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SALIVA CONTAMINATION: Achieving Isolation to Avoid its Adverse Effects

Categories: Infection Control

Author(s): Christopher Canizares DMD

Despite its importance for dental health and normal digestive function, saliva can have an adverse effect on restorative materials and dental...
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Reprocessing and Maintenance of Handpieces and Attachments: Following the Recommendations

Categories: Infection Control

Author(s): Dr. Fiona M. Collins, BDS, MBA, MA

Instrument reprocessing of handpieces and attachments is an essential component of infection control and is based on the CDC guidelines. It is...

Dental Amalgam: Strategies to Reduce Its Environmental Impact

Categories: Infection Control

Author(s): Dr. Fiona M. Collins, BDS, MBA, MA

Dental amalgam has proved to be a durable restorative material. However, it also is a source, albeit a minor one, of the mercury released into the...

Testing, Treating and Managing Dental Unit Waterlines

Categories: Infection Control

Author(s): Kevin D. Plummer


Dental unit waterlines supply water to handpieces, air-water syringes, ultrasonic scalers, the cuspidor and the rinsing cup. Due to the nature...