DentalEZ introduces hands-free aid to help clear aerosols
March 5, 2021 -- DentalEZ has introduced a high-volume evacuator holder that it said will help clear microscopic droplets during aerosol-generating procedures without the need for supplemental staff. Read More
New OSHA standards, unannounced inspections may be coming
March 2, 2021 -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may soon issue new infectious disease standards that include unannounced inspections at dental practices, according to a February 26 session at the virtual 2021 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
Air Techniques debuts ventless systems at Chicago Midwinter
March 1, 2021 -- Dental equipment manufacturer Air Techniques launched a new ventless vacuum system series at the virtual Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
One-third of countries allow dentists to give COVID-19 vaccines
February 26, 2021 -- One-third of countries around the globe have granted dentists permission to administer COVID-19 vaccines as part of national rollouts, according to results from a survey released on February 24 from the FDI World Dental Federation's COVID-19 Task Team. Read More
A mid-Midwinter update from the DrBicuspid editors
February 26, 2021 -- The Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting is just about halfway through. Editor-in-Chief Theresa Pablos and Associate Editor Melissa Busch took a break from their coverage to provide an update on the clinical content, virtual format, and what to expect on the website next week. Read More
Dentists: Change your role, the world as COVID-19 effects linger
February 25, 2021 -- The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines may solve many of the short-term issues the world has grappled with during the pandemic, but problems caused by the outbreak will continue to ripple for years, according to a February 25 presentation at the virtual Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
How safe are aerosol-generating devices during the pandemic?
February 25, 2021 -- COVID-19 has made us rethink our norms, including the use of powered dental tools. Hygienist Karen Davis sat down with to discuss the safety of aerosol-generating devices -- a topic she's also speaking about at the virtual 2021 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Read More
COVID-19 pushed 1 in 12 dental hygienists out of the workforce
February 24, 2021 -- One in 12 dental hygienists dropped out of the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, which could lead to a possible hygienist shortage, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene. Read More
Antiviral agents may reduce virus spread from ultrasonic scalers
February 23, 2021 -- Using a clinical antiviral agent with an ultrasonic scaler may mitigate the spread of viruses -- such as SARS-CoV-2 -- that can occur due to aerosolization, according to a study published February 13 on the preprint server bioRxiv. Read More
Are you talking to your patients about 'COVID tongue'?
February 19, 2021 -- SARS-CoV-2 infection may be associated with geographic tongue, which some patients are referring to as "COVID tongue," according to a letter to the editor published February 12 in the British Dental Journal. Read More