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The American Dental Association Issues Guidelines for a Positive COVID-19 Test

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In order to help dentists manage the health of their team members during the COVID-19 crisis, the American Dental Association (ADA) has created a series of guidelines for dental staff on how to react if they are exposed to a patient who later tests positive for COVID-19 or has a household member test positive. What Are the ADA’s Suggested Actions After a Positive COVID-19 Test? Building on the CDC’s interim guidelines for health professionals during the COVID-19, the ADA has produced a set of procedures specifically for dental practices. The full document can be found on the ADA website, but..

How the Use of A.I Is Changing Dentistry

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The current perception of A.I is one fulled by Hollywood, bringing to mind talking robots and dangerous world-controlling computer intelligence. The reality is far more wide-spread and far less entertaining.    The use of A.I across nearly every sector is on the rise and, in today’s article, we’ll be looking at how it is being used in dentistry and its effect on job roles in the dental field. How Is A.I Used in Dentistry? At first glance, dentistry seems like an unusual sector to embrace artificial intelligence. However, as with most medical fields, dental practices often have to analyze vast..

How to Be Productive Without Burning Out

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Organizing your own time table and making sure you have fulfilled your own responsibilities can be difficult at the best of time. If you’re a dental administrative assistant, responsible for the timetables of several busy dental staff, the pressure is massively multiplied.   Trying to stay as productive as possible while stopping yourself from completely burning out can be a fine line to walk, so, to help out, here are some tips you can you to stay productive without harming yourself in the process. Don’t Overextend Yourself Sometimes, the worst thing we can do is say “Yes, I can do..

How Does Tooth Whitening Work?

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Tooth whitening has become one of the most commonly requested cosmetic dental procedures in the US and, in this article, we’ll be looking at the different types of tooth whitening available on the market, how they work, and what the benefits and drawbacks of tooth whitening are. How Does Tooth Whitening Work? Most tooth whitening systems use peroxide-based bleaching agents to bleach your teeth white. Many over the counter bleaching kits have a lower concentration of peroxide, around 3% to 20%, while in-office bleaching uses solutions that are as strong as 15% to 43% peroxide.   Some tooth whitening kits..

What You Should Consider Before Joining a Dental Administrative Assistant School

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When you are first setting out on the road to becoming a dental administrative assistant, the first major decision you have to make is which school to enroll with for your training. This is an important decision, as the quality of the support that your school provides you with can have a significant impact on how smooth the start of your career is.   So, if you are considering a career as a dental administrative assistant here are some factors to consider when choosing your school. Do They Offer an Externship? An externship is your opportunity to put the skills..

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Northwest’s Dental Administrative Assistant Program

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With the demand for qualified dental administrative assistants on the rise and the dentistry field expected to grow by as much as 23% over the next 10 years, there has never been a better time to qualify a dental administrative assistant.   If you are considering joining the dental field as an indispensable part of any dental office, here are five exciting benefits of choosing to train with Northwest Career College. You Can Learn Online We understand that not everyone has the ability to attend standard campus-based lessons, but we don’t believe that should get in the way of the..

The Rise of Invisible Orthodontics

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An estimated 4.5 million Americans, most of them children and teenagers, wear braces on their teeth, according to the American Association of Orthodontics. About 80 percent of those who currently undergo orthodontic treatment range in age from 6 to 18 years old.   However, the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment is on the rise, with a recent survey showing that 75% of orthodontists have reported an increase in adult private patients.   The survey also shows that the majority of patients are in the 26 to 55 age bracket and most likely to be women, but the number of..

Can VR Help Your Dental Practice?

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It might seem like an odd addition to the dental office, but VR technology in making an impact on how dental procedure is performed and perceived. In this article, we’ll be looking at the potential benefits VR could bring to your practice. Reducing Fear, Pain, and Anxiety During Patients’ Dental Visits Perception, and the human brain’s interpretation of it, is a powerful thing. Trials in the US have indicated that most people associate the common sights of the dental theater with significant levels of pain and stress.   Research into the behavior of children during pulp therapy of primary molars..

Prefabricated Blood Vessels Look to Revolutionize Root Canals

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While the root canal procedure is an effective way of saving a tooth that has become infected or decayed, it can result in the tooth becoming brittle and susceptible to fracture over time. Recent research by OHSU in Portland, Oregon has resulted in a new process that will allow dentists to insert new blood vessels into teeth, saving the tooth while avoiding it degrading due to the lack of a blood supply. A New Method More than 15 million root canals are conducted annually in the United States. Because the current operation involved removing infected dental tissues and replacing them..

Root Canals are Safe and Netflix Agrees

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After being universally condemned by the global dental community and formal letters of complaint from the American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Endodontists (AAE) and American Association of Dental Research (AADR), Netflix has removed the Documentary “Root Cause” which claimed that “root canals cause cancer, heart disease, and other serious chronic illness.” The documentary, made by Australian film-maker Frazer Bailey, made the startling claim that the root canal procedure was the main cause of a variety of different chronic illnesses and that the best way to deal with an injured or infected tooth was simply to remove it, rather..