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  • Julie Schmitt

    If you’re using powdered gloves in your office, you’ll have to stop using them by January 18th. The FDA has issued a new rule banning powdered exam gloves declaring that they “present an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury”. The FDA rule specifically states, “The use of powder on medical gloves presents numerous risks to...

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  • Julie Schmitt

    Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch…I admit I’m a sap for holiday TV specials. I can’t wait until December 1st when it’s “in season” to watch Buddy the Elf spread his elfy cheer and the dysfunctional Griswold family’s holiday antics. One of the newest classics is The Polar Express, where non-believing kids take a magical train ride to the North Pole and...

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  • Samantha Negraval

    She was a pioneer in dental hygiene education, and her contributions to the profession are being remembered and celebrated. Dr. Esther M. Wilkins, author of the seminal “Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist,” passed away at her New Hampshire home on Dec. 12. She had just turned 100 years old 3 days earlier. As reported by The New York...

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  • Julie Schmitt

    There’s always that one person who ruins it for the rest of us. The football team that lets air out of the ball to gain an advantage. The passenger in a car accident who fakes an injury to get a settlement. A college student who cheats on an exam. Even a dentist who wipes off ‘single-use’ burs and uses them again. I’m sure that nearly every...

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  • Julie Schmitt

    Your mouth may be at the dentist, but your brain is surrounded by a sunset in Bali. Thanks to virtual reality, this could be the case in Dr. Mark Olson’s dental office in Newport Beach, CA. Dr. Olson has always worked hard to put his patients at ease, and now he’s added another fascinating tool to his toolbox – a virtual reality system. The...

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  • Samantha Negraval

    Sugar and Caffeine…and dental assistant appreciation in between! The Greater New York Dental Meeting will be a big event for Kerr Dental, which will officially kick off its 125th anniversary celebration at the show. In the upcoming year, Kerr will celebrate the dental professionals who work every day to improve patient smiles. The company...

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