Answers to five tough questions

Dental Assisting Digest™ recently asked five experts their opinions on a single question. Read what these experts have to say about the issues of money, value, passion, credentials, and getting along.
Leading off
Hello from Las Vegas and two stories I've been waiting for
DAD Editor Kevin Henry writes this month from Las Vegas at the American Association of Dental Office Managers, extolling the benefits of networking with colleagues through conference attendance. He also tells you what to expect from two articles in this issue that he's been anticipating for a long time. Click to continue
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Final results of the DAD salary survey
Dental assistants from around the country answered six questions from our recent survey about their salaries and profession. Here's what we learned ... Click to continue
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News from DANB's August 2010 Board of Directors Meeting
The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) highlights key board actions taken during its recent meeting. Topics include DANB exam fee and renewal increases, CPR Attestation Statement, details about the Certified Oral Assistant (COPA) Exam, and more. Click to continue
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Greetings from the American Dental Assistants Association!
Natalie Kaweckyj, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, MADAA, BA, offers her views about the many benefits of belonging to the American Dental Assistants Association in her first address to colleagues as the ADAA's newly installed president. Click to continue
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Professional appearance in the workplace
Tija Hunter, EFDA, says she's seen it all when it comes to appearance and dress. She tackles this touchy subject by explaining how personal image can affect your career. Click to continue
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Ask the Expert — Christopher A. Warren from Carestream Health
In this month's article, Christopher Warren from Carestream Health offers tips about how to correct an underexposed radiograph with a special or continuous pattern. Click to continue
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Sedation dentistry: making you more valuable as a team member
Sedation dentistry is growing in popularity. Krista Lewandowski, CDA, EFDA, explains how dental assistants can assist during procedures requiring sedation so that they become even more valuable members of the dental team. Click to continue
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Learn Sarver Heart Center's Continuous Chest Compression CPR
Every three days, more Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest than the number who died in the 9-11 attacks. You can lessen this recurring loss by learning Continuous Chest Compression CPR, a hands-only CPR method that doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. Click to continue
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CAD/CAM and Digital Impressions — 4 CE credits
SPECIAL OFFER: Enter promo code ENLOCT10 in the payment process to receive a 37% discount (final cost $37.17) on this featured CE course from IneedCE.com. HURRY! LIMITED OFFER! Offer expires 10/31/2010. Click to continue
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Clinical knowledge
Conduct your own mock OSHA inspection
If an OSHA inspector showed up unexpectedly, would your office pass an inspection with flying colors, or would there be costly citations? Leslie Canham, CDA, RDA, gives you a checklist to help you prepare your office for an OSHA inspection. Click to continue
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KOMET Korner Q&A with Shari Becker, CDA, RDA, FADAA
This month, Shari talks about the importance of becoming a member of the American Dental Assistants Association, how a dental office can go paperless, and how to get involved in charities. Click to continue
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The oral cancer screening examination: getting patients to say YES
Jonathan A. Bregman, DDS, FAGD, offers a three-step solution to get patients to value and accept the critical oral cancer screening they need. Click to continue
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Oral-systemic link and the impact of probiotics
Jeffrey D. Hillman, DMD, PhD, discusses the link between periodontal disease and a host of systemic problems, as well as the potential positive impact of probiotics on the home oral hygiene regimen. Click to continue
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For the front desk/office manager
Do you speaka my language? Getting your teeth into kids
What's the best way to communicate and engage with teens and tweens about their dental health? Scott Zimmerman, president of TeleVox, says the language of SMS/texting could make the difference between healthy and not-so-healthy smiles. Click to continue
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Dental office manager in Tulsa honored as one of six Patterson Dental scholarship winners
DAD Editor Kevin Henry interviews Mella Glenn of Endodontic Specialists of Tulsa (Okla.), who was recently honored as one of six winners of a scholarship that would send her to Las Vegas for the annual gathering of the American Association of Dental Office Managers. Click to continue
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Reviving your recare system
Hollie Bryant, DA II, shares a new paradigm for reviving your recare system. In this article, she covers three aspects that can be rejuvenated to help you produce more profit, develop more effective relationships, and gain more referrals, all while reducing stress. Click to continue
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From the ADIA
The importance of informed consent
Michelle Kratt explains how important it is to inform patients of all of their treatment options, instead of just the options you feel comfortable doing — especially in today's litigious society. Click to continue
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A conference is more than pearls of wisdom
Vicki L. Garza, RDA, ITC, shares her experiences and the personal growth she has gained from attending continuing-education seminars. Click to continue
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