Minimizing aerosols, improving isolation with rubber dam usage as dental practices return to business

By David Rice, DDS, clinical editor

May 29, 2020 -- As my dental practice in upstate New York waits for the green light to return to a full patient load, I am seeing dentists and dental team members around the country implementing rubber dams more and more in an attempt to minimize aerosols. Rubber dam usage is just part of what the ADA's recent guidance suggests for all dental practices.

I applaud those efforts, and I know that I will be doing the same thing when I return to practice soon. Having a rubber dam in place not only lowers the amount of aerosols happening during a procedure but also makes for tremendous isolation, helping me and my team when we have a restorative procedure in progress.

Using a rubber dam isn't something I'm only instituting as we all adjust to dentistry after COVID-19. I've been working with it for quite some time, and I honestly can't imagine practicing without it now.

Today, I want to talk to you about why I think a rubber dam is such an amazing but overlooked piece of the restorative procedure. I also want to show you a product we have been using in our practice for quite some time to help with isolation.

Click below to hear my thoughts and let me show you a step-by-step way to make isolation easier in your practice.

The comments and observations expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the opinions of, nor should they be construed as an endorsement or admonishment of any particular idea, vendor, or organization.

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