Week in Review: EPA issues amalgam rules; Calif. pediatric sedation changes; and hygiene production

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

The biggest news of the week came at its close, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced finalized standards to reduce the discharge of mercury and other metals in wastewater from dental practices into municipal sewage treatment plants. Our coverage includes statements from the ADA and the California Dental Association. Read more here.

Spurred to action by the death last year of a 6-year-old boy under dental anesthesia, the Dental Board of California has proposed strict new recommendations for pediatric sedation and anesthesia. If the rules are passed by California lawmakers, dentists in the state would have to meet new criteria for personnel, education, and permits. Read more here.

Also this week on DrBicuspid.com, Kevin Tighe of Cambridge Dental Consultants offers a list of the top five questions he's been asked about hygiene production, and he explains practical steps you can take to increase this production and grow your practice's revenue. Read more here.

We are pleased to announce the finalists as chosen by our readers for the 2016 Dental Excellence Awards. We want to thank the hundreds of readers who participated in the voting and congratulate the finalists. Winners will be announced in January. Read more here.

And dentistry and dental hygiene lost a guiding force this week as Esther Wilkins, RDH, DMD, died on December 12 at the age of 100. Dr. Wilkins' work has influenced generations of hygienists. Read our coverage here.

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