• 08 Jun 2021 7:49 AM | Anonymous
    Directions: Match the names in Column II by placing the correct letter adjacent to the corresponding number in Column I. The first person to send the correct answers to will win the keychain.

  • 11 May 2021 6:46 AM | Anonymous

    Let’s hear what they have to say regarding this past year of education...

    Central Oregon Community College

    By McKenzie Scott

    "The dental assisting program was a lot different than I was expecting due to COVID-19. I was expecting a lot of on campus and in person work, but that all changed when COVID hit. I fortunately went into the program a few months after COVID had initially hit, so the professors were able to figure out how to make our program run smoothly with the new guidelines.

    Most of our classes in the first term were all online except for one lab. Some being only online (self-lead) and others in a remote setting (Zoom videos). It was a big change at first. After getting more comfortable with the new set-up, a lot of my fellow students and I began to really enjoy the change. Having all classes that can be online made the program far more accessible to more students. Most of us work, some are parents, and others live far away. Having these classes online made it easier for all of us to attend school with our own schedules.

    The in-person class that we did have was once a week and consisted of half of the students one day and the other half another day. We were required to wear masks and practice the 6-foot social distancing, (which is easy, since we have operatories). I felt that I got a better education having the smaller and more physically spread-out workspaces, because I was able to focus on my work and get one on one help when I needed it.

    Although we were in class for labs, our school specifically did not allow us to open our clinic. However, one of our professors was able to get us into an office during the middle of the second term, which was a great experience. If the program remained the way it is now, I would certainly encourage more students to go into the program. I would like to see a few of our online classes to include a Zoom meeting or be in person, but other than that I think it was better than the original setup."

    Chemeketa Community College:

    By Marisa Wilson

    "Once I received the notification that I was accepted into Chemeketa’s Dental Assisting Program, I cried. I have always wanted to be in the dental field and it was finally happening for me! Then the fear set in of 'how am I supposed to do this with COVID-19 running ramped in our community?'

    At the time, I still had high hopes because I know that I wouldn’t have been accepted into this program if it was completely virtual. I went into this program with an open mind and was willing to take on whatever was thrown at me, especially during this pandemic. Thankfully, Chemeketa has approved this program to be semi-on campus when most other programs are completely virtual.

    Virtual learning throughout this program has been very tough for me as a hands-on learner. I generally don’t do the best on tests and exams and I have had to put the pieces from my readings together whenever I have the chance to be hands-on in the clinic, which has been the hardest battle that I’ve faced.

    My greatest fear to this day is that due to this pandemic, the students will not be prepared for our national board exams that are coming up this June. With that said, all the instructors in this program have truly done their part to give us all the information, resources, guidance, and understanding to their students and I am eternally grateful for them. They know and understand how we are feeling and that we aren’t getting the full experience of this program as we should.

    Although this has been a crazy year, especially in a hands-on learning environment that has been forced to go semi-virtual, I am confident that all of the dental assisting team is doing their best with the cards that we were dealt."

  • 13 Apr 2021 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    The Oregon Dental Conference has come, but it is not gone!

    The Oregon Dental Conference (ODC) was 2 ½ days of continuing education and a chance to visit the Solutions Marketplace.  The ODAA/DANB and DALE FOUNDATION were present, waiting and ready to greet you and we were available to answer your questions.  GUESS WHAT, we are still there!  If you were registered then the whole conference is open until May 15th.  ODAA welcomes conversation as does DANB/DALE.  

    Membership information is available and Linda Kihs, ODAA’s President would be happy to help you.  If you have any questions regarding certifications for Oregon, and/or study materials for DANB exams, Jennifer Price welcomes your inquiries.

    As reported by:  Mary Harrison,  CDA, EFDA, EFODA, FADAA

    Vice President


    How many words can you unscramble from


    (Tip: Katie Gander, Presidential Aid, came up with 24!)

  • 16 Mar 2021 9:09 AM | Anonymous


    • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), requires employers subject to its recordkeeping requirements, to post copies of their OSHA Form 300A, also known as the “Summary of Work-related Injuries & Illnesses” between February 1 and April 30 each year, using data from the previous calendar year.

    • As a reminder, OSHA’s recordkeeping requirement does not apply to employers with 10 or fewer employees, or to employers that are in a partially exempt industry.

    • The form must be displayed in a conspicuous place or places where notices to employees are customarily posted.  Until April 30th, these employers must also ensure that their Form 300A posting remain in place and are not altered, defaced or covered by other material.

    • Due to the fact that many employees are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA will not require employers to display the OSHA 300A form in establishments that are completely empty.  However, employers will need to comply with the posting requirement if employees return to the establishment before May 1, 2021.

    • Retain OSHA 300 log for five years following the calendar year to which it relates.

    • If no cases are recorded during a reporting period, a summary must still be posted.  Zeroes should be entered into all spaces provided on Form 300A.

  • 09 Feb 2021 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    The American Dental Association marks the anniversary of National Children’s Dental Health Month, that traces its history back 80 years by dentists in Ohio on February 3rd 1941.  The first observance was held in 1949.  In 1955, the Association expanded it to a week and in 1981 to a month.  Today it is celebrated each February.  

    This year’s theme is  

    This is intended to encourage children to drink water instead of sugary beverages.  With its theme, celebrations include poster displays, coloring, essay contests, health fairs, free dental screenings, museum exhibits, classroom presentations and dental office tours.  Most events will be virtual but enthusiasm for the event remains.

    Many leaders in the oval office have recognized children’s dental health:  President Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.  

    Hopefully such observance each year, in more communities, will motivate more parents and adults to recognize the seriousness of dental disease in children and motivate a greater demand for more and better methods of preventing such disorders.  Information regarding the causes of dental caries: the harmful effects of sweets, the beneficial effects of fluoridation, early and regular dental care, proper home care, and diet.  

  • 08 Dec 2020 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    The Oregon Dental Assistants Association thought you might like to do something fun ~ 

    The first one completed and correct, mailed to ODAA, PO Box 18305, Salem, OR  97305 or e-mailed to us will win a prize from ODAA.  Don’t forget to include your mailing address so we can mail you your prize.  The winner will be announced on our Facebook page.  

    Just look for the Christmas Word Search Results post.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family and blessings in the New Year ~

    CLICK HERE to download a printable version of the word search. 


  • 17 Nov 2020 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Giving Thanks for each of you, our members, and for the most-part, all are back to work again.  

    Fall is such a pretty time of year and we do have so much to be thankful for in spite of all we have been going through these past few months.  

    This month, I thought I would share with you, some of the history of Thanksgiving:

    1621:  The first Thanksgiving

    Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated a harvest feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

    1630:  New England Thanksgiving

    Settlers observed the first Thanksgiving in the Massachusetts bay Colony in New England on July 8, 1630.

    1789:  Give Thanks

    President George Washington declared November 26, 1789, as a national day of “thanksgiving and prayer.”

    1777:Chilly T-Day:

    While in route to Valley Forge, George Washington and his army stopped in freezing weather to observe the first Thanksgiving of the new United States of America.

    1863:Federal holiday

    President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving an official federal holiday.

    1876:College football

    The first intercollegiate football championship was held on Thanksgiving Day.

    1924:First parade

    Macy’s held its first Thanksgiving Day parade.

    1934:NFL football

    The first National Football League game held on Thanksgiving Day was between the Detroit Lions who faced the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit Stadium.  

    1941:Set a date

    President Roosevelt established the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

    1947:Presidential pardon

    President Harry Truman “pardoned” a turkey the day before it was scheduled to be served up as the main course at the White House Thanksgiving dinner.  Modern presidents have carried on the tradition.

    Wishing you health and happiness during this season and always…………………..

  • 20 Oct 2020 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    You’ve probably heard as many of these myths as I have.  

    True, if close contact occurs while not wearing all recommended PPE, healthcare personnel may be of risk of infection.  Having direct contact with infectious secretions from a patient with COVID-19 include sputum, serum, blood, and respiratory droplets.

    Please take care and be safe.


    Can coronavirus be transmitted through mosquito bites?  

    To date, there has been no information or evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes.  The coronavirus is a respiratory virus spread primarily through droplets generated by an infected person coughing, sneezing or droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.  

    Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the coronavirus?  

    No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.


    Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus? 

    No, spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body.  Such substances can be harmful to clothes and mucous membranes.  They could be useful to disinfect surfaces.  


    Does the new coronavirus affect older people or are younger people also susceptible? 

    People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (nCoV-2019).  Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more vulnerable.  

    Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus?

    No.  Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV.  Clean your hands with an alcohol based hand rub or wash them with soap and water and then dry thoroughly by using paper towels.


    Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus? 

    No, Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus.  


    Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus? 

    Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties.  However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.


    • Center for Disease Control (CDC)

    • Infection prevention control (IPC)

    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

    • Department Of Labor (DOL)

    • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

    • World Health Organization (WHO)

    • American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA)

    • National Institutes of Health (NIH

  • 15 Sep 2020 10:57 AM | Anonymous

    Since resuming routine care, some dental assistants as well as other health care providers, have reported that they are facing a new set of challenges since they have adapted to wearing personal protective equipment additional lengths in time.

    The feeling of panic, difficult breathing and profuse sweating was one comment I heard.  Some dental professionals who are now wearing multiple layers at one time are truly having a difficult time:  surgical masks, respirator masks, and face shields can cause overheating.  If you are experiencing any of these, try to take short breaks throughout the day so you can remove your PPE and get a breath of fresh air.

    Headaches can be another side effect due to increased additional PPE.  This could be a sign of dehydration.  Take time to drink enough fluids at every opportunity.  You might also consider limiting sugary beverages and caffeine drinks which can also contribute to dehydration.  Maybe fresh fruits or frozen fruit slices at your lunch break could help keep you cool and hydrated.  

    Have you noticed more facial breakouts lately?  If so, you are not alone.  Constant rubbing of the mask against the skin can cause small ulcers and acne.  Micro-tears allow the entry of dirt and bacteria into the pores.  Experts recommend washing with a gentle cleanser and the use of a fragrance free moisturizer, especially at the pressure points.

    If the pandemic continues and dental teams continue to adapt to recommended changes, perhaps a staff meeting would be helpful to discuss the challenges, especially those that cause physical discomfort related to PPE, and work together to implement solutions.  

  • 18 Aug 2020 10:00 AM | Anonymous


    We didn’t have a winner for the Quiz in our last Keeping in Touch.  We want to give you a couple of more weeks for another try.  So, bring out the text books and try again.  The deadline is August 29th, 2020.  Good luck.


    Are you interested in serving as an ODAA officer?  If so, your name must be submitted to the ODAA Nominating Committee by September 12th, 2020.  Secure a nominating form from the committee chairman, Bonnie Marshall, 503-209-8450.

    The offices of President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer are open for nominations.  Only an active or life member of this association shall be eligible to serve.  A complete lit of duties for each office can be found in our Bylaws and Policy Statements on the website, found here.  

    All nominees must be eligible for the position nominated and meet all qualifications for that position.  The nominee must be willing to serve and fulfill the position nominated as well as the time commitment required.  

    Annual reports from this past year’s officers and committee chairs are available upon request from Secretary, Bonnie Marshall.  

    Professionally yours,

    Linda Kihs, CDA, EFDA, OMSA, MADAA

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