ADAA Educators Corner

 

News for Dental Assisting Educators Winter/Spring 2014 

ADAA President's Message for Dental Assisting Educators: "Providing Students with Support and Recognition"
Developing Oral Care Products: Imaging and Innovation
Share Your Activities from Dental Assistants Recognition Week 2014
Come See What's New in ADAA Continuing Education



ADAA President's Message for Dental Assisting Educators:
"Providing Students with Support and Recogntion"
by Lori Paschall, CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, FADAA
 
It's hard to believe, but spring is just around the corner and for many of you, the semester is almost halfway over!

As dental assisting educators, you are aware more than most about how important education is to creating a fulfilling and successful career as a dental professional. You share with your students your passion for a field that offers something for everyone: whether your students are interested in business administration, clinical aspects or becoming dental assisting educators themselves. Educators know how time, dedication and the ability to persevere in the face of challenges are key to the successful completion of one's education.

Not only is ADAA dedicated to helping educators support the next generation of dental assistants in their pursuit of education as a means of benefiting one's career path, the association also strives to recognize dental assistants for their hard work and passion.

As your students work toward achieving their goals, ADAA is here to provide additional support for your students through programs such as the ADAA Scholarships and Awards: the Juliette A. Southard Scholarship/Oral-B Scholarship Program, the ADAA Student Achievement Award, and the ADAA/Hu-Friedy Merit Scholarship. These awards honor dental assisting students for their efforts and will assist them in the completion of their education.

I applaud you for all you do as educators to support the ambitions of your students and wish them luck in their applications for these awards and scholarship programs - they deserve to have their hard work and dedication to their chosen field recognized. Dental assisting professionals understand that education is a key component to a successful career. With a solid educational foundation, your students will be able to help others by sharing their knowledge, encouraging better oral health care, and having a positive effect on people's lives.

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Developing Oral Care Products: Imaging and Innovation
based on an interview with Paul Sagel, BSChE

Introduction
The development of innovative oral care products requires the willingness and diligence to think outside the box. The ultimate goals are to produce products that meet a need, succeed in the marketplace and help make a difference in patients’ lives – such as the confidence that a whiter smile gives someone, or the patient who reverses gingivitis with the help of antibacterial dentifrices and superior toothbrushes. Digital imaging is a prime example of such thinking and has become an integral part of product development at Procter & Gamble. 

Space Age Techology: Introducing Digital Imaging
Digital imaging in oral care began with efforts focused on quantifying dental plaque and later on tooth color measurement and eventually on to gingival health assessments. As with many instrumental techniques used today in dentistry, the fundamental technology is usually developed outside the world of oral care. For example, accurate and precise color measurement and the governing mathematics were developed for color matching in the paint industry. Thinking innovatively, it was clear that there was great potential in the oral care research field if this could be adapted. We were looking for technologies that would give us rapid and objective results to improve product development and the time it took to bring new products to dental professionals and the general public.  
 
The internal research at Procter & Gamble on digital imaging was originally conceived as a method to assess the anti-plaque activity of dentifrices and was then later used as a method to assess tooth whitening. Typically, testing for anti-bacterial activity has involved clinical studies and the use of standard plaque and gingivitis indices such as the Turesky index or Löe and Silness Index. These are subjective assessments that involve clinical measurements and judgment, and that often require large sample sizes to assess the potential efficacy of prototype technologies and product designs. Digital imaging is reliable, fast and objective; it allows the research team to efficiently and objectively screen potential products in vivo. Digital imaging also produces a source image that can be analyzed in a variety of ways after the study is complete. (See Figures 1a - digital imaging system, above right, and 1b - digital plaque image, above left) 

Digital Plaque Imaging: The Steps
  1. Disclose teeth with fluorescein
  2. Take digital images of the facial surfaces with standardized UV lighting
  3. Automated (computerized) assignment of pixels (to plaque/tooth/gingivae/background)
  4. Summation of the area of pixels associated with plaque
  5. Summation of the area of pixels associated with teeth and plaque combined
  6. Calculation of the percentage of the summed total area of pixels associated with plaque
Digital Whitening Imaging
Digital imaging was next used to determine the effectiveness of tooth whitening formulations and products. This enabled the research team to rapidly and objectively assess the actual benefits of products. It first provided proof of concept and later clinical proof for the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide formulations contained in a novel and disruptive whitening product that delivered the whitening agent on a thin plastic strip which was applied directly to the teeth (Crest Whitestrips). Imaging also provided the objective comparative whitening results that were needed to prove that this product worked better than many tray-based whitening products.

Conclusion
The research and development team at Procter & Gamble now has extensive experience using digital imaging to assess antibacterial activity and whitening efficacy. This technology is currently used to develop just about every oral care product at Procter & Gamble. It is excellent for research and also makes a great demonstration tool to visually show the efficacy of our products.

Based on an article originally published in Premium Practice Dentistry, November 2013. Reprinted with permission.

Paul Sagle, BSChE, is a Research Fellow in Oral Care at Procter & Gamble, and received the Gordon E. Moore medal from the Society of the Chemical Industry in 2007. His professional interests include oral care research, imaging technologies, methods of accelerating product development, and product design.

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Share Your Activities from Dental Assistants Recognition Week 2014

The Dental Assistant, the official Journal of ADAA, wants to know what you did to celebrate DARW! Simply send in the DARW activities form, found in the DARW kit, as well as any photos (please include captions) of your celebrations. Entries will appear in the Journal before the end of the year. Materials may be emailed to the Editor at mtrota@dentalassistant.org. Thanks for sharing, and we hope you had a wonderful week celebrating the contributions dental assistants make to their dental teams! 

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Come See What's New in ADAA Continuing Education

ADAA has updated 18 courses and added four new courses to its already considerable library of continuing education for dental assistants. New course titles include: Dental Photography; Dental Anatomy: A Review; Hazard Communication and Hazardous Waste in Dentistry; and Influenza Facts and the Healthcare Worker. To learn more, download the ADAA 2014 CE Catalog.

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News for Dental Assisting Educators Fall/Winter 2013 

ADAA President's Message for Dental Assisting Educators: "Recognizing Student Achievement"
Oral-B Deep Sweep: A Novel Power Toothbrush with Triple Zone Cleaning Technology
The Educational Benefits of Association Membership
Helping Students Understand Salaries and Benefits
Are You Ready for Dental Assistants Recognition Week 2014?



ADAA President's Message for Dental Assisting Educators: "Recognizing Student Achievement"
by Lori Paschall, CDA, CPFDA, CRFDA, FADAA

Education is a vital part of creating and maintaining a professional career path for dental assistants. Educators provide an invaluable service by sharing their skills and knowledge with new generations of students preparing to enter the dental assisting field and for that, I salute and thank you all. Through your passion and commitment to your profession, you act as role models and mentors for your students, who in turn will someday pass along what they’ve learned from you to others entering the field.

As you know, maintaining and expanding one’s knowledgebase and education is essential to building a healthy career, but it’s not always easy for students to do so. Many students often work while attending school and are often in need of financial assistance. You also know how important it is for students to receive recognition for their hard work. ADAA has resources to help you help your students with their education so they can go on to successful professional lives. ADAA now offers four scholarship/award programs to help dental assistants further their education:

• The Juliette A. Southard/Oral-B Education Scholarship Program is named for the founder of the American Dental Assistants Association and is underwritten by Oral-B, ADAA and volunteer donations. This program awards scholarships to dental assisting students and dental assistants interested in furthering their education in the field of dental assisting and is available to students who are enrolled in a dental assisting program or applicable courses aimed at furthering a career in dental assisting.

• The ADAA Student Achievement Award is presented to the ADAA Student member who has shown the most outstanding achievement as a dental assisting student. This award is presented annually to one student member at a dental assisting school. Applicants for this award must be current student members of ADAA and enrolled in a dental assisting program.

• The ADAA/Hu-Friedy Merit Scholarship honors dental assisting students who exhibit proficiency in four-handed dentistry and exemplify the critical contribution an educated dental assistant makes to the success of clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and improved office efficiency.

• The ADAA/DANB Scholarship is awarded to dental assistants who demonstrate a strong commitment to career growth and lifelong learning. The scholarship funds may be used for professional activities such as continuing dental education, DANB exams or certification, some expenses associated with ADAA Fellowship or Mastership, or registration for a dental conference, among other possible activities.

Details and applications for these awards and scholarships may be found by clicking the links above. The application deadline for the Juliette A. Southard/Oral-B Scholarship, ADAA Student Achievement Award and ADAA/Hu-Friedy Merit Scholarship is March 15, 2014. The application deadline for the ADAA/DANB Scholarship is August 31, 2014
 
Encourage your students to apply for these awards and scholarships. You know they’ve worked hard and deserve to have their efforts recognized. ADAA is here to help them get the most out of their education.

Thank you for all that you do in helping students find their passion for being dental assisting professionals. Dental assisting is a vocation that requires education and this would not be possible without your dedication to educating the next generation of dental assistants. May you have a wonderful and restful holiday and a Happy New Year!

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Oral-B Deep Sweep: A Novel Power Toothbrush with Triple Zone Cleaning Technology 
Dr. Agnieszka Mielczarek, DDS, PhD, Department of Conservative Dentistry, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland
 
It is well accepted that regular oral hygiene is the key to oral health of patients and the toothbrush remains the centerpiece of it. The goal in toothbrush design typically focuses on providing maximum plaque removal capability while ensuring gentleness to both hard and soft tissues. Design of effective brushes thus requires understanding of oral anatomy, brush cleaning mechanics/tribology and also ergonomic considerations. However, the consideration of brushing techniques and habits preferred by patients is often an overlooked feature in effective brush design.

The development of power toothbrushes in the 1960s represented a key milestone for dentists and patients – with electromechanical energy increasing the number of cleaning strokes that could be applied within a finite period of toothbrushing. In their original designs, power toothbrushes tended to reinforce the brushing patterns of consumers with up and down or side-to-side brushing patterns. Later, more advanced designs were focused quite differently, in fact mimicking cleansing actions associated with professional cleaning.  

The most successful mimicry of professional cleaning in a power brush was developed by Oral-B/Braun with oscillating-rotating technology in the early 1990s. Oscillating-rotating brushing motions simulated the tooth-by-tooth polishing actions that dental professionals use in applying prophylaxis cups in handpieces. In 2011, an independent Cochrane Collaboration report concluded that oscillating-rotating power toothbrushes reduced plaque and gingivitis more effectively than a manual toothbrush in the short and long-term; no other powered designs were consistently superior to manual toothbrushes. This conclusion was derived from their systematic review and meta-analysis of 50 clinical studies involving approximately 4,300 subjects in both short and longer-term trials.

Given their clinical success, patients are continuously encouraged by oral health professionals to consider power options, such as oscillating-rotating toothbrushes, which are difficult to match in terms of cleaning efficiency. However, many adults have still not taken advantage of the effective cleaning potential of power brushes and still use manual brushes. Research shows that these consumers favor the traditional larger size and shape of a manual toothbrush, larger amount of toothpaste applied and the ability to brush several teeth at once. Most importantly, many of these patients still prefer a “back-and-forth” brushing technique.  


Figure 1. New Oral-B Deep Sweep (Image reprinted with permission from American Journal of Dentistry)

Oral-B solved this paradox by the development of Deep Sweep (See Figure 1). This unique multi-directional power toothbrush with triple zone cleaning technology, marketed as Oral-B Deep Sweep, is characterized by its unique, multi-directional movement derived from the three distinct brush zones:

Zone 1:  The power tip for hard-to-reach back teeth
Zone 2:  The manual-like stationary bristles for thorough cleaning directed by the manual action of the user
Zone 3:  The wide sweeping-pulsating bristles for interdental cleaning

Collectively, these brushing zones permit patients to obtain superior plaque cleaning and gingivitis efficacy relative to manual and sonic controls in a platform matching the brush usage patterns preferred by many patients. Published comparative clinical research demonstrates the superior efficacy of the new multi-directional brush in plaque and gingivitis reduction relative to control brushes, even in the hard-to-reach interdental spaces and marginal areas. Patients formerly preferring a manual brush have enthusiastically embraced the novel multi-directional power brush in both consumer and clinical trials.
Visit dentalcare.com for more information on the Oral-B Deep Sweep.

Agnieszka Mielczarek received her medical degree from Medical University of Warsaw in 1985 and a PhD in early caries diagnosis in 2002. She works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Conservative Dentistry Medical University of Warsaw, where she has been since 1992. Her research interests are in oral health promotion, early caries diagnosis/treatment, tooth whitening and oral biofilm. 

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The Educational Benefits of Association Membership 
by Jan DeBell, CDA, MS, ADAA Eleventh District Trustee

What separates a professional in any occupation from a person who has a career? I often ask my students this question as they begin their educational journey in dental assisting. How would you respond to either my students or me if I asked you this question?

The first thing that comes to mind is the desire to continue learning in whatever career/profession one has chosen. It doesn’t matter if you are an accountant, a hair designer or a dental assistant. Ongoing learning is a must to grow in your career/profession.

Where do all of these other professionals find additional continuing educational courses? For many, it is through conferences, workshops and reading professional journals. As dental assistants, we have our own journal, The Dental Assistant, which offers articles that apply to our professional lives. The Journal covers topics such as infection control, new products and new techniques just to name a few on the clinical side, while on the business side there are articles on how to manage difficult collections and how to create a positive work environment for the dental team. The Journal also provides us the opportunity to see how things are different but similar in the armed forces for their dental techs.

In the Journal, there are opportunities to be gained from the use of our educational department that makes all of us aware of new courses that are being offered through the ADAA. These courses are constantly being reviewed, updated and in some instances discontinued so that all members of the ADAA are kept current and knowledgeable in the ever changing areas of dental assisting. These courses also offer the opportunity to meet the strict guidelines for those dental assistants who are working on their fellowship or mastership honors.
 

These courses also have one huge benefit for all members – as a paying member of the ADAA they are free. How many educational opportunities today are free? I strongly recommend taking advantage of all the perks that your membership has to offer and this is one of them.

“There is one thing that connects all the different people who influenced my life. The common thread is that they encouraged me to search and to go beyond what I already knew.” Ed Fitzgerald wrote these words in the book, Mentors, Masters and Mrs. MacGregor, and they are true of a professional dental assistant because we encourage one another to search and to go beyond what we already know by continuing to learn. So see what our courses have to offer you today.

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Helping Students Understand Salaries and Benefits
by Cathy Allen, Dentalworkers.com

My students are graduating and now looking for dental assisting jobs. What is the going dental assisting hourly wage for the city they are searching in?

DentalWorkers.com gets asked this question all of the time. As your students post resumés and view opportunities on DentalWorkers.com, they should also visit our "Dental Salaries" link. Wage questions are answered here. They can search by city/postal code along with the dental assistant job title in order to view the mean wages for their chosen city. As an example, here is a copy of the top five states that have the highest employment levels for dental assisting jobs in the US. You can additionally search city results on DentalWorkers.com.



Having determined an hourly wage for your new dental assistant graduates, remember to include any benefits and perks that could be a part of the job offer. New graduates should be aware that a high hourly wage does not always translate to a fulfilling career. Let your students know that the right package of benefits can be a big factor in determining job satisfaction. 

DentalWorkers.com recommends that your students think outside the box. Have an in-depth conversation with students about which benefits will work best for them and what they consider priorities. There’s a lot to think about. Examples include a public transit pass, insurance, vacation, gym pass, gas card, continuing education, annual bonuses, a sign-on bonus, housing, moving expenses, or profit sharing. Assist your students in being able to recognize good employment practices. They should recognize that if an employer is interested in their priorities they’ve probably found a place where their work will be valued.

DentalWorkers.com provides online employment services with dental job ads and resumés throughout the US and Canada. We target job ads by matching them to worker's resumés by city/state and job title. Get your free 11”x17” student poster sent to your school. Email: mail@dentalworkers.com.
 
Cathy Allen owns DentalWorkers.com, DentalJobs.com, DentalJobs.ca, DentalWorkersClassifieds.com, FindDentalJobs.com and other dental related websites. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Marquette University and music degree from DePaul University. After her 13-year career as a hygienist, entrepreneur, teacher and gig musician, Ms. Allen decided it was time for a change and moved west to sunny Los Angeles. She created DentalWorkers.com, which has been providing online matching services between dental employers and dental workers for the last 13 years. Ms. Allen currently resides in Las Vegas, NV, with her husband, Ward. She can be contacted at cathya@dentalworkers.com.

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Are You Ready for Dental Assistants Recognition Week 2014?

DARW 2014 is March 2-8. Don't forget to download the DARW kit for tips on promoting DARW across social media and in your local communities! A summary of DARW 2013 participants and the official DARW logo and ads in column, partial page and full page sizes are also available for download.

How will you celebrate DARW? ADAA wants to know! Don't forget to share your DARW activities form and photos with ADAA to be included in an issue of The Dental Assistant. Be sure to e-mail them to the Editor at mtrota@adaa1.com.



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News for Dental Assisting Educators                            Winter/Spring 2013
ADAA President's Message for Dental Assisting Educators: "I Am a Dental Assistant!"
Oral-B Deep Sweep: A Novel Power Toothbrush with Triple Zone Cleaning Technology
Meet ADAA's New Student Trustee: Kathryn Harstine, RDA
Educational Benefits of Association Membership
ADAA Student Scholarship and Awards Applications Due Friday, March 15, 2013!
Registration for the 89th ADAA Annual Session in New Orleans, Louisiana, Begins May 1, 2013!
Special New Membership Discount Just for Dental Assisting Educators!
Start a SADAA Chapter at Your School
 

 
ADAA President's Message for Dental Assisting Educators:
"I Am a Dental Assistant!"
By Carolyn Breen, CDA, RDA, RDH, Ed.D, ADAA President 2012-2013
 
From the first “Lady in Waiting” or female attendant in the dental office to the dental assistant of the present, the scope of practice and responsibilities delegated to dental assistants has changed drastically over the years. Depending upon the state in which one is employed, there are a variety of significant intraoral procedures performed by chairside dental assistants on patients on a daily basis under the supervision of the dentist. The functions performed by dental assistants require background knowledge, manual dexterity, coordination and proficiency of multiple significant skills. As educators, you have a primary role in sharing this knowledge with future dental assistants as they prepare to take their place in the profession with their peers.
 
Although delegable functions outlined in state dental practice acts vary, the following is a partial listing of procedures dental assistants routinely perform on patients: preliminary impressions; placement and removal of rubber dams; placement and removal of matrices; placement and removal of archwires and ligatures; placement of amalgam; removal of excess cement; cementation of temporary crowns; removal of sutures; placement of sealants; administration of topical fluoride; placement of topical anesthetics; patient education; and placement and removal of periodontal and surgical dressings. 
 
Some states also allow dental assistants to perform coronal polish, radiographic exposures and placement of permanent restorations. Many states also require specific education and credentialing to legally perform the expanded functions referenced. These and other notable services provided by the dental assistant contribute directly to the oral health of the public.  
 
All too often, when asked our “title,” we automatically respond by saying “I am only a dental assistant.” As critical members of the dental workforce, we need to carefully examine the breadth of our role in patient care, value that we add to the dental team and, most importantly, the contributions we make to the health and welfare of the patients who come under our care. As educators, we need to instill in our students a sense of pride and accomplishment regarding our role on the dental team.
 
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Oral-B Deep Sweep: A Novel Power Toothbrush with Triple Zone Cleaning Technology 
by Dr. Agnieszka Mielczarek, DDS, PhD, 
Department of Conservative Dentistry, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland
 
It is well accepted that regular oral hygiene is the key to oral health of patients and the toothbrush remains the centerpiece of it. The goal in toothbrush design typically focuses on providing maximum plaque removal capability while ensuring gentleness to both hard and soft tissues. Design of effective brushes thus requires understanding of oral anatomy, brush cleaning mechanics/tribology and also ergonomic considerations. However, the consideration of brushing techniques and habits preferred by patients is often an overlooked feature in effective brush design.
 
The development of power toothbrushes in the 1960s represented a key milestone for dentists and patients – with electromechanical energy increasing the number of cleaning strokes that could be applied within a finite period of toothbrushing. In their original designs, power toothbrushes tended to reinforce the brushing patterns of consumers with up and down or side-to-side brushing patterns. Later, more advanced designs were focused quite differently, in fact mimicking cleansing actions associated with professional cleaning.  
 
The most successful mimicry of professional cleaning in a power brush was developed by Oral-B/Braun with oscillating-rotating technology in the early 1990s. Oscillating-rotating brushing motions simulated the tooth-by-tooth polishing actions that dental professionals use in applying prophylaxis cups in handpieces. In 2011, an independent Cochrane Collaboration report concluded that oscillating-rotating power toothbrushes reduced plaque and gingivitis more effectively than a manual toothbrush in the short and long-term; no other powered designs were consistently superior to manual toothbrushes.2 This conclusion was derived from their systematic review and meta-analysis of 50 clinical studies involving approximately 4,300 subjects in both short and longer-term trials.
 
Oral-B solved this paradox by the development of Deep Sweep (See Figure 1, right*). This unique multi-directional power toothbrush with triple zone cleaning technology, marketed as Oral-B Deep Sweep, is characterized by its unique, multi-directional movement derived from the three distinct brush zones:
 
Zone 1:  The power tip for hard-to-reach back teeth
Zone 2:  The manual-like stationary bristles for thorough cleaning directed by the manual action of the user
Zone 3:  The wide sweeping-pulsating bristles for interdental cleaning
 
Collectively, these brushing zones permit patients to obtain superior plaque cleaning and gingivitis efficacy relative to manual and sonic controls in a platform matching the brush usage patterns preferred by many patients. Published comparative clinical research demonstrates the superior efficacy of the new multi-directional brush in plaque and gingivitis reduction relative to control brushes, even in the hard-to-reach interdental spaces and marginal areas.  Patients formerly preferring a manual brush have enthusiastically embraced the novel multi-directional power brush in both consumer and clinical trials.
 
Visit dentalcare.com for more information on the Oral-B Deep Sweep.
 
*Image reprinted with permission from American Journal of Dentistry.
 
Dr. Agnieszka Mielczarek received her medical degree from Medical University of Warsaw in 1985 and a PhD in early caries diagnosis in 2002. She works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Conservative Dentistry Medical University of Warsaw, where she has been since 1992.  Her research interests are in oral health promotion, early caries diagnosis/treatment, tooth whitening and oral biofilm.
 
 

 
 
ADAA welcomes Kathryn Harstine, RDA, as the 2012-2013 Student Trustee. The Student Trustee is appointed as Trustee for all ADAA dental assisting student members and serves an annual term. As Student Trustee, Ms. Harstine will be responsible for a number of duties related to student membership of ADAA, including writing the "Student News" feature in each issue of The Dental Assistant over the duration of her term.
 
A graduate of Glendora High School, Ms. Harstine has served as president of the student chapter of the ADAA at Citrus College in Glendora, CA, where she organized monthly meetings, helped promote fundraising and promoted student involvement while studying dental assisting. She recently received her certificate of completion in dental assisting and is working as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in the practice of Dr. Mark A. Wong of Covina, CA. 
 
Ms. Harstine is the daughter of Steve and Donna Harstine of Glendora. She is engaged to Robby Bell of Cucamonga, CA.
 
 

 
by Jan DeBell, CDA, MS, ADAA Eleventh District Trustee
 
What separates a professional in any occupation from a person who has a career? I often ask my students this question as they begin their educational journey in dental assisting.  How would you respond to either my students or me if I asked you this question?
 
The first thing that comes to mind is the desire to continue learning in whatever career/profession one has chosen. It doesn’t matter if you are an accountant, a hair designer or a dental assistant. Ongoing learning is a must to grow in your career/profession.
 
Where do all of these other professionals find additional continuing educational courses? For many, it is through conferences, workshops and reading professional journals. As dental assistants, we have our own journal, The Dental Assistant, which offers articles that apply to our professional lives. The Journal covers topics such as infection control, new products and new techniques just to name a few on the clinical side, while on the business side there are articles on how to manage difficult collections and how to create a positive work environment for the dental team. The Journal also provides us the opportunity to see how things are different but similar in the armed forces for their dental techs.
 
In the Journal there are opportunities to be gained from the use of our educational department that makes all of us aware of new courses that are being offered through the ADAA. These courses are constantly being reviewed, updated and in some instances discontinued so that all members of the ADAA are kept current and knowledgeable in the ever changing areas of dental assisting. These courses also offer to those dental assistants who are working on their fellowship or mastership honors the opportunity to meet the strict guideline to call themselves a Fellow or Master.
 
These courses also have one huge benefit for all members – as a paying member of the ADAA they are free.  How many educational opportunities today are free?  I strongly recommend taking advantage of all the perks that your membership has to offer and this is one of them.
 
(The ADAA Continuing Education Catalog has been updated for 2013! Take a look at ADAA's continuing education library of over 60 courses, covering topics such as radiology, infection control, medical emergencies, business management, pharmacology, and much more.)
 
 

 
Due March 15, 2013!
 
The deadline for all three ADAA Student Scholarship and Awards applications are due on Friday, March 15, 2013! Any applications for the ADAA/Hu-Friedy Merit Scholar Award, Juliette A. Southard/Oral-B Scholarship Program, and ADAA Student Achievement Award must be emailed to Central Office by this date in order to be accepted. 

All guidelines, forms and applications can be found on the ADAA website under the "Forms & Awards" tabs by scrolling to "Student Award/Scholarships."
 
 

 
New Orleans, Louisiana, Begins May 1, 2013!
 
There's much for students and educators to gain by attending the ADAA Annual Session in historic New Orleans! The ADAA Annual Session, held in conjunction with the ADA Annual Session taking place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, offers something for everyone, whether you're looking to participate in ADAA Governance, network with other dental professionals, enhance your education or renew friendships and acquaintances. A full program is available for you to participate in and enjoy from Thursday, October 31, to Sunday, November 3. Choose from among more than 250 educational courses, many geared toward dental assistants and the entire dental team!
 
Registration to the general public begins Wednesday, May 1; 2012 attendees may register two weeks earlier, on Wednesday, April 17. Hurry and register today! Registration fees increase if you register after September 20, 2013, 5pm, CST. Attendees register through the ADA Annual Session registration system at ada.org/session.
 
For further details, be sure to look at the Annual Session Preliminary Guide featured in the upcoming March/April 2013 issue of The Dental Assistant, ADAA's professional Journal!   
 
(Image: Brass band plays in front of St. Louis Cathedral. Photo by Jen Arnato. Provided courtesy of the New Orleans Conventions and Visitors Bureau.)
 
 

 
Special New Membership Discount Just for Educators!
 
ADAA is offering a special new membership discount just for dental assisting educators! For a limited time, dental assisting educators can join ADAA, the professional association for dental assistants, for the discounted price of $99. This $99 discount reflects full dues membership through December 31, 2013.

In order to qualify for this special membership offer, educators must submit their application along with 12 student membership applications

If you are an educator who has not yet joined ADAA, this is the perfect opportunity for you and your students to become part of the Association that is dedicated to "making dental assisting a profession." If you are an educator who is already a member, share this offer with any colleagues who may not yet be members and encourage them and their students to join!

But hurry! This offer will only be accepted through March 31, 2013. Limit one (1) educator discount per 12 students.
 
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Start a SADAA Chapter at Your School!
 
The goals of the Student ADAA Chapters include providing support, encouragement, education and leadership opportunities to ADAA Student Members during their time in school. The benefits include development of future leaders in the profession, the opportunity to mentor student members in the profession and the Association, and increased participation of student members.

Start by downloading a copy of the ADAA Student Chapter Manual and the SADAA Sample Rules of Governance/Bylaws. For questions, contact Kathryn Harstine, ADAA Student Trustee or Claudia Pohl, ADAA Immediate Past President.

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By Claudia Pohl, CDA, RDA, FADAA, BVEd, ADAA President 2011-2012
 
Welcome back! You are undoubtedly back to school and getting in the swing of things with a new group of students. I hope you had some time over the summer to get refreshed and revitalized. Teaching can be very rewarding and yet taxing at the same time because of our work helping students become the best they can be, providing them with the broadest possible education to prepare them for their new career in dental assisting.

As you gear up for this coming year, I do hope that you will incorporate membership in the ADAA into the arsenal of resources you provide them. Now there's even more at ADAA for students - there is a new Student Page on the ADAA website with resources just for students, such as scholarship information, newsletters and the career center. Additionally, there is now an ADAA Student Facebook page giving students across the country the opportunity to connect in ways that are meaningful to them. Having free access to online education for all your students as an adjunct to their own materials is priceless. And of course, student members can develop a Student ADAA (SADAA) chapter at their own school.

One of the best things about having a SADAA Chapter is the connection and potential mentoring opportunities it provides for students with other working dental assistants prior to graduation. It offers them experiences and enrichment outside of their regular program and the potential to develop leadership skills. It will also help strengthen their voices in their professional organization - and ultimately in their profession as well.

I have had the pleasure of visiting students at many schools across the country this past spring as ADAA President. The opportunity for that will continue this year (in a more limited way). If you would like for me (or another ADAA represenative) to visit your school, please email me a request at cgpohl@yahoo.com and I will do whatever I can to make that happen.
 
Finally, in an effort to support you in a more meaningful way and in conjunction with student membership and SADAA Chapter development, the ADAA Membership Council is rolling out a special Educator's promotion for a limited time. I hope you take advantage of this for both yourself and your students. For more information, visit www.dentalassistants.org after October 1, 2012.
 
If there is anything ADAA can do to make your job easier or bring value to your classroom, please let me know. In the meantime, have a wonderful year with your students and at the risk of repeating myself - thank you for all you do to educate and prepare future dental assistants and leaders in our profession!
 
 

 
by Lisa Sagel, MA, BS, P&G Oral Health Publications Manager
 
Dentalcare.com was launched over 15 years ago by Proctor & Gamble (P&G) to offer valuble educational and research content to dentl professionals. A core component of the mission has been developing resources for educators and students. Today, the dentalcare.com Faculty and Student Corners host a range of materials, including teaching tools, case studies, a media library, a research database, information about fundraising opportunities with Crest Oral-B products, and product ordering.
 
A unique feature of dentalcare.com is the ability for educators to assign CE courses to students and track their scores and completions. The online CE library offers over 150 courses that can be assigned in conjunction with your dental assisting curriculum. To help you select courses to complete each stage of the curriculum, we recently developed a new five-page guide, using a leading dental assisting program as an example (see Figure 1, right). This guide can be downloaded in the dentalcare.com Faculty Corner.
 
Using the Assignment Feature
 
It's easy to use the Assignment feature. Key steps are outlined below:
 
1. Log-in dentalcare.com: If you are not registered, create a new registration.
 
2. Go to the Faculty Corner: If you need access, contact your school manager or email dentalcare.im@pg.com to obtain the faculty code.
 
3. Review the Dental Assisting Curriculum Guide: Go to the Faculty Corner and review the Dental Assisting Curriculum Guide for suggested courses to assign at each curriculumn stage. (See Figure 2, left)
 
4. Create New Assignments: Select the course you want to assign, along with the start date and due date. You can also choose to enter email addresses for your students if you want them to receive the assignment number and information by email.
 
5. Give Students Assignment Numbers: Each course you assign will have a unique assignment number. You can either use the e-mail function described in Step 4, or you can give the assignment number to students separately. They will need it when they submit their finished course for credit. Students can also enter the number on the dentalcare.com homepage to find the course assignment. (See Figure 3, right)
 
6. Review Existing Assignments: This section allows you to review all your assignments and view each participant's score and completion date. At a glance, you can get information regarding each course's name, number, start date, end date and scores.
 
7. Edit Assignments (if needed): Once you've created an assignment, you can edit the start date, the end date, or request an email notice of each student's completion.
 
We hope that you find the Assignment feature and new curriculum guide to be useful. Please write to us at dentalcare.im@pg.com if you have any feedback on the program.
 
In addition to the Faculty Corner, be sure to review other areas of dentalcare.com, including the Dental Assistants Page, Patient Education section and Product section. Special pricing on products is always available for both dental assistants and dental assisting students.
 
 

 
 
Want to encourage your students to get involved with ADAA? Are you interested in helping develop initiatives directed at dental assisting students? Both ADAA student members and educators are invited to apply for a position on the ADAA Council on Student Relations, which is comprised of five students and two educators. The council's purpose is to create policies and procedures that will benefit ADAA student members. It's a great way for educators to work together with students in ADAA. 

All council work is generally done via email. The council receives directives each year from the ADAA President and is chaired by the ADAA Student Trustee, who provides guidance to the council regarding proposed initiatives and how to implement them.

Would you like to apply for a position on the council, or have students who you think would be a great addition to the council? The application form can be downloaded here. Know a student who you think would be a great fit for the role of Student Trustee? The nomination form can be found here
 
 

 
 
There's much for students and educators to gain by attending the ADAA Annual Session in San Francisco this year! Once again, the ADAA is hosting a Student Forum, where ADAA Past President Cindy Bradley will give an informative presentation on resumé writing. There will also be a presentation on job interviewing techniques, as well as a Student Networking session, light refreshments, door prizes and the raffle of one Coach item for a lucky winner!
 
Educators will benefit from the opportunities to attend CE courses, participate in ADAA governance, network with other dental professionals or renew old friendships and acquaintences with fellow dental assistants from all over the country. The ADAA Annual Session will conclude with the ADAA President's Reception event, where you can welcome and congratulate the new leadership for 2012-2013 over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Attendees will receive a "gold rush" bag, a complimentary door prize coupon for a Coach bag (courtesy of Second District), and a special gift from Colgate and ADAA. The reception is a ticketed event ($30), so buy your ticket today!
 
The ADAA Annual Session is the "Don't Miss" professional event of the year! Remember, you must must have a registration badge for the ADA/ADAA Annual Session in order to attend. The American Dental Association (ADA) handles all registration for Annual Session via ada.org/session.
 
 

 
 
Do your students know that the ADAA has a special dues structure for students and recent graduates? Students are given full privileges of membership in the ADAA with a greatly reduced dues structure ($35/$45 w/ liability). In addition, to make their transitions to their new careers as easy as possible, the ADAA has a graduated dues structure available. Instead of an increase to full active dues during students' first year (to an average of $145), they are given the opportunity to reach the full active dues over the next three years without any penalty or loss of member benefits. Isn’t that great?
 
As with many membership organizations, student members will receive an invoice for their dues renewal. If they are still dental assisting students, they can renew as students for $35 ($45 includes liability insurance) – as their instructor, you will need to verify your students' statuses on the renewal forms. 
 
If a student has graduated, then that student will pay the first graduated dues of $50 plus state/local dues, plus $10 for liability, which is designated as an A1 (Active member 1). Please note that these graduated dues amounts must be paid consistently within the three-year grace period; a missed annual dues payment within this time frame will result with the former student member being charged the full dues amount in order to reinstate membership.

It’s that simple – and your students will have all the benefits of a full active member. Some of the benefits include: the 
ADAA Student Facebook group; free, unlimited online continuing education; and the ADAA Career Center, powered by Dentalworkers.com.  All the benefits can be found on our website here.
 
 

 
Newsletter sponsored by Procter & Gamble Oral Health-Crest + Oral B
 
 
The ADAA Board of Trustees and membership thank and acknowledge P&G Oral Health-Crest + Oral-B for its generous sponsorship of the ADAA Educator's Corner Newsletter.