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  • 01 Apr 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Being a dental assistant for many years, I remember way back when..... we would attend monthly meetings for the education program and then the chit-chatting would begin. We all learned more from the networking! Meeting, discussing, learning and making wonderful friendships!

    That is the start of the story here are a couple of hints for Now...

    1. Try to gather with other professionals.
    2. Discuss the two new products in your office or the new program for the computer.
    3. Share something that you're doing in your practice that is working.
    4. Go on line and look up The Dale Foundation for new education. ADAA also has courses available. Get your hours for your CDA renewal, do it early!
    5. Google Helpful Hints. See what other offices are offering their patients. I just did and I'm surprised with the info from teeth brushing, calcium intake, sleep length, daily dose of vitamins of C and D and lots more.
    6. See what others are doing and learn from that.
    7. Offer something new to post for your patients that will make a difference.
    8. Share with us, ODAA, your ideas and what you did!


    Mary Harrison CDA, EFDA, EFODA, FADAA

  • 03 Mar 2016 1:10 PM | Anonymous

     1.    What bacterial spore-former is used to biologically monitor steam sterilization?

            a.  Bacillus subtilis

            b.  Bacillus atrophaeus

            c.  Clostridium perfringens

            d.  Geobacillus stearothermophilus


    2.    What bacterial spore-former is used to biologically monitor dry heat sterilization?

            a.  Bacillus subtilis

            b.  Bacillus atrophaeus

            c.  Clostridium perfringens

            d.  Geobacillus Stearothermophilus



  • 01 Feb 2016 12:34 PM | Anonymous

    Basic Abilities of a Dental Safety Coordinator 

    By Linda Kihs, CDA, EFDA, OMSA, MADAA

    Every dental facility needs a dental safety coordinator.  At a minimum this person should have a basic understanding of:  microbiology; modes of cross-contamination in dentistry; infection prevention and general safety procedures; related governmental regulations and recommendations; and products and equipment available to maintain patient and provider safety.   


  • 01 Nov 2015 2:46 PM | Anonymous

    See the breach of infection prevention and protocol from the picture.  This image depicts action after patient treatment.

    Thanks to Joyce Vaughan, Linda Kihs and model Trina Fowler

    Can you spot all 9?  See the answers below!


  • 01 Oct 2015 2:22 PM | Anonymous


    OSHA's Hazard Communication Guidelines for compliance states:  "Hazard communication will be a continuing program in your facility. Compliance with HCS is not a “one shot deal.” In order to have a successful program, you must assign responsibility for both the initial and ongoing activities that have to be undertaken to comply with the rule."

    Every dental facility needs a Dental Infection Control Coordinator.  At a minimum, this person should:

    • have a basic understanding of microbiology
    • have knowledge in modes of cross-contamination
    • be aware of safety and infection prevention procedures
    • be knowledgeable in government regulations, rules and recommendations: (Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (BPS),  Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), and Center for Disease 
    • know what products and equipment are required for patient and provider safety
    • write and update policies and procedures:  Exposure Control Plan, Hazard Communication Program, list of hazardous chemicals with a Safety Date Sheet 
    • establish a post-exposure system (name, address, phone number and travel directions) to the nearest healthcare facility.  Have all employee documentation relevant to the treatment including employee's medical and vaccination records.
    • make sure all employees are trained upon hiring in regard to chemicals, products and procedures with follow-ups on an annual basis.
    • document and maintain all equipment such as autoclave, eyewash, etc.

    In addition to these specific items, compliance officers also will be asking the following questions in assessing the adequacy of the program: 

    • Does a list of the hazardous chemicals exist in each work area or at a central location?  And, do all employees know where that location is?
    • Are methods the employer will use to inform employees of the hazards of non- routine tasks outlined? 
    • Are employees informed of the hazards associated with chemicals contained in unlabeled pipes in their work areas?  (nitrous and oxygen)
    • On multi-employer worksites, has the employer provided other employers with information about labeling systems and precautionary measures where the other employers have employees exposed to the initial employer’s chemicals? 
    • Is the written program made available to employees and their designated representatives?
    Hazard Communication Guidelines for Compliance U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA 3111 2000 (Reprinted)

    Linda Kihs, CDA, EFDA, OMSA, MADAA

  • 01 Sep 2015 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    It’s that time of year…FLU SEASON!!!

    Here are some simple steps to help you try and stay away from that awful bug!

    1.       Wash your hands often with soap and water or antibacterial hand rub

    2.       Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

    3.       Avoid close contact with sick people

    4.       Practice good health habits.  Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.

    5.       Cover your nose and mouth with a TISSUE WHEN YOU COUGH OR SNEEZE!  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.  If you don’t have a tissue, couch into your elbow or shoulder. 

    6.       If you are sick with flu-like illness, STAY home for at LEAST 24 hours AFTER your fever is gone WITHOUT the use of a fever reducer.

    If you are healthy and have been exposed because someone didn’t follow #6, there are some antiviral medications your doctor can prescribe that may prevent you from falling ill as well.

    There are two different type of flu vaccinations available:

    1.       Nasal spray (live attenuated virus)

    2.       Trivalent or quadrivalent Injection (inactivated form of the virus)

    Buddy it up with a Pneumonia vaccine and you are even less likely to feel the effects and complications of the flu season.

    Join me in the pledge to get your flu vaccine!

    National Flu Vaccine week is December 6-12, 2015! Let’s stay healthy and keep the workforce strong!


    Kym Goodell, CDA, EFDA, EFODA

  • 01 Aug 2015 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    Dental Assistants Play a Role in Cancer Detection

    Dental assistants are valuable members of the dental team and can play a role in helping detect the possible deadly disease of oral cancer.  While obtaining new or recall medical histories or just in casual conversations, a well informed dental assistant can pick up on possible warning signs that must be brought to the dentist's attention.

    • An unusual white or dark spot on the tongue, oral mucosa and/or lip  
    • An ulcer or sore that doesn't heal within 2-3 weeks.
    • Numbness in the lips or mouth
    • An earache on one side that lasts for an unusual amount of time
    • Difficulty or painful when swallowing or chewing
    • A lump or swelling in the mouth or neck area
    • A persistent cough, sore throat or hoarse voice

    Researchers have discovered a link between oropharyngeal cancer and the human papiloma virus number 16 (HPV16).  The HPV link is thought to be responsible for an increase in these cancers in otherwise healthy non-smokers ages 25 to 50.  Other carcinogens such as tobacco and alcohol are also a contributing factor for oral cavity malignancies.  

    Additional information is available on Dentistry iQ.  

    Submitted by:

    Linda Kihs, CDA, EFDA,  OMSA, MADAA

  • 02 Jul 2015 4:44 PM | Anonymous

    A few simple steps to help you stay more hygienic while camping:

    1.       Don’t bring deodorant, it brings out the bugs and other wildlife.  Just use soap and water or hand sanitizer.

    2.       Use hand sanitizer each time you go to the bathroom and before cooking and eating meals.

    3.       Cleaning your whole body:

    a.       Jump in the lake, using a biodegradable soap making sure you are far away from other people using the water.

    b.      A trail shower by stripping down and using biodegradable soap and a wash cloth with several liters of water

    c.       If it’s too cold for the above a sponge bath getting the important parts groin, armpits, and inner thighs.

    No matter which of the above you use, make sure you towel yourself completely dry.  I have a microfiber towel that works wonderfully.

    4.        Why biodegradable soap?   So you don’t promote algae in the lakes and streams.  Remain 200 feet from the water is the best practice, your footprint counts.  Leave No Trace. 

    5.       When to change your clothes?  You should change them when they are damp and let them hang to dry, or at least before you crawl into bed at night.  Rotate your clothing so you always have one set drying if you are the rugged hiker style doing light packing for a longer hike, but pack a clean pair of socks for every day. 

    6.       What should a toiletry kit contain?

    a.       Toothbrush

    b.      Floss

    c.       Toothpaste

    d.      Alcohol gel-based hand sanitizer

    e.      Cotton bandana or wash cloth

    f.        Moist towelettes or baby wipes

    g.       Biodegradable soap

    h.      Absorbent pack towel ( I love my microfiber towel)

    i.         Toilet paper in its own plastic bag

    I found this article on www.backpacker.com  lots of helpful hints and tools there.

     by Kym Goodell

  • 11 Jun 2015 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    BMCC:  Gloria Galvan
    COCC:  Vanessa Mendez
    CCC:     Kristen Church
    LBCC:   Kacie McCracken
    LCC:     Crystal Lopez

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