Because one day of celebration just isn’t enough, we set aside an entire week (March 3-9, 2019) to show our appreciation. Your service to patients gets more important with every passing year as the art and science of dentistry evolves and your role grows in complexity.
That’s why we love the theme chosen this year by the American Dental Assistants Association: “Today’s Dental Assistant — Polished, Poised and Professional.” Are you ever! We thank you for everything you do every single day, from taking X-rays to sterilizing to working with insurance companies and everything in between, all while managing to work chairside too!
However you spend your week, enjoy and make it a great one! And check out the video of our friends at Beaver Dam Dental in Wisconsin talking about why they love their jobs so much. (Hey, come to think of it, it’s a great week to make a video like theirs for your patients!)
If you haven’t already, it’s also a great week to get to know the ADAA. Visit dentalassistant.org.
Preschoolers in one of the first classes Mary Turcan Majewski, EFDA (shown) taught during National Children’s Dental Health Month are now turning 27. Mary, as part of the duo from Watkins Dental Group in Dallas, Pennsylvania, provides dental education in the community. She explained a bit about the 30-minute program she and colleague Jennifer Clarke, […]
Earning a degree is expensive. Total student loan debt in the U.S. today amounts to $1.52 trillion, according to Forbes. With a financial burden weighing on her shoulders, Dr. Malieka Johnson, DDS, is uncomfortably acquainted with the student loan debt struggle — and that’s why she’s putting a stop to it. Dr. Johnson, raised by […]
Integrated Dental Systems (IDS) presents the Smiles for Vets Program, which helps provide critically needed dental care to U.S. veterans who would otherwise go without treatment. Many U.S. veterans live with pain and suffering from infections caused by the lack of proper dental care; U.S. veterans account for 12% of the homeless population nationwide. IDS […]
April delivers a reminder to commit to prevention and self-care: Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s something to be aware of: oral cancer is the sixth deadliest cancer in the world. The treatment of oral cancer often produces major changes in speech, chewing, swallowing and oral health, which in addition to the disease, affects the social […]
Who doesn’t enjoy a dollop of this whipped wonder on a latte or hot chocolate? How about an anxiety-free dental appointment? When prioritizing the importance of nitrous oxide during the current nationwide shortage of this gas, medical and dental clients rise to the top. A recent WashingtonPost.com report offers the skinny as to why “some major manufacturers won’t […]
You may have just missed yesterday’s Taco Friday, but there’s another one on the horizon this spring in Friday Harbor, Washington. Team Taco prepares hundreds of fish tacos each time Team Tooth is on the scene in its dental van. Why? All this goodness was cooked up by one San Juan Island commercial fisherman’s desire to help. Fish for Teeth, created in 2007 […]
Hosted by the California Dental Association Foundation and CDA, the CDA Cares volunteer dental program provided more than $1.9 million in charitable dental services to 2,099 people Oct. 2-3 in Fresno. In addition to providing dental services at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care, CDA Cares educates the public and policymakers about the importance […]
One Indianapolis dentist answered the call “to reach out to those in need, at home and abroad, with a program of essential dental care and life support services that include skills training focused on helping women and children live healthy, purposeful lives. Dr. Esther Ghebremichael founded STAR for a STAR, a not-for-profit entity of Star Dental Clinic, LLC, a dental […]
What would prompt a 56-year-old Anchorage, Alaska native to drive 3,700 miles for a dental visit? According to an Associated Press story by Astrid Galvan, Mark Bolzern had 62,000 reasons: “For Bolzern, seeing a dentist in Los Algodones meant a savings of up to $62,000. He was told the extensive dental work he needed — his teeth […]