Is an electric cooker the answer to sanitizing N95s for reuse?
August 12, 2020 -- Dry heat generated by electric rice cookers, pressure multicookers, and ovens may decontaminate N95 respirators, making them safe for reuse, according to an article published on July 15 in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.  Discuss
Podcast: Dental infection control expert Mary Govoni on new CDC guidance, COVID-19 myths
August 11, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has once again updated and released its guidance for dental practices. We asked dental infection control expert Mary Govoni what the changes mean and also spoke with her about a myth that is circulating regarding your dental patients and COVID-19.  Discuss
3 tips for improving air quality at the office during COVID-19
August 11, 2020 -- Integrating indoor air quality control strategies into shared areas such as dental offices can reduce the risk of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections, according to an editorial published on July 17 in Science and Technology for the Built Environment.  Discuss
Are bug wing-inspired antimicrobial implants coming?
August 10, 2020 -- Medical technology company Anisop and the University of South Australia plan to use nanoengineering concepts to develop new antimicrobial dental implants that mimic the surface of insect wings resistant to infection.  Discuss
NY governor tells insurers they should seek PPE refunds from providers
August 7, 2020 -- Dental insurance expert Teresa Duncan details recent guidance released from the state of New York's Department of Financial Services. The department has received numerous complaints regarding dental practices charging for personal protective equipment (PPE).  Discuss
Q&A with Dr. Sam Low on dental aerosols, lasers, and the role of the hygienist after COVID-19
August 6, 2020 -- In a one-on-one interview, Dr. Sam Low chats with Editor-in-Chief Kevin Henry about a number of topics, including the future of dental hygiene as well as how dentistry has changed since the COVID-19 disruption.  Discuss
OSAP announces new board of directors
August 6, 2020 -- The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has announced its 2020-2021 association board of directors.
Podcast: COVID-19, the oral-systemic link, and the medical history form
August 3, 2020 -- In this podcast, we talk to Tom Viola, RPh, who battled COVID-19 earlier this year. With his perspective and knowledge of pharmacology, we talk about COVID-19's impact on dentistry, the importance of the medical history form, the oral-systemic link, and many topics in between.  Discuss
Odontologist, engineer design suit to protect dental professionals
August 3, 2020 -- A dentist and an engineer in Mexico have teamed up to design a suit that protects medical professionals treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dental HR expert: Can employers force employees to sign a COVID-19 liability waiver?
July 30, 2020 -- In the human resources world, dental HR expert Tim Twigg says simply that "employees cannot waive their rights under the law." He dives into the concept of employees signing a COVID-19 liability waiver and what dentists as well as those employees need to know about it.  Discuss