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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…

Mouthrinses for High-Risk Kids

How effective are antimicrobial mouthrinses in reducing caries prevalence among children assessed as high risk? Caries is a multifactorial disease caused by oral microorganisms acting upon sugars and carbohydrates in the presence of…

One-Time Subgingival Irrigation

Should I use chlorhexidine or stabilized chlorine dioxide for one-time subgingival irrigation after scaling and root planing? Chlorhexidine gluconate (0.12%) is known as the gold standard for antimicrobials due to its demonstrated…

Appropriate Compensation

Each day I am in the clinic at 7 am, treating patients between 8 am and 6 pm. The owner of my practice has stated that I cannot bill the morning meeting hours, instrument cleaning hours, and any time past 6 pm. It takes me a few hours to…

How to Discuss Fees With Patients

How can I ascertain whether the fees for the procedures I am providing are appropriate? I have had patients ask me about the costs involved for specific treatments and I am not sure how to handle this. Dentists can charge whatever they…

Improve Your Ergonomics

I have been working in clinical practice for almost 5 years. I am starting to experience pain in my hands, arms, and shoulders. I use loupes and a headlamp. My dentist wants to improve the ergonomics of my operatory. What should I…

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