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How to Determine Returning Patients

How do you classify a patient who has returned to a practice after 3 years? I believe this patient should be scheduled for a comprehensive exam with X-rays with the dentist first before seeing me for a prophylaxis. However, one of my…

The Role of Hair Barriers

Hair barriers were used more widely during the pandemic in healthcare settings. Is there any research supporting the use of hair covers in the dental operatory? The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) develops…

How to Keep Instruments Sharp

I am spending lots of time sharpening my instruments. What can I do to help them stay sharp longer? There are two basic sharpening objectives: to produce a sharp cutting edge and to maintain the original contour of the instrument. The…

Strategies to Reduce Aerosol Risk

My office will not allow for four-handed dentistry, and I am concerned about exposures to aerosols. What are some strategies I can implement by myself to reduce this risk? Aerosols became a greater concern when the COVID-19 pandemic…

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