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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 Cullen

    How do you protect all the equipment in your dental practice from cross contamination? Wherever you look, there are nooks and crannies where saliva, blood, and other contaminates can hide out. Everything from computer keyboards and cables to dental lights and patient chairs. One of the best ways to keep all your equipment clean is to cover it....

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  • Julie Schmitt

    We all agree that most dental offices dispose of amalgam, which is used in patients’ fillings. And it’s common knowledge that amalgam contains mercury and that mercury is dangerous to the environment. But did you know that dental practices are the main source of mercury discharge into publicly owned treatment works (sewage treatment plants)?...

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  • Julie Cullen

    Zirc knows how to make life easier for dental practices. All of their organizational products streamline a practice, saving space and making tasks easier. And they’ve done it again with the new Slim 8-Place E-Z Jett Cassette. Like all E-Z Jett Cassettes, the Slim 8-Place version is autoclavable to extend the life of your instruments by...

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  • gail weisman

    Last week we shared the story of the bad-apple VA dentist who potentially infected as many as 600 patients by not following infection control protocol. Today, there's an update. He has resigned, just before he would have had to appear before a VA Review Board . Acting VA director Victoria Brahm said, "Although we cannot prevent the...

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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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