• 14 Oct 2018 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    The temperatures are dropping and crisp cool air is arriving.  The days become shorter and trees are changing color.  We notice orange and black Halloween decorations adorning yards and we are decorating our homes for the occasion.  It’s the perfect time to pass out toothbrushes along with a reminder on how to brush and floss after consuming that delicious candy.  We don’t want cavities!
    Maybe your educational reminder could include some terms and meanings – helping parents as well as children:
    • Plaque  -  PLAK
    • Bacteria  -  bak-TEER-ee-uh
    • Gingivitis  -  jin-juh-VI-tis
    We’re lucky that we know so much now about taking care of our teeth.  While you are brushing your teeth today, think about what people used long ago to clean teeth:
    • Ground-up chalk or charcoal
    • Lemon juice
    • Ashes
    • Tobacco and honey mixed together
    It was only about 100 years ago that someone created a minty cream to help clean teeth.  Not long after that, the toothpaste tube was invented, made of metal.  Tooth brushing became popular during World War II.  The U.S. Army gave brushes and toothpaste to all soldiers, and they learned to brush twice a day. 
    Other topics you might want to add to your “reminder”.
    • Toothpaste the size of a pea is all that is needed. 
    • Brush at least twice a day.  After breakfast and before bedtime are usually good times.
    • Brush all your teeth not just the front ones.
    • Spend at least 2 to 3 minutes each time you brush.  A little timer might be helpful.
    • Depending on the child’s age and dexterity they can learn to floss properly.
    • Gentle brushing of the tongue
    • Visit their dentist twice a year.
    • Be diet mindful.  Lots of fruits and vegetables and water instead of soda.
    These ideas should help make happy smiles.

  • 20 Jul 2018 12:00 AM | Anonymous

     Sheila Pulanco Russell's Facebook Post to the Wise...

    It’s definitely summer time and many of you are anxious for a vacation or even just a few days off.  After all, you have worked hard and could use a little rest and relaxation. 
    Have you ever come home from a vacation, lengthy seminar, dental conference or maybe a weekend away with the family and noticed your digital clocks flashing the wrong time?
    You quickly realize that you had a power outage while you were away, but it’s basically impossible to tell when it occurred or how long it lasted.  It’s therefore also impossible to tell just how long the food in your freezer may have thawed, gotten destroyed, and then frozen again…………Or is it?
    In connection with Hurricane Matthews that swept over parts of the United States, a woman named Sheila Pulanco Russell shared a clever trick on her Facebook wall with anyone who was forced to evacuate their home. But the trick is also good to know in case of any prolonged departure from your home – and will ease your mind about whether or not the food in your freezer is good to eat – or best be thrown out. 
    The trick lies in the magical combination of three simple but effective tools everyone already has at home:  a mug, a coin and some tap water.

    The great tip is called “the one cup tip”.  You put a cup of water in your freezer.  Freeze it solid and then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer.  That way when you come back you can tell if your food went completely bad and just refroze or if it stayed frozen while you were gone.  

    If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup that means all of the food defrosted and you should throw it out.  If the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup,  then your food may still be okay.  

    It would also be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time and if you lose power for any reason you will have this tip to fall back on.  


    Have a safe and fun summer!

  • 22 Jun 2018 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    The fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, celebrates the day that America declared its independence from Great Britain.

    The fourth of July was officially declared a federal holiday in 1941, but the country has celebrated this day since Thursday July 4, 1776.  It’s a day to spend celebrating patriotism with a wide range of activities;  firework displays, parades, concerts and barbecues.

    The United States celebrates with fireworks as a tradition continued down through history since the initial year.  Thirteen fireworks were set off to symbolize the 13 states of the union.  It evolved as more states joined the union.

    The main signees who drafted the Declaration of Independence were Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams.

    Thomas Jefferson – the principal author.  Jefferson’s memorandum books indicate that dental care was a regular part of his routine.  When 81 years old, Jefferson reported to a friend that he had lost only one tooth, with “the rest continuing sound”.

    Benjamin Franklin – History tells us that a tooth was pulled from the mouth of Benjamin Franklin sometime between 1706 – 1790.  The tooth is inside a gold acorn with some loose fibrous packing around it.  The tooth is broken in at least two parts but has been identified as probably a lower left second molar.  Apparently one side of the tooth was broken off, possibly before it was pulled.  This acorn-tooth was passed down through his many generations.
    John Adams – the second U.S. President March 4, 1797 to March 4, 1801.  When Adams lost his teeth, he refused to wear false ones.  As a result, he had a lisp when speaking.  In later years Adams had trouble speaking. 

    56 Delegates eventually signed the Declaration of Independence. 

    The Executive Board of the ODAA wish you and your family a happy and healthy July 4th.

  • 18 May 2018 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    It's hard to believe that this should even be discussed or questioned but evidently it needs to emphasized.
    This article is by permission of Penwell Publishing and by
    Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, MADAA.  Tija is an expanded functions dental assistant/office manager in O'Fallon, Missouri.  She is the director of the Dental Careers Institute and a member of the American Dental Assistants Association, where she holds a Master.  She is also an independent consultant specializing in team building, assistant training, and office organization.

    Dental Office Infection Control Myth Busters:  Handpieces
    I've found that there is so much misinformation out there about infection control in the dental setting.  Instead of relying on a good source for information, people tend to "do what they've always done", or, they hear something but never check to see if it's true.
    A common myth I hear when I visit dental offices has to do with handpieces and whether they should be sterilized.  I've been told, "This is a gray area and not something that has to be done."  While it's true that the CDC is clear about handpiece sterilization, the CDC is not a regulatory agency.  It doesn't make laws.  Rather, it creates guidelines and comes up with recommendations. 
    I hear that people don't like handpieces to be sterilized because this will ruin the turbine, causing it to need to be replaced often.  Turbines are tiny and expensive, so having to frequently change one not only costs money but leaves the office with one less handpiece.  This can be a longer period of waiting if the turbines are sent out to be changed.  Being short a handpiece is aggravating, to say the least. 
    What ruins the turbines is not the sterilization process itself, but rather the improper lubrication.  There is no way any one of us can deliver lubrication, express the oil, and clean a handpiece the way a lubrication station does.  The station delivers the precise amount of oil and cleaner, and using compressed air, it properly expels debris and excess oil while simultaneously lubricating the handpiece.  This must be done after each use to ensure that our handpieces are properly lubricated before going through the sterilization process. 
    Remember that after use, handpieces should never be wiped down with disinfectant.  All handpieces should be run under water and brushed with a soft brush to clean off any debris around the head and the fiberoptic light.  Once this is completed, the handpiece can be placed in the lubrication station for processing. 
    When handpieces come out of the autoclave, yes, I realize we are sometimes in a hurry, and sometimes there aren't enough handpieces to go around.  And here is a story I hear all too often.  The autoclave "dings" and someone rushes to take out the handpiece.  The person rips open the package runs the handpiece under cold water to cool it off before rushing it to the operatory to use.  STOP!  This is hard on the handpiece casing and can cause it to crack.
    All instrument that are removed from the autoclave must go through every single cycle, including the drying cycle, before being removed.  If you're short on instruments and find yourself cutting corners on infection control to get through the day, then you're doing it wrong.  At that point, it's time to have a talk with the dentist abut the need for more instruments to do your jobs properly and deliver the best patient care. 
    Remember, there is only one way to do infection control and that's the right way!
    When you want to go to the authorities on infection control, you need to go to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP).  These are the people who set the guidelines for how we should clean, disinfect, and sterilize our surfaces, instruments and treatment rooms.

  • 11 May 2018 12:00 AM | Anonymous

  • 20 Apr 2018 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    SUMMARY HIGHLIGHT FROM 2018 OREGON DENTAL CONFERENCEChemeketa dental assistant students and faculty enjoying the conference.

    The Dental Conference was a great success thanks to many individuals who helped in so many ways.  First of all was ODAA's Vice President who worked diligently putting our portion of the conference together - dignitaries and speakers.  Thank you, Mary.

    It has been several years since we have had representation from Central Office of the American Dental Assistants Association,  the Dental Assisting National Board and the DALE Foundation.  A luncheon hosted by ODAA, DANB, and the DALE Foundation celebrated the work of dental assistants and the value they bring to dental practices and the oral health of the community.  Following the luncheon a educational panel was presented in segments by:

    Cynthia Durley, M.Ed., MBA, DANB and the DALE Foundation
    Stacy Bone, EFDA, 200hr YTT
    Teresa Haynes, Oregon Board of Dentistry
    Ginny Jorgensen, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, AAS
    Mariah Kraner, MA, PhD, A-dec

    All giving insights and opportunities available for dental assistants.
    Another note of gratitude is extended to Katie Gander, ODAA's Executive Assistant, who was able to give support at the courtesy table in the foyer.  And to speaker hosts for their loyal support and assistance.  Lynn Murray, Bonnie Marshall, and Mary Harrison.  All are needed and so much appreciated.
    Presenters Dr's Judah Garfinkle and Daniel Petrisor were very well received.  Excellent comments by all who attended.
    The raffle was another highlight with many trying their luck but unfortunately everyone who tried could not have the winning ticket.   The Insta Pot was won by Ginny Jorgensen of Canby.  All proceeds are to be presented to Smile Oregon to ensure every child in Oregon affected by a cleft or other craniofacial condition has access to the coordinated care they deserve.

  • 15 Mar 2018 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Celebrating the Value of Dental Assistants

    Join the Oregon Dental Assistants Association, DANB and the DALE Foundation as we celebrate the work of dental assistants and the value they bring to dental practices and the oral health community. Network with peers and enjoy a three-course buffet lunch during the Oregon Dental Conference. 

    Thursday, April 5th, 2018
    Oregon Convention Center, Rooms F150-151
    11:30 AM - Registration and Networking
    12:00 PM - Luncheon 

    Advanced registration and ticket purchase is required to attend this luncheon. Space is limited and the event will sell out. Purchase your ticket today. Register by 3/22 and receive a DALE Foundation gift bag that includes a certificate for $10 off the DANB ICE Review, DANB ICE Practice Test, DANB RHS Review, DANB RHS Practice Test, or Understanding CDC’s Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings.


  • 16 Feb 2018 12:05 AM | Anonymous

  • 16 Feb 2018 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Dental Assisting continues to diversify and expand.  Whether working chairside with the dentist, exposing and processing radiographs, managing the business office, teaching or working in insurance, or as a sales representative, dental assistants are vital to the success of the dental practice.  Contributing to quality dental care, today's dental assistants are role models of professional development, strengthening the entire dental team and enhance patient comfort and satisfaction throughout the world. 
    Dental Assistants Recognition Week is scheduled March 4 - 10, 2018.  A week long tribute to the commitment and dedication dental assistants exhibit throughout the year. 
    "Dental Assistants:  Advancing the Profession through Collaboration and Leadership"  is the theme for this years annual Dental Assistants Recognition Week:  time for dental assistants to receive greater recognition for their own unique and diverse contributions to the dental profession and the dental health care of the public. 
    Dental Assistants Recognition Week is sponsored by the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and the Professional Dental Assistants Education Foundation (PDAEF). 
    I hope your class will have time to plan a fun activity.  Join us in observing Dental Assistants Recognition Week 2018!

  • 25 Jan 2018 12:00 AM | Anonymous

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