Episode 320: What dental assistants need to know about the latest imaging recommendations
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3d ago
In this episode, Kevin Henry and Mary Govoni, CDA, RDH, discuss the use of lead aprons in dental radiography. They address the recent recommendations from the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the American Dental Association regarding patient shielding. While the use of lead aprons is no longer necessary in most cases due to advancements in digital imaging systems, there are still considerations for dental practices that use traditional film and an importance placed on dental practices checking with their state boards about what is required in their specific state. The i ..read more
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Episode 319: How Smile Crew CA is changing the game for California dental assistants
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by Dental Assistant Nation
2w ago
In this episode of the Dental Assistant Nation podcast, Kevin Henry interviews Ashley Reich, RDA, from the California Dental Association about Smile Crew California. Smile Crew California is a program aimed at addressing the dental assistant shortage by providing accelerated training and entry-level positions for dental assistants. The program has been successful, with 14 boot camps held to date and more than 200 enrollees. The success of the program has led to plans for expansion across the state. The podcast also discusses the importance of reaching out to potential dental assistants through ..read more
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Episode 318: Technology and career advice for the dental assistant
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by Dental Assistant Nation
3w ago
In this episode of the Dental Assistant Nation podcast, Teresa Duncan interviews Ann-Marie DePalma at the Yankee Dental Congress in Boston. Ann-Marie shares her unique career path, starting as a hygienist and later becoming a dental assistant. They discuss the impact of technology on the dental team and the importance of asking the right questions when adopting new technologies. They also explore the value of trade shows for education and networking. Ann-Marie emphasizes the importance of team education and communication, and suggests that teams can split up to attend different lectures and sh ..read more
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Episode 317: What dental assistants should know about a consultant coming into the practice
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by Dental Assistant Nation
1M ago
In this episode recorded live at the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention in Denver, host Kevin Henry is joined by Carrie Webber, the owner of Jameson Coaching, to discuss what really happens when a consultant walks into a practice and how the dental assistant should prepare and react. Change is inevitable, but how can assistants and other team members best prepare for that change? Webber dishes some of her best honest advice here ..read more
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Episode 316: Digital scanning tips and tricks for dental assistants with Shannon Pace Brinker
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by Dental Assistant Nation
1M ago
In this episode, Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, CDD, ACE, joins the show to discuss dental assistants and digital scanning. Among our topics is the explosion of this technology in dentistry and how dental assistants can become better at their scanning skills. Learn more about Shannon at https://chairsideassisting.com ..read more
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Episode 315: Tips to take control of your dental assisting career in 2024
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by Dental Assistant Nation
1M ago
In this episode, Dental Assistant Nation founder Kevin Henry talks about the attitude that dental assistants should have entering the New Year. How can assistants make sure that others aren't putting limits on them AND that they are simply accepting them? Kevin talks about this and more in a passionate plea to all dental assistants ..read more
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Episode 314: The 2 things I hope dental assistants do more of in 2024
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by Dental Assistant Nation
1M ago
As part of the final episode of 2023, lasting just over 10 minutes, Dental Assistant Nation founder Kevin Henry shares the importance of focusing on two key things in the New Year. In a time when resolutions are made (and broken quickly), it's more about embracing what you can control and making sure you're always curious about what comes next ..read more
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Episode 313: What to know about this popular medication and its dental connection
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by Dental Assistant Nation
2M ago
In this episode, Kevin Henry is joined by dental's pharmacology expert, Tom Viola, RPh, to discuss the drug Ozempic and its connection to weight loss, diabetes and dental health. They explore the side effects of Ozempic, including gastroparesis and halitosis, and the importance of including this medication on the health history form. They also highlight the challenges of taking Ozempic and the potential risks of mixing medications. The conversation emphasizes the role of dental assistants in gathering comprehensive medical information from patients and the need for open communication to ensure ..read more
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Episode 312: The key for dental assistants to finding the right information
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by Dental Assistant Nation
2M ago
When it comes to infection control and many other things within the dental practice, sometimes the information floating around on social media isn't the right information. So how can dental assistants get the right information to protect themselves and their patients? Sarah Stream, MPH, joins the show to share her ideas and thoughts. She can be reached at stream.education.and.consulting@gmail.com ..read more
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Episode 311: A dentist speaks on why it's important to have the right culture in the dental practice
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by Dental Assistant Nation
2M ago
In this episode recorded at the Greater New York Dental Meeting, Dr. Michael Sonick discusses why the right culture is important for every dental practice and his view on how dental assistants can help change it. Learn more about Dr. Sonick at https://www.michaelsonick.com and check out his book, Treating People Not Patients, at https://www.michaelsonick.com/peoplenotpatients ..read more
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