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Practical How To: How do you clean your light curing unit?

This post was prepared in collaboration with BlueLight Analytics On an experimental basis, we have asked a limited number of companies to provide us with practical “How To” answers to clinical questions. We were prompted to conduct this experiment when dental team members told us that they visit company websites and consult company representatives for practical clinical information. We look forward to receiving your feedback on this experiment.  Please refer to your specific Light Curing Unit (LCU) “Directions for Use” to find the curing light maintenance and care instructions. If maintenance instructions have not been provided or are not accessible ...

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Findings of the WHO 2014 Report on Antibiotics Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an increasingly serious threat to global public health. AMR develops when a microorganism (bacteria, fungus, virus or parasite) no longer responds to a drug to which it  was originally sensitive. This means that standard treatments no longer work; infections are harder or impossible to control; the risk of the spread of infection to others is increased; illness and hospital stays  are prolonged, with added economic and social costs; and the risk of death is greater—in some cases, twice that of patients who have infections caused by non-resistant bacteria.

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Do bib clips pose a cross-contamination risk at the dental clinic?

This summary is based on the article published in the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry: Do Bib Clips Pose a Cross-Contamination Risk at the Dental Clinic? (August 2012)

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Quick Fact: How do you clean/disinfect your extra-oral camera?

This question was submitted by a general dentists: How do you clean/disinfect your Canon G12 extra-oral camera?

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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV): A New Emerging Disease

This post was prepared by Dr. Nita Mazurat, representative of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP)

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Should dentists be concerned about exposure to human papillomavirus?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: Should dentists be concerned about exposure to human papillomavirus? This information is adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and reviewed by Dr. Nita Mazurat, representing the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) Due to increased knowledge, increased publicity, and increased concern by the public, dentists need to be able to discuss human papillomavirus infections with their patients. The following is a short review of articles that can be found on the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) on HPV. It is highly recommend to also use the Center ...

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FAQs: What is contact dermatitis and latex allergy?

This information is adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and reviewed by Dr. Nita Mazurat, representing the  Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP)  What is contact dermatitis?

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FAQs: What is the risk of bloodborne pathogens (e.g., hepatitis B virus (HBV) and HIV) being transmitted through aerosols generated during the use of an ultrasonic scaler or high-speed dental drill?

This information is adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website A visible spray is created during the use of rotary dental and surgical instruments (e.g., handpieces, ultrasonic scalers) and air-water syringes.

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