The Covid-19 pandemic shined a spotlight on contaminated aerosol generation and its airborne disease transmission risk for both clinicians and patients. It clearly established that dental procedure-generated contaminated aerosol is a major occupational health hazard.
Dental hygienists, dental assistants and dentists have genuine safety concerns causing many not to return to work and/or teaching. The negative impact on dental care is palpable throughout North America.
Attempting to decrease aerosol disease transmission risk with PPE, engineering controls and administrative controls remains very important. However, the most effective means to lessen contaminated aerosol disease transmission is to prevent or reduce producing it in the first place.
The major source for the contaminated irrigant that is aerosolized in dental offices is the dental unit waterline (DUWL) biofilm microbiome, a known causative source of serious and sometimes lethal infections, such as Legionnaires’ disease and invasive Mycobacterium infections. It is uncomfortably clear that following manufacturer recommendations for DUWL disinfection eliminates neither its biofilm nor its disease transmission risks.
By thinking about dental practice differently, dental offices can substantially reduce this health hazard by implementing practical and effective aerosol-free and/or aerosol-reduced dentistry methodologies.
Attend this paradigm shifting leading-edge seminar and discover how to immediately create a distinctively safer dental office that attracts safety-oriented dental team members and discerning patients. Get the evidence-based facts, practice safer and thrive!
What you learn:
- Aerosol-reduced and aerosol-free dental hygiene therapy
- State-of-the-art aerosol reduced rotary instrumentation
- Practical three-way water syringe spray substitutions
- Leading edge strategies for practice positioning