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Why it’s OK to not be OK right now

In this hard-hitting episode, IgniteDA co-founder Kevin Henry is joined by dental’s pharmacology expert Tom Viola to talk about some of the tough times being endured by dental team members and their patients … and what can be done about it. #TogetherWeRise Dental Assistant Nation · Episode 147: Why it’s OK to not be OK right now

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The link between proton pump inhibitors and dental implants

Dental’s pharmacology expert, Tom Viola, joins the podcast to talk about a link that dentists and team members need to know about between proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and dental implants. He also discusses why PPIs should be included on the patient’s medical history intake form. Dental Assistant Nation · Episode 143: The link between proton pump inhibitors and dental implants

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Thoughts on opioids in the dental practice after the rise of COVID-19

Dental’s pharmacology expert, Tom Viola, RPh, joins the show to talk about a recent study on opioid usage. He also discusses if and how the role of opioids in dental practices has changed after the rise of COVID-19. Dental Assistant Nation · Episode 135: Thoughts on opioids in the dental practice after the rise of COVID-19

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Messaging for dental practices after the pandemic passes

Dentistry will come back after the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it has to remain the same. Tom Viola, RPh, joins the show to talk about what the future may look like and how dental assistants (and dental practices) can plan for it now. #TogetherWeRise Dental Assistant Nation · Episode 121: Messaging for dental practices after the pandemic passes

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The importance of truly listening during the dental intake process

Live from the Seattle Study Club symposium in Phoenix, dental’s pharmacology expert, Tom Viola RPh, joins the show to talk about how medical emergencies in the dental practice can be potentially avoided by listening for red flags from the patient. Dental Assistant Nation · Episode 113: The importance of truly listening during the dental intake process

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Blood Thinners, Anti-Inflammatories, Supplements, & Bleeding: A Danger Zone

Polypharmacy.  That’s a big word used among health care professionals, and it describes a pernicious, complicated, subtle syndrome: Little imbalances and unintended consequences that can add up to big ones as we introduce more and more substances to a patient’s system to help treat or control medical conditions. In other words: Lots of drugs lead to lots of effects–and sometimes …

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How to discuss the oral-systemic connection with your dental patients

Dental pharmacology expert Tom Viola, RPh, is back with a frank discussion about the oral-systemic connection and why it’s time dental practices started talking to their patients about it. He also offers some tips to get the conversation started. #TogetherWeRise #IgniteDA Dental Assistant Nation · Episode 99: How to discuss the oral-systemic connection with your dental patients

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Vaping and what dental assistants need to know

Pharmacologist Tom Viola stops by the show to discuss the recent epidemic of vaping-related illnesses and what dental assistants need to know about vaping and their dental patients. Dental Assistant Nation · Episode 88: Vaping and what dental assistants need to know

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Vitamin E Acetate, EVALI, and A Higher Death Risk in Older Patients

When a few initially “isolated” cases of vaping-associated lung injury were recognized as a wider-spread phenomenon earlier this summer, epidemiologists at the US Centers for Disease Control roared into action. That was–let us not be unambiguous–a very good thing. Soon it became apparent that the symptoms health professionals were seeing in emergency rooms before flu season was the leading edge …