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How life’s waves can make you a better dental assistant
All dental assistants will have waves in their lives. It's how they handle those waves that makes a difference.
Listening is one of dental assistants’ most important skills
Belle DuCharme, RDA, learned so much from a patient who another dental practice had written off as "not interested in keeping his teeth." Her ability to ask questions and truly listen led to a long relationship with the patient and his family.
Thursday Troubleshooter: Dental assistant kicked out of position and struggling with new management
This dental assistant was moved to the front desk. That's been hard enough, and now her replacement is spreading gossip about her. She's stressed and depressed.
Surviving holiday stress and the end-of-the-year rush in dentistry
It's no secret that the holiday season can become overwhelming, and that includes at the dental office. Maintaining your cool is important, and to help, Natalie Kaweckyj, BA, LDA, shares ideas for how to make the holidays less stressful.
Hand hygiene: Are dental professionals doing it right?
The guidelines that dental health-care professionals should follow regarding hand hygiene are clear. But infection control expert Karen Daw wonders how many dental teams are following proper hand hygiene as closely as they should?
Myth busters for dental assistants: Waterline contamination in dental offices
Waterline contamination is a huge concern in dentistry because the water supply tubing is the perfect environment for growing bacteria. What is your office doing to prevent contamination?
6 Critical Steps for Cleaning and Protecting Your Dental Instruments
Instruments must be properly taken care of if they are to function as they were intended. A safe and efficient cleaning process will protect the investment you’ve made in high-quality dental instruments
The ADA’s Guidelines for Infection Control
The ADA’s Guidelines for Infection Control describes the infection control procedures, responsibilities and obligations of dental practitioners and their clinical support staff.
Beyond the operatory: Implementing officewide infection prevention
How do you select surface disinfectants to help safeguard patients, staff, and the environment? Infection control specialist Sarah Bell-West helps dental teams make sure they're doing all they can regarding their disinfecting practices.
Podcast: Vaping and what dental assistants need to know
Vaping is one of the most discussed topics of 2019. In this new podcast, Kevin Henry talks with Tom Viola, RPh, CCP, about what dental assistants can do to help tackle the problem.
Handling medical emergencies in dental practices
Chances are good that dental assistants will encounter a few medical emergencies in the practice during their careers. Here is a guide to what should be done in such situations.
Exploring choices in the dental assisting profession: Dental treatment coordinator (Part 4 of 4)
There are many different career options for dental assistants who are looking to transition out of the day-to-day chairside position.
5 truths about being a dental assistant
It's important for dental assistants to realize how valuable they are to their practices. Here are five truths that no assistant should ever forget!
Wine, African Kisii power hearts, and the dental assistant
It's important for dental assistants to remember how important they are to their practices. Kevin Henry is offering a little "powerful" souvenir to remind them of their importance.
Downloadable dental form: List of dental assistant responsibilities
Dental assistants take care of many things around the office to help the days run smoothly. Here's a list to help keep track of those many responsibilities.
Myth busters: Dental assistants and their role in the opioid crisis
It's becoming well known among dental professionals that they are contributing to the opioid crisis. How can dental assistants play a role in changing patient dependence on these painkillers?
How do you handle the tough days in your dental practice?
Do you handle the tough days with grit, or do you crumble under pressure? How you handle those less-than-ideal days may determine the success of your career.
You can’t touch this! Proper dental instrument sterilization
Instrument sterilization is an important part of many dental assistants' job descriptions. Here's how to make sure it's being done correctly and efficiently.
Ethics and what they mean to dental assistants
Has there been a decline in ethical values in the dental profession? How can dental assistants change this perception? By always being ethical and a good example in the practice.
Thursday Troubleshooter: Dental assistant struggling to support dentist’s subpar work
This dental assistant doesn't know whether or not to look for a new position, but the doctor's poor dentistry is making her very uncomfortable. What should she do?
Thursday Troubleshooter: Dental assistants should not be performing some functions
This registered dental assistant has expressed her concerns that the other dental assistants perform duties they're not trained to do. The doctor ignores her. She doesn't want the practice to be liable. What should she do?
Thursday Troubleshooter: Dental assistant discouraged with new manager, poor treatment
Since this dental assistant turned down a position, the new manager has not treated her well, to the point she's been refused her PTO. What can she do?
Are you suffering from the ‘disease of more’?
DAD editor Kevin Henry wonders why people cannot simply enjoy the moment when it is happening. Why do they often have to wonder what's next, or, can there be more?
Exploring choices in the dental assisting profession: Administrative options (Part 2 of 4)
This series from 28-year dental assisting veteran Natalie Kaweckyj will help guide dental assistants on the many choices available to them within the dental assisting profession.
Exploring choices in the dental assisting profession: Clinical options (Part 1 of 4)
This series from 28-year dental assisting veteran Natalie Kaweckyj will help guide dental assistants on the many choices available to them within the dental assisting profession.
Myth busters for dental assistants: If dentist won’t pay for CE, there’s no point in going. Right?
Wrong! It's important for dental assistants to stay up on their continuing education. Doing so is an investment in their career.
I can wear acrylic nails, or gel nails at work in gloves, right?
There are many myths that surround dental assistants, and this DA wants to set the record straight on many of them.
Thursday Troubleshooter: This dental assistant has not had a raise in 8 years
Problems! Who doesn't have them? If you have a problem or concern in your dental office position, you might be too close to the situation to solve it yourself.
Myth busters in dental assisting: I can do what I want on social media
My social media accounts are private, and I can post what I want, when I want! Right?
Thursday Troubleshooter: Dental assistant feels ignored, also discouraged from sharing her marketing
Problems! Who doesn't have some? If you have a problem or concern in your dental office position, you might be too close to the situation to solve it yourself.
Let’s celebrate dental assistants year-round
Imagine telling your significant other just once a year that you love him or her. Imagine telling your mom or dad on just one day how much they have meant to you.
Myth busters for dental assistants: It’s OK to carry my cell phone through the workday
You do not need your cell phone on you at all times. Your family should have your office phone number to reach you in case of a true family emergency. If you are in the middle of any procedure, there is no way you should be answering your phone.
Dental assistant dreads answering phones: What can she do?
When we first unveiled our #DAFails campaign, the goal was to have dental assistants write in and share those times in their careers when they didn’t meet expectations, and what they learned from those experiences.
Why your employer should care about dull instruments
The hygiene appointment is known throughout the industry to be an important source of production and overall practice health.
Emotional intelligence as a tool to surviving in a toxic dental office environment
What if you live in an area where there are only a few dental offices and limited choices for employment, an area that’s in the middle of an economic downturn, and you need to keep your job because there are no other jobs in the area?
3 areas every dental assistant should focus on in 2019
Goals are part of life whether we realize it or not—how you conduct your relationships with family and team members, what you want to achieve in your career, and the way you use your precious free time, to name a few.
Do you have a Dental Assistant Fail story to tell?
I've heard some great stories through the years from dental assistants who have made a big mistake, learned something from it and come out better on the other side.
Myth busters for dental assistants: Is dental assisting really a dead-end job?
There was a time in my career when I actually believed that dental assisting was a dead-end career. There is no truth to that myth. Let me tell you my story to make my point.
The 12 habits of dental assistant rock stars
A rock star dental assistant’s mission is to assist the dentist in every way possible, enabling him or her to provide efficient, high-quality dentistry to patients.
Favoritism in the dental workplace: Is it on the rise?
Favoritism happens any time one person in a group receives special treatment or benefits that the person has not earned. Most people display favoritism in at least a few settings.
3 ways dental assistants can make changes in their practices
One of the biggest mistakes I see dental assistants make is waiting for things to happen in the practice rather than making things happen in the practice.
The power that a dental assistant's simple smile can carry(video)
Let's face it. I know there are days that it's not as easy to smile as others. There are days where you may not enjoy where you are, what you're doing or who you're around. You're human. It happens.
Is your front desk losing patients and patience with safety?
A few years ago I offered to do a complimentary safety consultation for the dentist my mom visited. As a result, we discovered the sterilizer had not been tested in six months.
No dental practice wants a crown-seat surprise
Your morning huddle clearly illustrates that it’s going to be another busy day in the practice, but no worries. The mid-morning appointment is a simple crown-seat for a wonderful patient who doesn’t even require anesthesia.
Bullying in dentistry: Long-term and short-term effects on victims
This month, I focus on how bullying affects victims as adults. Some of these effects are similar to what children experience, but children are often more resilient than adults and rebound more quickly from negative experiences.
How to cure the prima donna syndrome in dental offices
If you’ve been in the dental world for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly noticed an unspoken divide, a deeply entrenched chasm, bridged only by presumptions of roles and responsibilities by the dental auxiliary who crosses that chasm.
The many duties of dental assistants, identified and explained
When there are no patients, your time should be used to catch up on cleaning the treatment rooms, tubs, and trays, stocking treatment rooms and burs, organizing stock closets, and more.
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