TRIOLOGY Professional Oral Cleansing & Oral Care line launched

Mar 25, 2014

Antimicrobial, biologic formulations increase potential for accelerated healing and reduced inflammation, infection, and pain.

Tulsa dentist accused of exposing patients to HIV scheduled to face Oklahoma Board of Dentistry in June

Mar 24, 2014

Tulsa dentist Dr. Scott Harrington has been on trial for the last year for putting patients at risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, but it hasn’t been in a courtroom.

Columbia Group points to genetic signature for classifying periodontal disease

Mar 21, 2014

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have devised a new system for classifying periodontal disease. The findings were published recently in the online edition of the Journal of Dental Research.

Wipes receive EPA acceptance for three new kill claims

Mar 10, 2014

PDI Super Sani-Cloth Wipes gains EPA acceptance.

Update on infectious diseases

Feb 21, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an Office of Infectious Diseases whose mission is to lead, promote, and facilitate science, programs, and policies to reduce the burden of infectious diseases. Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS, discusses how the transmission of infectious diseases, such as Hepatitis C, can occur in the dental office.

How clean is your dental office? 5 tips to keep your patients healthy and happy

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Crosstex launches Infection Control Helpline

Feb 14, 2014

Crosstex International is pleased to announce the launch of 8558-STERILE, a new, toll-free Infection Control Helpline. The helpline was established after several infection control breaches made top news headlines in the dental sector.

Registration opens for OSAP's annual infection control symposium

Feb 11, 2014

Registration is now open for the must-attend event of the year for those on the front lines of infection prevention in oral health care. The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) will host its 30th Anniversary Symposium June 5-8 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minn. This landmark educational event addresses emerging and current issues of concern to dental professionals responsible for infection control and patient and provider safety.

February is a busy month for health-care professionals

Feb 7, 2014

With American Heart Month and National Children’s Dental Health Month taking place, February is a noteworthy month for professionals in the health-care profession. FOCUS Editorial Director Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS, addresses these two awareness campaigns in this issue while also giving an update on hygiene efforts at last week’s Yankee Dental Congress held in Boston.

Dentists to address global concern over antimicrobial resistance at IDEM Singapore

Feb 3, 2014

After the publication of alarming reports on antimicrobial resistance both the EU Commission and USA’s Food Drug Administration have recently announced stricter regulations aimed at curbing the overuse of antimicrobials in the hope of slowing the growing menace of antimicrobial resistance. In the light of these recent announcements of the selection of Dr. John Molinari and Prof. Ken Hargreaves to give talks on infection management and alternatives to antibiotics at IDEM Singapore 2014 is if not prescient then certainly both apt and timely.

Three companies join OSAP in fight for infection-control delivery

Jan 24, 2014

Companies to help in fight for safe and infection-free delivery of oral health care.

State-of-the-art dental practice, state-of-the-art infection control?

Jan 22, 2014

Dental patients are much more aware of office's infection control efforts

How to deal with infectious diseases in the dental office: Stay alive by getting a flu vaccination!

Jan 17, 2014

As flu season ramps up, special efforts are needed to help prevent the spread of influenza. Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS, discusses several controls that can be put in place in the dental office.

New approach could 'trick' MRSA into being less deadly, say scientists

Dec 18, 2013

Researchers from the University of Bath (UK) are calling for a new approach to treat the most toxic form of MRSA, which could improve the chances for people who have contracted the infection.

Flu vaccine and cardiovascular health

Nov 1, 2013

With flu season approaching, physicians recommend that people get a seasonal flu vaccine to reduce the chances of influenza infection. Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS, notes that several epidemiological studies have suggested a strong inverse relationship between influenza vaccination and the risk of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events.

Infection control update: Survey reveals sequestration impacting AIDS care while number of patients increases

Oct 31, 2013

HIV care in the United States is suffering as a result of sequestration while the number of AIDS patients is increasing. That is the conclusion of a survey conducted by The AIDS Institute of 131 AIDS organizations in 29 states and the District of Columbia on the impact of sequestration and other budget cuts.

Oral hygiene care for critically ill patients to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia (review)

Oct 18, 2013

Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS, reviews the findings from some studies that have sought to identify the importance of and barriers to effective oral hygiene, as well as implications of poor oral health and the most recommended methods of providing oral care to mechanically ventilated patients.

Are you ready for the next 100 years?

Oct 18, 2013

On the heels of yet another gathering held to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of dental hygiene (covered in this issue), FOCUS Editorial Director Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS, asks, “Are you ready for the changes that will surely affect dental hygiene education practice and licensure?” Besides the hygiene event, Goldie notes that other articles in this issue dealing with nanotechnology and implants, the future of dental hygiene education, and caring for special needs patients in hospitals help address her question.

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