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ADA statement on infection control in dental settings
American Dental Association
In light of recent news reports concerning a Tulsa, Okla.-based oral surgeon, the American Dental Association (ADA) understands that there may be heightened interest in infection control procedures. Regulations for dental office inspections are determined on a state by state basis by the state dental board. The ADA has long recommended that all practicing dentists, dental team members and dental laboratories use standard precautions as described in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings guidelines. Studies show that following proper infection control procedures greatly reduces risk to patients to the point of an extremely remote possibility.
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See related story: Oklahoma's dental law lacking enforcement clout
(The Associated Press via The San Francisco Chronicle)

'The Doctor Oz Show': Features sensationalistic segment on dental amalgam
American Dental Association
"The Dr. Oz Show" aired a segment March 28 which may alarm dental patients about the safety of dental amalgam, the ADA said in an Issues Alert emailed to its members. The nationally syndicated daytime health talk show is hosted by cardiothoracic surgeon Mehmet Oz, M.D.
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Dental amalgam: Anti-mercury movement pushes for shift in dentistry
Chicago Tribune
Silver tooth fillings have been placed in the mouths of Americans since before the Civil War, an inexpensive, durable and reliable material that helped form the foundation of modern dentistry. For nearly as long, they've been a source of controversy.
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Achieving success in the workplace as dental assistants
Carolyn Breen, ADAA President

As dental assistants and valuable members of the dental health team, it is important to master the skills of being an effective coworker. In performing a self–assessment, which is critical for our enhancement and growth, dental assistants should consider the following characteristics relative to their performance and personal work ethic. A skilled team member is one who is not only able to produce desired results themselves but, to also assist in moving others into action. In order to do so, we need to be supportive, respectful and encouraging to others. Effective oral and written communication skills are essential. To work effectively in teams, support and collaboration are necessary.

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Lesson learned: How the dental assistants at the heart of the Tulsa, Okla., oral surgeon fiasco affect you and your career
Unless you've been hiding under a rock the last few days, we've all heard about the Tulsa, Okla., dentist, Dr. Scott Harrington, who allowed his staff to perform illegal procedures, among numerous other violations. The dental assistants at the forefront of this argument claim they were sent to seminars in Chicago to be trained on IV sedation, although it is not legal for dental assistants to perform IV sedation in Oklahoma. They claim they were doing what they were told to do by their employer … just doing their job. Have you ever questioned your employer about something you were told to do?
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PureLife Dental recently launched the 50-Second Solution, a next-generation surface disinfectant that kills tuberculosis in 50 seconds flat. Officially known as BioSURF, the product is non-toxic, making it safe for use around staff and patients. The 50-Second Solution is available in a 24oz spray and a 5L bottle. MORE

Dental bib clips can harbor oral and skin bacteria even after disinfection
Researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and the Forsyth Institute published a study that found that a significant proportion of dental bib clips harbored bacteria from the patient, dental clinician and the environment even after the clips had undergone standard disinfection procedures in a hygiene clinic.
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Steering clear of infectious microorganisms in the dental office
Inside Dental Assisting
Oral fluids such as blood and saliva, which are encountered regularly during dental procedures, can harbor infectious microorganisms. Between patients, dental team members, and other visitors to the office, the dental office presents numerous opportunities for transmission of these organisms. Potentially infectious microorganisms may be present in the oral fluids of patients, in the body fluids, or on the hands of dental healthcare personnel, and on environmental surfaces.
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Patient handout: Tips for good oral health during pregnancy
Inside Dental Assisting
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center now offers a handy tip sheet for mothers for taking care of their oral health during pregnancy. This can be a useful guide to share with your patients.
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DANB statement on delegating duties to dental assistants
PRWeb via Inside Dental Assisting
On March 28, the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry filed a 17-count complaint against a Tulsa, Okla., oral surgeon, with charges of being a menace to public health and of gross negligence. Specific allegations include using rusty instruments, reusing needles, not properly sterilizing instruments, not properly maintaining or using the autoclave, using expired medications, keeping incomplete drug logs and allowing unlicensed dental staff to start IVs. Dental offices across the United States will likely receive an increase in questions regarding delegation of dental assisting duties, including infection control requirements.
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Proposed bill for registration of dental assistants in Nevada to be heard Wednesday, April 3
Shari Peterson, RDH, M.Ed., Nevada Dental Hygienists Association-Legislative Chair
The Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association has put forth AB 324 to the Nevada Legislature which would require all dental assistants in Nevada to have specific education and accountability in radiation safety and infection control. The bill asks for dental assistants to obtain and maintain CPR certification and also to successfully pass a jurisprudence test on the Nevada Dental Practice Act.

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Dental Economics' Infection Control columnist: Reassure patients about the safety of dental procedures after Tulsa, Okla.
Dentistry IQ
Recent news reports of an Oklahoma oral surgeon who may have exposed as many as 7000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C over the past six years. The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry conducted a surprise investigation of the dentist’s two offices as a result of a patient who tested positive for HIV and hepatitis C. This patient had no known exposure risks except for treatment in the dental facility.

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Patients of Tulsa, Okla., oral surgeon line up to get tested
The Associated Press via MSN
About 150 to 200 patients of a Tulsa, Okla., oral surgeon accused of unsanitary practices queued outside a health clinic, hoping to discover whether they had been exposed to hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS. Letters went out in stages to 7,000 patients who had seen Dr. W. Scott Harrington during the past six years — warning them that poor hygiene at his clinics created a public health hazard.

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Study: Dental anesthesia may interrupt development of wisdom teeth in children
Researchers from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine have discovered a statistical association between the injection of local dental anesthesia given to children ages two to six and evidence of missing lower wisdom teeth. The results of this epidemiological study, published in the April issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association, suggest that injecting anesthesia into the gums of young children may interrupt the development of the lower wisdom tooth.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

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An Interview with Diane Grondin (ADAA)
Brenda Trammel leaves bookkeeping to find a career as dental assistant (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Fewer adults visiting the dentist (American Dental Association)

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