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BOSTON, MA - April 4, 2013 - The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) wants to reassure the public that dental hygienists maintain the highest standards in infection control to optimize patient safety and health. The isolated incident in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in which an oral surgeon allegedly exposed as many as 7,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C through unsanitary dental practices, in no way reflects the level of care expected of dental hygienists.
CHICAGO, March 29, 2013 – In light of recent news reports concerning a Tulsa, Okla.-based oral surgeon, the American Dental Association (ADA) understands that there may be heightened interest in infection control procedures. Regulations for dental office inspections are determined on a state by state basis by the state dental board.
Most covered entity dental practices will need to review and revise their HIPAA compliance policies, procedures and documents such as Notice of Privacy Practices and Business Associate Agreements to comply by Sept. 23 with regulations effective March 26.
A patient has a mildly painful blister on the tip of the tongue. What is it?
As dentists know, it could be any number of things. To provide patients with accurate information about their symptoms and help them make better-informed decisions about their oral health, the ADA has introduced the ADA Dental Symptom Checker on MouthHealthy.org.
The zombies are here!
Just in time for Halloween, the ADA's "Stop Zombie Mouth" campaign is in full swing with members already placing orders for trading cards to distribute in October.
Published in the February 18, 2012 issue of The Lancet is an account of an elderly Italian woman who contracted Legionnaires' Disease and subsequently died. Scientists investigating her death determined that during the incubation period of her illness, she only left her house twice to visit her dentist. After testing both her home and dentist's office for Legionella bacteria, they found the source of contamination in the water line supplying water to dental devices in the dental office.