Week in Review: Shaming a flosser on social media | Dental assistant dishes on what it's like to work inside DSO | Vaping and oral microbiome

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

It's the first Saturday of March, and here's hoping you're enjoying some nice weather as we creep ever closer to the official start of spring.

This is also the last official day for Dental Assistants Recognition Week. All week on DrBicuspid.com, we have been celebrating the critical role these key members play in the success of the practice and business. We have been posting articles geared toward dental assistants, including this podcast interview with a Massachusetts dental assistant who tells us what it's like to work for a DSO. Having worked in a private practice before starting at Aspen Dental, she has some interesting insights to share.

When it comes to social media, it's always fascinating to see what goes "viral." That includes an Instagram post and video showing a man flossing in public while waiting to catch his flight. The reactions to this act of oral hygiene have drawn a line in the sand between those who think flossing in public is OK and those who think the activity should be reserved for the sanctity of the bathroom. What do you think? Which side are you on?

Social media has also given us a lot of misinformation in regard to the coronavirus and how to best combat it. We asked dental experts for their advice on mask usage and potential mask shortages, and their answers should be seen and adhered to.

On the scientific side, vaping changes a user's oral microbiome and makes the mouth more prone to inflammation and periodontal disease, according to a new study by researchers from the New York University College of Dentistry.

Finally, another week, another infection control breach and lawsuit resulting from it. Three patients who claim they were infected with hepatitis C and HIV from dirty dental instruments are now suing the public health clinics in Texas where they underwent procedures.

Our goal at DrBicuspid.com is to provide you with a wide range of articles from throughout the dental world to help you become better at what you do every day. Drop me a line at [email protected] to let us know how we're doing.

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