Texting while caring? What you told us

Last month in Dental Assisting Digest, we asked you to give us your thoughts about using social media for social purposes during an appointment with a patient. Here’s what you told us …
Leading off
Thoughts from the open sea: I text, you text, but do we text in the dental practice?
DAD Editor Kevin Henry talks about texting in the dental office and gives you a quick look at what’s coming up in Dental Assisting Digest. Click to continue
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Ask Linda Miles: working past quitting time and pay for attending CE courses
Readers ask Linda Miles two questions this month: Is it fair for an employer to deliberately work past quitting time without asking the team members if they mind? Are other practices’ staff members paid to attend CE courses? Click to continue
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Recognize your excellence
The Dental Assisting National Board recognizes dental assistants for their excellence during Dental Assistants Recognition Week, and suggests ways they can enhance their professionalism throughout the year. Click to continue
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Is that legal for me to do, Doctor?
Claudia Pohl, CDA, RDA, FADAA, BVEd, president of the American Dental Assistants Association, asks if you know what the scope of practice is in your state? Why should you care what it is? You might ask, “What’s the big deal if I just do what the doctor asks me to do? Why should I care what the scope of practice is?” Learn more here. Click to continue
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Leaving drama at the door
Leaving outside issues at the door helps keep emotional baggage at bay. Dr. Sheri Doniger talks about how to focus on the mission of the office rather than on personal issues so you can have a more productive day with less stress. Click to continue
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Building confidence: 5 things your mother should have told you
Have you ever wished the ground would open up and suck you in? You are not alone; you just need to believe in yourself. Lisa Newburger, LISW-S, gives you five tips to help build your confidence and grow personally and professionally. Click to continue
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Are you paid what you’re worth and worth what you’re paid?
Where are you in your career, and what do you want from it? What are you producing and accomplishing at your office? Tina V. Rich, CDA, explains how dental assistants can help increase practice production and their own job satisfaction as well. Click to continue
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A mother’s wish
Tomorrow’s SMILES, a teen program of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s Toothfairy, gives a smile and hope to a teen with a broken smile, daily pain, and no self-confidence. Click to continue
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The iTero optical scanner for use with Invisalign: A descriptive review — 2 CE credits
SPECIAL OFFER: Enter promo code DENLMAR12 in the payment process to receive a 47% discount (regular cost is $49 ... after discount, final cost is $25.97) on this featured CE course from IneedCE.com. HURRY! LIMITED OFFER! Offer expires 3/31/2012. Click to continue
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Clinical knowledge
VIDEO: What is the most effective preventive regimen for patients with high caries activity?
In this video, Dr. Gordon Christensen shares his knowledge about how to treat that 10% of your patient population that has a tough battle with caries. Click to continue
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A protocol for follow-up visits post-implant placement
Dr. Scott Froum, co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, wrote this article about implant maintenance and follow-up care due to the many requests he has received from dental professionals during his lectures. Click to continue
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5 of the hottest tech trends for 2012
Dr. Brad Guyton and Misty Absher Clark of Jameson Management discuss five of the latest trends in technology that dentists and other dental professionals need to know about. Times are changing for the better! Click to continue
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For the front desk/office manager
How to keep your hygiene room booked and productive
If you panic when you look at your hygiene schedule and see holes, relax. Dayna Johnson gives you a step-by-step process to fill these inevitable openings in your hygiene rooms. Click to continue
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A fresh look at the difficult new patient phone call
Kerri Ingwersen offers a solution, including sample conversations, for those patients who try to shop around for their complex care. It all starts with that first difficult new patient phone call. Click to continue
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Smile ... it's contagious!
Office manager Lisa M. Spradley explains how a simple act of kindness can change the whole outlook of your day. Click to continue
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