CDC Further Updates Its Infection Control Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have further updated their Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response. The recommendation to wait 15 minutes after completion of clinical care and exit of each patient without suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to begin to clean and disinfect room surfaces has been […]

ADHA Releases Guidance for Returning to Work

As states across the nation begin allowing dental practices to reopen, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) offers hygienists interim guidance for returning to work. The guidelines include recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the ADA, and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). The guidance covers: What dental hygienists should […]

ADA Says Non-Emergency Treatment Should Be Postponed

Richard Gawel The ADA is calling upon dentists nationwide to postpone elective procedures and restrict treatment to emergency and other necessary procedures for the next three weeks, and other professional organizations concur. The ADA’s Recommendations According to the ADA, concentrating on emergency care will allow dental professionals to care for their emergency patients and alleviate […]

Counselor’s corner: The good, the bad, the rude-managing difficult patients

Have some of your patients been hitting the “jerk workshop”? These kind of behaviors can mask dental anxieties. Here’s how to defuse the situation. Kandice Swarthout, MS, RDH, LPC © Candybox Images – Editor’s note: Counselor’s Corner is a recurring column by Kandice Swarthout in the RDH evillage e-newsletter. Subscribe here. An acquaintance of mine owns a kettlebell […]

How you handle mistakes in dentistry determines how good you are as a dentist

Dr. Craig Harder learned that how you handle your mistakes—both clinical and managerial—determines your long-term success as a dentist. Here’s his advice. Craig Harder, DDS After 24 years in dentistry, I’ve seen some really bad dental work come through my office. Most of it mine! I’ve taken enough continuing education courses and looked over the […]

Do you have a strategy for your dental practice?

Roger P. Levin, DDS Planning for the future is a very important step for dentists. Setting goals keeps the team motivated and focused. What are your long-term goals? Setting them up is easier than you think. Levin Group research shows that practices performing in the top 10% nearly always have a defined strategic plan. What’s […]