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  • 03 Jan 2012 9:42 AM | Anonymous
    Always take care of yourself and do the best you can ... you are the only one that can do that for yourself!
    So, let's think about ourselves .....
    When was the last time you  made an appointment for a complete physical or some type of check up?
    How about your eyes?
    Here is a good one..and yes, I am talking about you, are your shots current?
    and how about a TB test?  Tetanus, Hep vac?   
    Hey, pick up the phone and make that call...
    Did you know even hairdressers have more health requirements than Dental Assistants.
    TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF... you'll be glad you did!
        Mary Harrison, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, FADAA
  • 07 Dec 2011 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    Is Your Office in Compliance?

    Some dental offices may not comply with

    Oregon Board of Dentistry ‘Rules and Regulations’ regarding dental assistants.  Two important rules from Division 42 may have been overlooked, forgotten or possibly unknown to assistants, office managers or dentists.

    Division 42 specifically addresses dental assisting but includes dentist/hygienist responsibilities toward dental assistants under 818-042-0020. Division 42 has specified legal and prohibited acts, radiology and expanded functions. Listed below are two areas that may be neglected in your office.

    818-042-0020 covers four specific areas.  Section number three (3) addresses licenses, permits or certificates and is stated as follows:

    The supervising dentist or dental hygienist is responsible for assuring that all required licenses, permits or certificates are current and posted in a conspicuous place.

    This includes  radiological proficiency and expanded function certificates as well as sealant/temporary reline certificates for the dental assistant.

    818-042-0030 defines infection control.  It states the following:

    The supervising dentist shall be responsible for assuring that dental assistants are trained in infection control, bloodborne pathogens and universal precautions, exposure control, personal protective equipment, infectious waste disposal, Hepatitis B and C and post exposure follow-up.

    Do offices have: 

    1.  Proof of a DANB Infection Control Certificate or OSAP Training.

    2. A notebook that documents Annual Bloodborne Pathogen training that is a    minimum of two hours and signed by all participants.

    I hope these tips have been helpful in some way to bring your office into compliance.

    Sheri Billetter CDA, EFDA, MADAA

  • 18 Nov 2011 2:59 PM | Anonymous

    Are you up to date on everything happening with ODAA?

    Click here to view the Winter 2011 News Bulletin!

  • 01 Nov 2011 4:05 PM | Anonymous

    Helpful Hint of the Month - November 

    There are many important things dental assistants must know to excel at their careers.

    Here are three professional development tips to help you stand out as a leader in your field: 

    • One of the most valuable traits a dental assistant can have is flexibility. Being flexible will help the team environment, setting the tone for your practice.
    • The second trait that is important for a dental assistant to have is self-motivation. Self- motivated people notice what needs to be done, doing it without being asked.
    • The third trait that a dental assistant needs is having initiative. Meaning that you have initiative to complete a task without constant supervision.

     Of course it takes a good attitude to gain these traits and to model them.  An excellent book for other tips for lessons in leadership is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, by    Stephen R. Covey.  

     - Robynne Peterson, CDA, EFDA

  • 28 Jun 2011 3:18 PM | Anonymous

    Seal Shield Introduces World's First Waterproof, Wireless Mouse That is Rechargeable, With No Batteries to Change Ever

    Healthcare company demonstrates new, washable mouse at the APIC infection control conference. (Booth 1150)

    BALTIMORE, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Seal Shield LLC today announced the new SILVER STORM™ waterproof, wireless mouse.  The company demonstrated the new mouse, along with other infection prevention products, at the APIC infection control conference in Baltimore, MD.  The new mouse has been designed to help prevent cross contamination infections which are spread from shared computer input devices.  

    According to a bacteria study of common touch items, performed by the Korean Consumer Protection Board, "Computer mice have more than twice the concentration of germs as was found on doorknobs and handles in public restrooms."  Overall, computer mice ranked as the second most bacteria-infested item in the study.

    The SILVER STORM™ mouse is a wireless scroll wheel mouse that is 100% waterproof, washable and even dishwasher safe.  The mouse is environmentally friendly, with antimicrobial product protection, and a rechargeable lithium battery so there are no batteries to buy or change ever.  The SILVER STORM™ waterproof, wireless mouse can hold a charge for up to a week, and is easily recharged by the included USB quick-charge station with integrated 3 port USB hub and RF Nano receiver.  The waterproof, wireless mouse is available in black or white and is priced at $69.99 MSRP.  The product is scheduled to start shipping early Fall, 2011.  

    Seal Shield™ designs, develops and manufactures medical grade, infection prevention technology for hospitals and the home.  Seal Shield is a world leader in infection control products including patent pending washable keyboards, mice and TV remote controls.  For more information please visit


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