Inside Dental Assisting November/December 2009 : Page 2
from the editor Dear Readers, In the field of observation, chance favors the prepared mind. I am reminded of this quote from Louis Pasteur as I review the variety of topics in this month’s Inside Dental Assisting. In our day- to-day contact with patients, dental assistants observe quite a bit.We notice not only the oral conditions of our patients, but also their overall health, their psychological and social well-being, and—especially in the last year—their financial situation.With our years of experience and commitment to continuing edu- cation,we are prepared to make the most of our observations to provide our patients with efficient, comprehensive, and personal care. This month’s continuing education article is an excellent example of the need for oral health professionals to be aware of their patients’ overall health. “Xerostomia: Prevalence, Diagnosis, and Management” reminds us of the many factors that can cause dry mouth and associated complications in our aging population. In addition to oral diseases and infections, xerostomia can result in poor nutrition, problems with retaining dentures, and difficul- ty speaking. The authors lead us through the causes and diagnosis of xeros- tomia, and finish with practical guidelines for management. “Handwashing: The Best Defense Against Superbugs” updates us on the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, specifically in healthcare settings. The article reaffirms the importance of standard infection control practices and hand hygiene as the first and best defense against transmission, while detailing the procedures every dental practice should be observing. Remember, Inside Dental Assisting is your complete 24/7 educational resource. Every month our web site offers new and archived continuing education, special online-only content, and updates on industry news and resources. Please visit www.insidedentalassisting.com to check it out. One of our goals at Inside Dental Assisting is to help prepare you for the challenges and opportunities you face every day. Please take a moment to send us your suggestions by logging into www.insidedentalassisting.com. I look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for your continuing support. Sincerely, Shannon L. Pace, CDA, CDD Editor-in-Chief AEGIS Publications, LLC 104 PHEASANT RUN SUITE #105 NEWTOWN, PA 18940 PHONE: 877•423•4471 PUBLISHER Karen Auiler AEGIS Publications, LLC EDITOR Catherine Paulhamus PRODUCTION / DESIGN Maureen Brydges Claire Novo Inside Dentistry and Inside Dental Assisting are pub- lished by AEGIS Publications, LLC. Copyright © 2009 by AEGIS Publications, LLC. All rights reserved under United States, International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions.No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any formor by any means without prior written permission from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed in the articles appearing in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the editors, the editorial board, or the publisher.As a matter of policy, the editors, the editorial board, the publisher, and the university affiliate do not endorse any products, medical techniques, or diagnoses, and publication of any material in this journal should not be construed as such an endorsement. PHOTOCOPY PERMISSIONS POLICY: This publication is registered with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), Inc., 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923. Permission is granted for photocopying of specified articles provided the base fee is paid directly to CCC. WARNING:Reading an article in Inside Dental Assisting does not necessarily qualify you to integrate new techniques or procedures into your practice.AEGIS Publications expects its readers to rely on their judg- ment regarding their clinical expertise and recommends further education when necessary before trying to implement any new procedure. Printed in the U.S.A. To order additional copies, call 877-4-AEGIS-1. PRESIDENT / CEO Daniel W. Perkins - 215-504-1275, ext. 201 MANAGING PARTNER Anthony A.Angelini - 215-504-1275, ext. 202 VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS Karen Auiler - 215-504-1275, ext. 204 ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Jeff Gordon - 215-504-1275, ext. 203 firstname.lastname@example.org NATIONAL SALES MANAGER Thomas Delaney - 847-606-1949 email@example.com SOUTHERN ACCOUNT MANAGER Scott Schmidt - 215-504-1275 firstname.lastname@example.org MIDWEST ACCOUNT MANAGER Jay Martorelli - 215-504-1275 email@example.com Program Approval for Continuing Education Approved PACE Program Provider FAGD/MAGD Approved 7/18/1990 to 12/31/2012 Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provisional board of dentistry or AGD endorsement.
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