Editor's desk.
Author: Trota, Michi
Pub Date: 11/01/2008
Publication: Name: The Dental Assistant Publisher: American Dental Assistants Association Audience: Academic; Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 American Dental Assistants Association ISSN: 1088-3886
Issue: Date: Nov-Dec, 2008 Source Volume: 77 Source Issue: 6
Accession Number: 207643127
Full Text: The winter cold-and-flu season is back, but so is the Journal's focus on Infection Control. This month, OSAP provides a free CE course that takes an in-depth look at how to implement proper infection control practices and "break the chain of infection." The U.S. Air Force explains its practice of waterline maintenance, and clinical articles address proper care for dental instruments and how to provide oral health care to patients with special needs. You'll also find a new discovery about Staph. bacteria treatment, advice on proper patient care documentation, techniques to manage on-the-job stress, and an examination of community dental health coordination.

As we look ahead to the New Year, the Journal takes a final look at the 2008 ADAA Annual Conference. Our wrap-up presents the 2008-2009 ADAA Officers and District Trustees, as well as a list of awards and event highlights. The conference was a great success and, as SGM Drumm points out in the U.S. Army's feature, it strengthened the ties of the ADAA community even further. As a first-time attendee, I'd like to thank everyone for their warm and gracious welcome. I look forward to working with you all and seeing you again next year in tropical Hawaii!

The upcoming New Year brings with it a new set of changes and challenges--membership growth, utilization of new technology, an unsteady economy--but if there's one thing the ADAA's proven, it's the ability of its members to meet those challenges head on and with success.

The Journal wishes its readers a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year. See you in 2009!
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