The Role of the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (AGD #550)
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020
6:00 p.m. CDT
This live webinar is APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CE CREDIT and is designed for the dental professional to familiarize them with the duties and responsibilities associated with an expanded functions dental assistant and how they may provide added benefits to the dental practice.
Guest Speaker: Tyler Winter, CDA, LDA, RDA, FADAA
Lead Oral Health Assistant at Loyola Medicine, Chicago, IL READ MORE
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As many people use clear plastic face shields and masks with exhalation valves instead of cloth or surgical masks because they’re more comfortable, researchers at Florida Atlantic University warn that they may not be as effective in stopping the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Face shields blocked the initial forward motion of simulated jets of a cough or sneeze in their study, the researchers said. However, the expelled droplets can move around the visor with relative ease and spread out over a large area depending on light ambient disturbances. READ MORE
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A compliment can be a powerful thing. As a dentist, you probably receive compliments all the time. Patients tell you how wonderful your office is, how the treatment was less painful than they expected, or how much they like your staff and appreciate you as their doctor. While it’s great to hear these things, if they reach your ears only, they lose their power and turn into missed opportunities. READ MORE
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As many dental practices across the United States are returning to providing care for patients, they are implementing the use of N95 masks or respirators for employee protection. While the use of N95s is recommended by the CDC and OSHA when treating a patient who is positive or suspected to be positive for COVID-19, practitioners are instituting the use of N95s for the entire workday due to the potential of exposure through aerosols in the dental office. READ MORE
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Off the Cusp
If someone asks one of your team members, “What kind of day are you going to have today?” what do you think the answer will be? In one practice, it might be, “We’ll see.” In another, the answer is almost always, “We’re going to have a great day.” Why the difference? In a nutshell: default vs deliberate work cultures. In the first response, team members are unsure about how each day will go because their practice culture defaults to the mood of the dentist. READ MORE
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