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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…

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…

Preventing Cross-Contamination

What are some effective strategies to reduce the risk of cross-contamination in the dental operatory? The dental operatory is a prime source of infection, so surfaces in this area must be properly disinfected to avoid cross…

Ensuring Safe Mask Selection

I am currently temping in different offices where I find a variety of mask choices. While, the N95 is top of the line, I am most often provided with a level 3 surgical mask. What is your opinion about wearing a level 3 mask under the face…

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