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Sharing Our Appreciation for Dental Assistants

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Today’s dental assistants contribute to quality dental care, elevate clinic productivity and enhance the professionalism of their amazing team members. Join me in recognizing these valuable partners who help keep dental practices operating efficiently.

March 3-9, dental offices throughout the world celebrate Dental Assistants Recognition Week (DARW), by celebrating the significant contributions dental assistants make in helping to improve the oral health of their patients and the public.

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Giving Dental Assistants the Recognition They Deserve

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Dental assistants play an important role in dental practices by helping to enrich patient care, boost productivity and provide support to strengthen the entire dental team. Their valuable contributions are recognized each year by dental offices and associations in the United States and around the globe, including the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA), American Dental Association (ADA), Canadian Dental Association, United States Army, U.S. Air Force dental clinics and many more.

This year, the above organizations designated the week of March 4 as Dental Assistants Week to recognize the hard work and dedication dental assistants provide to the field of dentistry and their local communities. The week marks the 35th year of celebrating the dedication of dental assistants with the theme of “Key to Productivity: The Professional Dental Assistant.”

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Enhance Your Doctor-Patient Relationship with Tablets and Apps

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Last week, I shared how the Kindle Fire had quickly become a best-selling product for Amazon. This week, I wanted to touch base with its success, and share how tablets and emerging applications for smartphones and other devices are enhancing doctor-patient relationships by boosting interaction, creating more knowledgeable patients and keeping them active and up-to-date on their oral health.

It’s a fast-paced world out there and technology is entering the hands of Americans faster than ever before. Nielsen reports that smartphones overtook traditional cell phones at the end of 2011. It’s hard not to notice almost everyone using their iPhones, BlackBerry, Droid and other smartphones throughout the day – I know I keep in touch on my device via email, social apps and texts on the hour. Continue reading