Do's and don'ts for infection control
August 24, 2020 -- Dental practices have always had strict infection control protocols. However, in these times, the stakes have never been higher. Practices must stay aware of all the latest rules, regulations, and resources, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
AI-based test diagnoses dental infection-related brain abscess
August 21, 2020 -- A pathogen detection test based on artificial intelligence (AI) was used to diagnose a patient's rare progressive brain abscess caused by a dental infection. Details were published on July 26 in a case report in the World Journal of Clinical Cases. Read More
Will capturing droplets at the source make dental offices safer?
August 19, 2020 -- Wearing personal protective equipment, sending sick employees home, and integrating indoor air quality control strategies, such as air cleaning, can reduce exposure to SARS-CoV-2. However, installing extraction arms can take safety to the next level at dental offices. Read More
Which mouthwashes inactivated SARS-CoV-2 the best?
August 18, 2020 -- Over-the-counter mouthwashes may inactivate SARS-CoV-2, reducing the viral load in patients' mouths for a short period of time and potentially cutting the risk of transmission, according to a study published on July 29 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Read More
'We don't want to die.' RDHs open up to us in latest survey results
August 17, 2020 -- We asked dental hygienists across the U.S. for their thoughts on the current and future states of their profession and the dental industry. In this article, we begin to unveil some of the concerns that we have heard from hygienists about returning to work and their "new normal." Read More
WHO's call to halt oral care in COVID-19 hotbeds gets icy replies
August 14, 2020 -- Associations and dentists are reeling from the World Health Organization's (WHO) recent recommendation to postpone routine dental checkups in areas with community spread of COVID-19 to protect dental teams and patients from potential infection-spreading aerosols. Read More
Is an electric cooker the answer to sanitizing N95s for reuse?
August 12, 2020 -- Dry heat generated by electric rice cookers, pressure multicookers, and ovens may decontaminate N95 respirators, making them safe for reuse, according to an article published on July 15 in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. Read More
Podcast: Dental infection control expert Mary Govoni on new CDC guidance, COVID-19 myths
August 11, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has once again updated and released its guidance for dental practices. We asked dental infection control expert Mary Govoni what the changes mean and also spoke with her about a myth that is circulating regarding your dental patients and COVID-19. Read More
3 tips for improving air quality at the office during COVID-19
August 11, 2020 -- Integrating indoor air quality control strategies into shared areas such as dental offices can reduce the risk of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections, according to an editorial published on July 17 in Science and Technology for the Built Environment. Read More