The 10 things you said you wish your dentist knew

Whether it's about your salary, hours, or co-workers, we asked you to tell us the things that you'd like to say to your dentist. Here are your top 10.
Leading Off
Why dental assistants should attend DDS Tech Fair
DAD editor Kevin Henry explains why this trade show is different ... and one you won't want to miss. Click to continue
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Women's deadliest killers: Autoimmune diseases
Collectively, autoimmune disease is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in women under 65 and represents more than $100 billion in annual direct health-care costs. Yet, fewer than 13 percent of Americans surveyed in a recent poll could identify an autoimmune disease. Here's what you need to know. Click to continue
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Operatory in a box: Servicing high-anxiety patients
Tina Calloway, CDA, discusses some of the ways you can help patients who don't exactly relish their trips to the dental practice. Click to continue
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E-membership is for dental assistants throughout the world
Angela Swatts, CDA, EFDA, and president of the ADAA, says her organization has a goal to have 10,000 e-members by the end of the year, and the ADAA is confident e-members will find value in their free membership. Click to continue
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Recognition of DANB Credentials
Dental assistants holding the DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) or Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Certification marks often discover that a mix and match approach to recognition works best for overall professional satisfaction. Click to continue
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Clinical Knowledge
Common areas of cross-contamination
Leslie Canham, CDA, RDA, says sometimes in the rush to stay on time, infection-control protocols can be sabotaged by recontamination. Here's how to avoid that problem. Click to continue
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The chairside dental designer
Shannon Pace-Brinker, CDA, examines the world of CAD/CAM technology and how E4D in particular can be of benefit to the dental assistant. Click to continue
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KOMET Korner Q&A with Tina Calloway, CDA
This month, Tina shares her opinion on how you can get back into the industry after being away for a couple of years, how to combat a workflow slowdown, and what to do when you’re asked to perform duties outside your legal responsibilities. Click to continue
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Caries detection in the 21st century
Caries is not as simple to diagnose today as it was decades ago when there were large, bombed out teeth. With the increased use of fluoride, the detection of caries is not as simple as it used to be, says Dr. Martin Jablow. Click to continue
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For the front desk/office manager
How to talk to patients: Solutions to four common mistakes
Marketing expert Fred Joyal hits you with four quick ideas to help your practice grow. Click to continue
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Nine ways to attract new patients from your favorite local companies
Think of your current "ideal" patients. Now think about bringing in more patients from this same "ideal" company. Lonnie Hirsch and Stewart Gandolf, MBA, tell you how. Click to continue
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10 ways an office manager can free up the dentist's time
Written by AADOM's Lorie Streeter for the dentist, this article explains why the office manager is often the unsung hero in the practice. Click to continue
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From the ADIA
Words from the executive director
Lynn Mortilla, executive director of the ADIA, tells you of some exciting news happening in August. Click to continue
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A great night in Richmond for the Sonja Lauren Foundation
Checking their egos and coats at the door, a distinguished group of amazing, caring, humble, and generous people gathered in the name of oral health. Click to continue
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Challenging financial arrangements
In one of her most popular articles from a recent issue of DAD, Teresa Duncan explains that operating within set financial guidelines avoids frustration and awkward conversations about payment. Click to continue
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