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Dec. 28, 2010
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As 2010 comes to a close, the American Dental Assistants Association would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ADAA 24/7, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. The news brief will resume publication Jan. 4, 2011.

Best states to be a dental assistant
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For two consecutive years, Minnesota reigned as the "best state to be a dental assistant." However, the third time was not a charm for the state with 10,000 lakes. Using a new scoring system with new criteria, New Hampshire now holds the top spot in Dental Assisting Digest's annual "best state" survey. Tied for seventh in last year's poll, New Hampshire finished in the top 10 in eight of the 12 categories this year, sending Minnesota to a second-place finish. More

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Painless 'plasma jets' instead of dental drill?
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Plasma jets could offer a painless alternative to dentists' drills, say German researchers. They found that firing low temperature plasma beams at dentin — the fibrous tooth structure beneath the enamel coating — reduced the amount of dental bacteria by up to 10,000-fold. The results suggest that plasma jets could be used to remove infected tissue in tooth cavities, a procedure that currently requires a drill. More

Study shows bacterial contamination associated with home-laundered surgical scrubs
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A study comparing the aerobic bacterial bioburden associated with surgical scrub attire shows significantly greater contamination among home-laundered attire than scrubs laundered by the health care facility, scrubs sent out by the facility to a third-party company for laundering, or single use/disposable scrubs. In fact, home-laundered scrubs cleaned and ready to wear had as much bacteria present as facility-laundered, third-party laundered and single-use scrubs which had been worn for one day. More

Final results of the Dental Assisting Digest salary survey
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When it comes to salaries, dental assistants aren't shy with share their numbers or opinions. This year, 729 dental assistants from around the country were willing to answer a six-question survey from Dental Assisting Digest about their salaries and profession. The following article reveals the results. More

Mark your calendar! Registration opens April 6, 2011

The 2011 ADAA Annual Session will meet in conjunction with the ADA! Join together with leaders in dental practice, research, academics and industry and choose from among more than 260 continuing education courses over four days.

2011 ADA Annual Session Dates:
Scientific Program: Monday, Oct. 10 - Thursday, Oct. 13
World Marketplace Exhibition: Monday, Oct. 10 - Wednesday, Oct. 12

Tray bleaching may improve oral health of elderly,
special-needs patients

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A tooth-bleaching agent may improve the oral health of elderly and special-needs patients, say dentists at the Medical College of Georgia and Western University of Health Sciences. Standard oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing, can be difficult or impossible for patients with mental challenges or impaired manual dexterity. Additionally, when health problems or medications cause xerostomia, or dry mouth, the lack of saliva reduces the mouth's natural protective mechanisms. These problems lead to plaque accumulation, cavities and periodontal disease, and could further impact the patient's health. More

First oral bacteria found linking a mother and her stillborn baby
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Researchers report the first documented link between a mother with pregnancy-associated gum disease to the death of her fetus. The findings are discussed in the February issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. More

The vital role of the dental assistant in case acceptance
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Dental assistants are usually the first point of clinical contact for patients. Greeting them with a welcoming introduction is important for putting patients at ease. Whether it's a handshake, smile, or just a kind word, their first objective is to build trust and help the dentist achieve success in patient care. Dental assistants are the friendly faces that can make or break a patient's experience in an office. They are also key ingredients for a successful patient case acceptance. It's more than just the first contact that impacts patients. Each step of a patient's experience is an opportunity for the dental assistant to connect with that patient and impact his or her treatment decision. More

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New device could put an end to dental phobia
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Scientists in America have developed a new device, which could put an end to dental phobia. The NuCalm device has been specially designed to benefit patients who suffer from dental anxiety and dental phobia. More

30,000-year-old child's teeth shed new light on human evolution
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The teeth of a 30,000-year-old child are shedding new light on the evolution of modern humans, thanks to research from the University of Bristol published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More

FDA tells mouthwash makers to spit out gum disease claims
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If you're in the habit of swirling some brightly colored rinse in your mouth to stave off gum disease, you might want to reconsider. The Food and Drug Administration warned three makers of popular mouthwashes to back off claims the products wash away plaque or promote healthy gums. More

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