Study shows 1% of dentists had COVID-19, indicating low risk in offices
October 15, 2020 -- The prevalence of COVID-19 among U.S. dentists is estimated to be approximately 1%, indicating that infection control measures likely are enough to cut exposure risk at practices, according to a study published on October 15 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
ADEA, Henry Schein, FEMA launch mask donation program
October 15, 2020 -- The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), Henry Schein, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plan to collaborate on an effort called #Masks4DentEd that will provide dental schools and education programs with KN95 masks for patient care.
Egret unveils hypochlorous acid-generating device
October 12, 2020 -- Canadian-based company Egret has created a device with the same name to generate electrolyzed hypochlorous acid water as an alternative cleaning and disinfection solution.
What happened to Chinese dental teams at the COVID-19 epicenter
October 7, 2020 -- Dental teams at an oral medicine hospital in China did not develop COVID-19 while providing emergency dental treatment during the pandemic, likely due to increased infection control measures, according to a study published on September 27 in the Journal of Dental Research.  Discuss
COVID-19, dental insurance, and more: The top 3rd-quarter articles on DrBicuspid
October 5, 2020 -- Now that we have reached October and the fourth quarter of the year, it's time to take a look back at the previous three months and see which articles were among the most popular with DrBicuspid readers. From COVID-19 to hiring tips, there was plenty to take in and read from July through September.  Discuss
Registration opens for 2021 OSAP Dental Infection Control Boot Camp
October 5, 2020 -- The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has opened registration for the 2021 OSAP Dental Infection Control Boot Camp.
COVID-19 concerns may undermine vaccine rates for seasonal flu
October 1, 2020 -- Only a third of parents believe that the flu vaccine will be more important this year, and 1 in 7 parents will not vaccinate their child due to concerns about COVID-19, according to the results of a new poll. The poll results underscore concerns that there could be a double impact of seasonal flu and COVID-19 this winter.  Discuss
1st saline oral rinse COVID-19 test gets FDA nod
October 1, 2020 -- Dental testing specialist OralDNA Labs has received an emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its saline oral rinse COVID-19 test.
OSHA cites Mass. dental practice for respiratory protection violations
September 28, 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Georgetown, MA, dental practice for respiratory protection violations.
Was COVID-19 a 'perfect storm' for bacterial contamination inside dental unit water lines?
September 22, 2020 -- With September being Dental Infection Control Awareness Month, it seems like the perfect time to discuss dental unit water line (DUWL) safety and what dental practices should know. Did the COVID-19 shutdown create an ideal scenario for bacteria to grow in your DUWLs? Kellie Thimmes of ProEdge Dental Water Labs answers that question.  Discuss