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  • 01 Jun 2015 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    I read a great article on www.health.com and would like to share it with you.  With summer coming upon us and kids staying home, our house could fast become a mess.  Here are a few simple items that may help us stay a little bit more clean and healthy, if you don’t already do them.

    1.        Sanitize your sponge or scrub brushes in the dishwasher.  Disinfect your sink and drain twice a week with a tablespoon of bleach to 1 quart of water.  At the end of the week, pour the rest of the solution down the drain.

    2.       Cutting boards are a breeding factory of nastiness, so you really should only use plastic or glass that do not have pock marks.  Throw away your family heirloom wooden ones.  They are just breeding grounds for the plague (that’s what I call every stomach virus I get  ;)  )  When you are done using your cutting board, wash it with hot soapy water, spray it with a 1 to 16 bleach water solution, rinse and put it in the dishwasher.

    3.       Now this part kinda grossed me out to be honest, something I did now know and found out I did not want to know.  You can get E. coli simply by transferring your own unmentionables from the washer to the dryer.  Just make sure your water temperature is set at 150 degrees and you dry them for at least 45 minutes or until the load is dry.  Wash your hands after doing laundry and run a cycle of bleach and water after you do your unmentionables. 

    4.       Your toothbrush… the human mouth contains 100 million microbes per milliliter of saliva, those microbes eat the same food you do!  When you brush those microbes stick to your toothbrush.  After brushing rinse your toothbrush in hot water and stand it up in a glass to it can air-dry.  You can even stick it in the dishwasher once in a while to get sanitized. 

    5.       Your bathtub and shower can carry more germs then your garbage can.  Disinfect it once a week on the bathroom floor and the sides, rinse well and use a squeegee, disinfect the squeegee too.

    6.       Your cell phone and other tech stuff you touch every day (keyboard and mouse) have been found to carry germs, the flu virus and even MRSA.  Use a disinfectant wipe on them.

    7.       The bathroom floor is a germ cesspool.  Fecal spray from flushing lands on the floor and helps germs grow.  Close the lid before flushing and use a bleach based cleanser.  After you wash your mats weekly, make sure they are completely dry, if you have to hang them for a while.

    8.       Your shoes bring in whatever you have stepped on outside.  If you can, remove your shoes outside, wipe your feet on a high quality abrasive mat. Clean your mat weekly and consider the sprays and chemicals you use on your yard.  There are nontoxic, non-chemical options. 

    9.       Your bedroom is where you spend a third of your life, for some people maybe more, others maybe it feels like less (J )  But dust mites seem to be the main problem.  Wash your bedding weekly, and if you haven’t already moved your water temp up, as in example 3, then at least do it for this one and turn your temp up to at least 130 for your bedding.  Maybe even invest in an anti-allergy wrap for your bed.  Wet-mop your floor and all surfaces should be cleaned with a germ fighting solution.  Don’t let any damp clothing lie around for longer than a day.

    10.   Dust can trigger asthma and allergies.  Vacuum the floor, curtains, furniture and bookshelves with a HEPA filter and follow up with an antibacterial wipe or spray.  

                                                                                         Kym Goodell

  • 01 May 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    When was the last time your office had a MORNING HUDDLE?  The morning huddles are very important and most helpful for the regular updating of the staff each day.  The meetings are usually held prior to the first patient or at the end of the day to review and/or look over the next days appointments and patients.  Some of the areas covered could/should include the patient's name, reason for the appointment, medical alerts, financial insurance status for the treatment plan, personal information from staff of past activities, (fear, gagging, etc.....) and any other personal information that might be helpful.  All the information is confidential but very important for staff as to the treatment for the day and future appointments.  The more information available and shared means better patient treatment and good staff communication.  Everyone wins...try them - you will see how important they can be.  Customize for your office and the information that is comfortable.

    Mary Harrison, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, FADAA

  • 14 Apr 2015 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    Thanks for meeting us at the Oregon Dental Conference!

  • 07 Apr 2015 11:39 AM | Anonymous
    Remember to renew your ADAA dues as well as keep your DANB certificates current.
    There are many opportunities for Continuing Education through The DALE Foundation or through ADAA. Courses through ADAA are free to members, use that benefit for yourself.

    The Oregon Dental Conference is just around the corner and there are many opportunities for education. As always ODAA has excellent offerings for you. Stop by the ODAA booth to see what is new. WE welcome questions and are always happy to assist in any way we can. SEE YOU THERE

    Mary Harrison, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, FADAA

  • 03 Feb 2015 9:49 AM | Anonymous
    Organization and anticipation is always the key to being one step ahead of the Dentist. A dentist will always appreciate a dental assistant who can think and react in that manner.

    Kandra Luna, CDA, EFDA, EFODA
  • 03 Sep 2014 1:58 PM | Anonymous
    September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security.  Make a Family Emergency Plan.  www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
    Make an emergency kit for home, work and car.  www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit
    September is also back to school month.  Make sure your child knows what to do in an emergency.  Test their preparedness with this game.  www.ready.gov/kids/know-facts 
    Presented by SSG Kimberly Goodell, CDA, EFDA, EFODA
  • 01 Aug 2014 3:51 PM | Anonymous
    Helpful Tip of the Month: August
    Do you have a product or tip that you would like to share?  
    Send to office@oregondentalassistants.com today!
  • 08 Jul 2014 2:15 PM | Anonymous

    2014 Student Achievement Awards

    Portland Community College - Billie Speicher
    Blue Mountain Community College - Jordawn Wambeke
    Central Oregon Community College - Teri Peasley
    Chemeketa Community College - Carley Angal
    Linn-Benton Community College - Elizabeth Coskey
  • 02 Jul 2014 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    When taking all radiographs including digital be sure and use a cotton roll on the opposite arch, biting surface. This will help stabilize the device, open all contacts and assure that all root tips are caught on the radiograph.

    Sent by: Bonnie Marshall, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, MADAA

  • 03 Jun 2014 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    Radiology: Oral pick.... place in contacts between posterior teeth...Guarantee to open any posterior contact. Place the PID in line with the Oral Pick...direction

    Sent by: Robynne Peterson, CDThis tip is for assistants who use cotton rolls for their patient's comfort during x-rays. One way to secure the cotton roll so it dose not slip is to put a orthodontic band on the cotton roll. Make sure to have the patient bite on the bend that the cotton roll makes to insure a diagnostic film.
    Sent by: Bonnie Marshall, CDA, EFDA, EFODA, MADAA
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