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Jul'24

New report explores the critical link between oral health and Alzheimer’s disease

What if you could help your patients preserve their memories and cognitive function? A simple dental checkup could be the key. Learn more about a report linking oral health and the risk of dementia. Kaz Rafia, DDS, MBA, MPH Published July 9, 2024 Imagine if a simple dental checkup could be a key to preserving memories and cognitive function as we age. It sounds almost too good to be true, but a new report points …

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06

Mar'24

5-day isolation for COVID-19 no longer needed, CDC says

Article by Catherine Stoddard, published March 1, 2024 by Fox 13 News Americans who test positive for COVID-19 no longer need to stay in isolation for five days, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday. The health agency changed its longstanding guidance, saying people can return to work or regular activities if their symptoms are mild and improving and they have not had a fever for a day. The change comes at …

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13

Feb'24

Ask a recruiter what questions to prep for

Being prepared can go too far. At least that’s the view of one CEO, Neil Costa of Hirelix, who told CNBC Make It he’s interviewed about 500 people for his company. Costa suggests preparing, however, he’s wary of scripted answers sounding like … scripted answers. So, he suggests having a plan for standard questions like, “Tell me about yourself” and its common cousins. Beyond that, he advises job seekers to not waste energy trying to anticipate every …

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15

Dec'23

Dental assisting trends we saw in 2023

Another new year is on the horizon, and as we head into 2024, the dental assisting landscape continues to evolve. While some challenges have persisted over the last several years, they’ve also paved some new opportunities for dental assistants. Here are some of the trends we saw in 2023 to keep an eye on in the new year. Staff shortages continue Dental practices have faced staffing shortages since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and those challenges continued into …

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Nov'23

The Importance of Touring any Potential School

Touring a school before enrolling in classes is an essential step that cannot be overstated in the pursuit of education. Whether it’s a university, college, or any educational institution, the significance of physically experiencing the campus environment goes far beyond the glossy brochures or virtual tours available online. Firstly, visiting a school in person provides a real sense of the campus atmosphere and culture. It offers an opportunity to soak in the ambiance, observe the …

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22

Nov'23

A Career in the Dental Field

A career in dentistry is a fascinating and rewarding path that offers a multitude of advantages and opportunities. Dental professionals play a pivotal role in maintaining oral health, impacting individuals’ overall well-being and confidence. The field of dentistry encompasses various roles, including dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and specialists, each contributing uniquely to the dental care ecosystem. One of the primary advantages of a career in dentistry is the opportunity to make a tangible difference …

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21

Nov'23

Approach your salary negotiation like a home purchase and you’ll come away with more $$ (and more sanity). Here’s how:

Approach your salary negotiation like a home purchase and you’ll come away with more $$ (and more sanity). Here’s how: In a home purchase… 👉 Both parties (buyer and seller) are EXPECTING a negotiation. 👉 The buyer knows not to offer a number that offends the seller. 👉 Both parties find ways to sweeten the deal without changing the purchase price (home warranty, all cash, fast closing date, etc). 👉 The seller knows not to …

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Sep'23

Dental Radiology: New Recommendations for Patient Lead Shielding

Article by Spring Hatfield, RDH, BSPH – September 18, 2023 Radiographs in dentistry are an important aspect of providing comprehensive patient care. Though many patients balk at the idea of getting radiographs, it’s imperative to acquire them in order to diagnose diseases such as periodontal disease, dental caries, abscesses, and certain lesions of the jaw. One could argue radiographs are one of the most important diagnostic tools we use in dentistry. We now have multiple …

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13

Apr'23

Growth in the Dental Field for Dental Assistants

From 2018 to 2023, dental assistant salaries have increased astronomically. According to Indeed, the jobs requiring an EFDA Certification have increase by 1600.00% since 2018. Dental Assistants with an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) and Dental Radiology Certification earn +7.51% more than the average base salary, which is $19.14 per hour (Dental assistant salary in Florida – indeed 2023). Dental assistants have also seen a bigger job opportunity with dental offices looking to hire more …

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12

Aug'22

Fluoride Remains Key Component of Oral Hygiene Regimens

According to Delta Dental, “While fluoride has taken a hit over the past several years, particularly among individuals desiring a more holistic approach to medical and dental care, it still remains widely used in daily oral health regimens. The recently released 2022 State of America’s Oral Health and Wellness Report, a poll of more than 2,000 Americans conducted by Delta Dental, found that one out of two respondents use fluoride products, and 79% of the …

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03

Aug'22

The safety of alcohol-containing mouthwashes has been demonstrated in clincal studies for decades

According to Listerine Professional, WHEN IT COMES TO SAFETY, THERE ARE IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND ALCOHOL-CONTAINING MOUTHRINSES. Alcoholic Beverages Consumed 1 Excessive consumption is a key factor in carcinogenic risk 1 May contain impurities such as nitrosamines, urethane, and other contaminants1 Alcohol-Containing Mouthrinses Expectorated (not to be swallowed) 1 Total amount of exposure to alcohol during proper use is insignificant compared to exposure received during excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages because mouthwash is expectorated 1 Use highly …

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Jul'22

What to expect with your first job and how to get your dental career off to a great start!

According to Dental Post, Here’s what to expect with your first job and how to get your dental career off to a great start! It’s that time of year again when a new graduating class of dental professionals is embarking on their careers. It’s been a long time since my first job, but I recall how excited I was to start my career. I wanted to impress my new colleagues and show them how seriously …

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18

Jul'22

Is Periodontal Disease Linked to Alzheimers?

According to Tufts Now, “Fusobacterium nucleatum (F. nucleatum) is a common type of bacteria that proliferates in periodontal disease. It affects the gums and jawbone, and if untreated results in unstable teeth and tooth loss. In recent years, F. nucleatum has been linked to conditions ranging from colorectal cancer to premature delivery of babies. Now new research published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience by Tufts University scientists and colleagues suggests a link between F. nucleatum and Alzheimer’s disease. “In this study, our lab …

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