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Dental Assistants Encouraged to Volunteer for Dental Assistants Recognition Week, March 2-8, 2014

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CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2014    — Dental offices throughout the United States and Canada will observe Dental Assistants Recognition Week March 2 to 8.

The American Dental Association (ADA), American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA), Canadian Dental Association and Canadian Dental Assistants Association, along with other related professional organizations and educational institutions, will jointly recognize the observance.

This year’s theme, "Dental Assisting: Embracing the Changes of the Profession," acknowledges both the growing importance of dentistry's role in healthcare and the many ways that dental assistants participate in delivering quality patient care.

"Dental assistants are an integral part of the dental team and manage to balance many responsibilities," said Dr. Kevin Sessa, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice. "They provide quality patient care and soothe patients’ dental anxiety, and their coworkers are grateful for their efforts to help the practice run efficiently."

"Dental Assistants Recognition Week is the time for dentists to recognize these important team members for their dedication to patients and their contributions to the success of the dental practice," said Lori Paschal, president of the ADAA.

Dental assistants will celebrate their contributions to the profession by participating in educational and charitable events and other team activities. Dentists may show their appreciation for dental assistants' diverse contributions to the dental profession and the public by providing perks such as luncheons, flowers or treats.

Dental assistants are encouraged to visit the ADAA's website, dentalassistant.org, to download the kit that includes project and promotional ideas. Dental assistants are also encouraged to document and share their activities with The Dental Assistant, the ADAA journal, for publication consideration by sending their submissions to Michi Trota, managing editor of The Dental Assistant, at mtrota@dentalassistant.org or by completing the form in the kit.

Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to follow the ADA on Twitter @AmerDentalAssn

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.