One of the most common patient concerns with orthodontic therapy is the length of time required for treatment. Recent studies have shown that micropulse technology significantly reduces the amount of time required for orthodontic movement. AcceleDent harnesses micropulse technology into an easy-to-use device for patients at home or on the go. FDA-clearance as a Class II medical device means that AcceleDent is a safe way to accelerate orthodontic treatment.
Dental healthcare workers must always follow standard precautions and utilize appropriate infection control protocols to prevent cross-contamination and the transmission of disease. The chain of infection requires that sufficient levels of a pathogen are present to cause disease, that there is a source or reservoir for that pathogen, that a mode of transmission and entry portal are present, and that the host is susceptible. The ability to implement infection prevention protocols is an essential attribute for dental radiography equipment, accessories, and supplies.
The basic elements of the infection prevention cycle necessary to break the chain of infection are the same for dental radiography as for other dental procedures and can be broken down into distinct phases – i.e., those steps taken before, during, and after patient care. As with other procedures, the dental healthcare worker must perform hand hygiene and wear medical gloves, as well as other personal protection equipment as required (mask, protective eyewear and clinical clothing). All staff must be trained in infection prevention procedures and offices must be OSHA-compliant. The sections below address the infection prevention protocol specifically as it relates to dental radiography.
When I was much younger, I remember visiting a “Tomorrowland” exhibit at Disneyland that portrayed what the future might be like. At the end of the exhibit, the announcer said, “Better living through chemistry—brought to you by Monsanto.” Now I’ve come to understand how true this was. Certainly, the world of dentistry today revolves around chemistry. In my opinion, the most notable influence chemistry has had in the dental profession is in adhesive dentistry.