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  • 15 Mar 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Out of the Past ~ ~

    This was written by the 19th President of the Oregon Dental Assistants Association about our very first President, Harriet G. Hamann.


    "I first met Harriet in the 50's when I started my career as a dental assistant.  She was there to meet me at the first Portland Dental Assistant Society meeting that I attended. She always made you feel welcome and was very helpful with every little detail.  I believe that she never missed a local meeting or a state meeting since she helped organize the first dental assistant meeting in 1940 with the dentists for the Pacific North West Dental Conference in Portland.  That meeting was the beginning of our State Dental Assistants Association.  She served as our first President and later held many offices for the Association.

    Harriet was a life member of the PDAS, ODAA, and the ADAA.  She liked to be working with our meetings and often took part in the Installation Ceremony.  Harriet was a lifetime resident of Portland, working 40 years for an oral surgeon, Dr. Frank Mihnos, until her retirement in 1970.  We worked in the same building downtown Portland and I often called upon her to help or discuss matters when I was performing duties in the association.  We young girls, as she'd call us, that we were her children and we were to listen to little old auntie.

    She was the center of attention at our Presidents banquet, always some what of a little clown, always cheerful and seeing that everyone was having a good time.  Harriet loved life.  After having to leave her apartment she resided in a lovely retirement home in SE Portland.  She was always doing some little things to make it more pleasant for everyone.  She loved the flowers and the trees and often walked around the yard, but best of all she liked to go to the shopping centers and we'd have a coke or we would laugh because it's now..non-alcoholic.  

    She lived a good life up to a month before her heart started giving up, although she was like her old self and never complained about her condition.  I visited her regularly and I feel as you all do that we have lost a very dear friend.  She didn't wake up one morning two days before her 93rd birthday, April 28th, but I know that she is hearing us from on the top of Mt. Hood where she requested that her ashes be dropped.  We miss you, Harriet ~ rest in peace....."

    As your present President, I can truly say it was a real pleasure to have known this lovely lady.  As April is quickly approaching as well as our state meeting, I hope you will give our Harriet a thought of thanks.

  • 06 Mar 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    I would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the Oregon Dental Conference April 6-8, 2017 being held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, the City of Roses.
    The 2017 Oregon Dental Conference is the 125th annual session of the Oregon Dental Association.  The conference is the concurrent meeting of the ODA, the Oregon Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (OSOMS), the Oregon State Association of Endodontics (OSAE), the Oregon Society of Periodontists (OSP), the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry (OAGD), the Oregon Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (OAPD), the Oregon Dental Assistants Association (ODAA), The Oregon Dental Executives' Association (ODEA), the Oregon Dental Hygienists' Association (ODHA), as well as a place for laboratory technicians from throughout the northwest to meet.
    There will be numerous courses to choose from and the Exhibit Hall is available to view new equipment, instruments, dental supplies, etc.  You can review the many possibilities on the website at www.oregondental.org.   ODAA Vice President, Mary Harrison, has arranged for some excellent speakers and topics:
             Thursday April 6th      "Infection Control in Dentistry"
                                                     Ginny Jorgensen CDA, EFDA, EFODA, AAS
                                                     This course will also be offered on Friday afternoon
             Friday April 7 th         "Health and Wellness for Dental Professionals - Panel"  
                                                     Stacy Bone, EFDA
                                                     Ginny Jorgensen, CDA, EFDA, EFODA,AAS
                                                     Shauna Sonoda, LMT, RDH
                                                     Katie Stenhouse
                                                    "Tips and Best Practices for Implant Success"
                                                    Jay Malmquist, DMD, FACD, FICD
                                                    Michael Malmquist, DMD
    The Oregon Dental Assistants Association will have a table in the main thoroughfare in the lobby.  Please stop by and introduce yourself.  We will look forward to seeing you.
                                                                                            Linda Kihs, CDA, EFDA, OMSA, MADAA
                                                                                            ODAA President

  • 03 Mar 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous
    A-dec Seeking Market Research Participants 
    Help Define Future Products
    A-dec, a leading manufacturer of dental equipment and furniture, is seeking Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants and/or members of a dental team who routinely process and pack instruments for sterilization as well as load/unload and operate a chamber sterilizer for an upcoming research project.  During this project, you will have the opportunity to provide feedback on a prototype of an A-dec product under development.  This research project will take place the week of April 10th 2017 at the A-dec corporate office located in Newberg Oregon and will require approximately 45 to 60 minutes of your time.  For your time, you will be provided a $50.00 gift card. 
    If you are interested in participating in this project, please complete and return the linked form to Jana Esler at jana.esler@a-dec.com or 503-537-2702 (fax) as soon as possible, but not later than Monday, March 20, 2017.  Jana will contact you to find a meeting time that works with your schedule the week of April 10th and provide additional details.   

  • 28 Feb 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous
    Dental Assisting continues to diversify and expand.  Whether working chair-side with the dentist, exposing radiographs, or managing the business office, teaching or working in insurance, or sales, dental assistants are vital to the success of the dental practice.  It's a date being remembered this year by the American Dental Assistants Association and  Oregon Dental Assistants Association.

    Dental Assistants Recognition Week, scheduled for March 5 - 11, 2017, is a week-long tribute to the commitment and dedication dental assistants exhibit throughout the year.

    "Dental Assistants:  Patient focused with passion and purpose"  is the theme for this 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.
    Check out the ADAA website for ideas on how you might celebrate. 
    We'd like to hear about your activities and hope you will let us know what you did.  Join us in observing Dental Assistants Recognition Week 2017! 

  • 07 Feb 2017 12:00 AM | Anonymous

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    Our contact information has changed!
            Address:  PO Box 18305  Salem, OR  97305
            Telephone:  503-569-2335
            Email:  ordentalassistantsassociation@gmail.com

  • 01 Sep 2016 10:41 AM | Anonymous

    Always review your schedule for the morning and the afternoon. Anticipate for your future patients and be ready as best as you can. This will help you be organized and ready for the day. 

    Sent in by Kandra Luna

  • 01 Aug 2016 9:27 AM | Anonymous

    When cementing either a temporary or permanent crown:

    After placing the crown on the tooth, have a wet cotton swab ready to go round the tooth, in order to remove excess cement. After the cement has set for several minutes, take a second wet cotton swab around the margins. Then use an explorer around the margins to remove any remaining cement. Carefully use double knotted floss to go through the contacts to make sure there is no excess cement between the teeth. Make sure you check carefully into the gingival areas.

    By Bonnie Marshall, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, MADAA, BS

  • 01 Jul 2016 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    Taking third molar exposures can be tough. Remember to place the film or sensor as far back as the patient will allow and then place the PID to the distal...a Distal Oblique exposure. Remember to increase the exposure time, as the bone will block the rays.

    By Bonnie Marshall, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, MADAA

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  • 01 May 2016 10:02 AM | Anonymous

    "Never doubt yourself as a dental assistant, always believe in your skills and how you can assist the dentist. Being confident and positive, will help guide you into success."

    From Kandra Luna

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