conducted since 2001. DANB surveyed thousands of dental assistants from around the country who hold DANB's CDA certification about salary levels, types of work benefits, job satisfaction and other issues. More

Supportive Ergonomic Assistant Chair

The Assistant chair from BQ Ergonomics is designed to relieve and prevent back problems. Find out for yourself at the ADA/CDA in San Francisco at booth number: 534. Click HERE for more information about the chair. To like us on Facebook click HERE.

In wake of hurricane, ADA president issues email alert to members
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As dentists, our common bond undoubtedly includes deep concern for any communities affected by disasters, including their dentists. Across the country, our hearts certainly go out to all those suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Many dentists were among those in harms’ way from the storm. I'd like to update you on how ADA and our network of state and local dental societies are responding, said Dr. Robert A. Faiella, ADA president. More

ADA Practical Guide to Effective Infection Control available
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The American Dental Association's (ADA) newly revised ADA Practical Guide to Effective Infection Control DVD and workbook is on sale now. The materials are designed to provide guidance to dentists and their staff about infection control and occupational health and safety in the dental office. More

Optim / Cleaner, Faster, Safer, Responsible

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PureLife Dental recently launched the 50-Second Solution, a next-generation surface disinfectant that kills tuberculosis in 50 seconds flat. Officially known as BioSURF, the product is non-toxic, making it safe for use around staff and patients. The 50-Second Solution is available in a 24oz spray and a 5L bottle. MORE
Nationwide Compliance Specialists

If an inspector showed up at your office today, do you know if your facility would be in compliance with all the latest rules and regulations?

John Lennon's molar to help fight oral cancer
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Imagine there's no oral cancer. It isn't hard to do. You may say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one. Those rewritten John Lennon lyrics may be Tony Gedge's new motto. Gedge has made it his life's work to reduce the rates of oral cancer in his native Britain. And now, Gedge has enlisted the former Beatle to help inspire Brits to walk into the dentist and receive a simple, 10-minute-long test for oral cancer. More

Allergy concerns at the dentist
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If you have allergies, whether they're food-related or otherwise, you're no doubt accustomed to exercising caution at parties, the grocery store, restaurants and other places where you might inadvertently purchase or be served something you're allergic to. More

What's hiding behind the smile?
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Dentists are often their patients’ first line of defense and intervention for problems extending beyond the smile. These could involve sleep breathing, eating, and substance-abuse disorders, as well as domestic violence. In some cases, the signs and symptoms are apparent, as in the case of lingual tooth wear and erosion signifying acid reflux or repetitive regurgitation from anorexia or bulimia. The signs could be the soft and almost malleable tooth surfaces and structure often seen concurrent with methamphetamine use (ie, "meth mouth"). More

After Sandy: Heed boil water alerts
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With millions of Americans still coping with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many of the affected areas are under boil water alerts. "Water was and will continue to have a major impact on homes and businesses as a result of this horrible storm, and we want to reinforce the importance of following all safety procedures when it comes to boil water alerts," said OSAP Chairman Leslie Grant, DDS. More

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The 3 most common battles between front office and back office
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Scheduling is a chess game. It takes skill and planning to make just the right moves so that, at the end of the day, you’re not in checkmate with the entire team backing you into a corner, and you wondering what you did that caused total chaos. The schedule is the one thing in the dental practice that affects every team member, but running it properly is often not taken seriously. More

Main symptoms of oral cancer
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The disease can go on for a very long time without symptoms, and then a sudden burst can occur and put your life in danger. Oral cancer can attack the tongue, the palate of your mouth, the lips, the inner cheeks, the throat, the sinuses or the floor of your mouth. More

Pathogens from laser plumes
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In 2003, the "Guidelines for Infection Control in the Dental Health-Care Setting" got our "plumes ruffled," and I don’t mean our feathers. The guidelines reminded us of the new recommended methods of treating patients, of all the risks involved, and to develop protocols to keep everyone safe. As each of us reach for that laser to change someone’s life while delivering state-of-the-art dental care, we need to look closely at the risks, including the plume that arises during treatment. This amazing machine uses light waves that are tissue specific. It can ablate diseased tissue while enhancing the healing of surrounding tissue. More

Tumor growth may be slowed or halted by common food preservative
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Nisin, a common food preservative, may slow or stop squamous cell head and neck cancers, a University of Michigan study found. What makes this particularly good news is that the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization approved nisin as safe for human consumption decades ago, says Yvonne Kapila, the study's principal investigator and professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. More

New and Revised Accreditation Standards

The Commission directed that the proposed revision of the Dental Assisting Standards be distributed to the appropriate communities of interest for review and comment, with comment due Jan. 4, 2013. A copy of the proposed revisions can be found at

Written comments can be directed to or mailed to:
ATTN: Patrice Renfrow, interim manager
Dental Assisting Education
211 East Chicago Avenue, 19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

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