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Laser fluorescence helps quantify fluorosis    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Quantitative laser fluorescence — which noninvasively measures the loss of fluorescence intensity in areas of enamel hypomineralization — could be a useful tool in epidemiological studies designed to quantify fluorosis and distinguish between fluoridated and nonfluoridated populations, according to a new study in BMC Oral Health. The last several decades have seen a decline in the prevalence of dental caries through the use of fluoridated community water supplies and fluoridated oral care products, noted the study authors, from the University of Manchester School of Dentistry, University of Newcastle School of Dental Sciences, and Colgate-Palmolive. 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
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Amalgam fillings warnings Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Amalgam filings used to be the most popular restorative dental treatments, up until it has become more and more obvious and scientifically proven that they represent a hazard to overall health. More

ADA Foundation creates new disaster grant, seeks donations in response to Sandy
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In response to the disaster wrought by Hurricane Sandy in late October, the ADA Foundation has created a new Emergency Disaster Assistance Grant to complement its existing Disaster Assistance Grants Program. The ADAF is also seeking donations in a national campaign to attract funds for its Disaster Assistance Grants Program. More

Supportive Ergonomic Assistant Chair

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How does stress among Americans compare to the stress level felt by dental workers?
Dentistry IQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dental assisting and dental hygiene are two careers that remain dominated by women employees. RDH eVillage, and Dental Assisting Digest, two e-newsletters published by PennWell, annually conduct salary surveys of both assistants and hygienists, encouraging readers to submit comments about their jobs. The comments that readers provide often hint at stress in dentistry's workplaces (an overwhelming understatement, yes?). More

Oral inflammation: The tipping point of healthcare
Dental Economics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
I'm going to let you in on a secret, says Daniel L Sindelar, president of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. We are entering the greatest era of opportunity dentistry has ever seen — the era of health and wellness. 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?

Breastfeeding protects baby against bite problems Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Breastfeeding will help the little one develop a strong immune system able to withstand better infections and viruses. A Brazilian study has brought to light yet another benefit of breastfeeding. Researchers state that mothers who breastfeed their babies for at least up until the baby is 1 year old, will actually help the baby lower the risk for developing serious bite problems later on, around the age of 4. More

Trends in nonsurgical periodontal treatment
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Dentists and dental hygienists have long relied on probing depths, clinical signs of inflammation (eg, bleeding on probing), and the extent and pattern of loss of clinical attachment and bone in their diagnosis of periodontal diseases. They have also offered patients a variety of periodontal services — most commonly, those that are nonsurgical in nature. As advances in the provision of oral healthcare continue to be achieved, new nonsurgical approaches in diagnostics, adjunctive modalities, and self-care techniques may help to arrest and even reverse the destruction of periodontal diseases without surgical intervention. More

'Going green' has cost and care advantages for dentistry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Going green" is not only environmentally friendly, it's also economically savvy for dental practices, according to a presentation at the recent ADA Annual Session in San Francisco. Adopting eco-friendly practices can save dentists thousands of dollars a year, in addition to preserving natural resources. More

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A new approach to posterior restorations
Inside Dental Assisting    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Placing posterior restorations is one of the greater challenges in a dental assistant's daily workload— especially for those assistants who may be new to the procedure. In addition to the manual dexterity required for the posterior, there are also the factors of patient discomfort, and ensuring that surfaces hidden from view have been adequately treated. Even for dental assistants with a wealth of experience, posterior restorations can be time-consuming. More

4 compelling signs you already need to get veneers's Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By definition, a veneer is a thin layer of material placed over the surface of a tooth to improve its appearance and can either be made of composite or dental porcelain. If you are not sure whether you are a good candidate for getting veneers or not, here are some signs that you should definitely get them. More

Cancer survivors with chronic dry mouth benefit from 1st human gene therapy study in human salivary glands
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Gene therapy can be performed safely in the human salivary gland, according to scientists at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health. More

Japanese dentists eye cloud computing for dental records    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Japanese team is proposing that 100 percent of the country's dental records be digitized and stored using cloud computing. This is to ensure that dental records cannot be lost — a problem that has plagued the quest for the identities of victims of last year's tsunami, leaving 600 unidentified. More than half of the area's dental offices and dental divisions in general hospitals were destroyed by the tsunami. 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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