Chemical Indicators for Steam Sterlilization

Sterilizer monitoring happens in various forms. Whether mechanical, chemical, or biological, monitoring should be done every time a sterilization process is performed.   Mechanical monitoring consists of visually checking the sterilizer's gauges, computer displays, or printouts. While observing this information does not guarantee that sterilization has occurred, it is the first step in determining a problem with the process. Mechanical indicators should be recorded each time the sterilizer runs. Need a Sterilizer Monitoring Log? You can find our Sterilizer Monitoring Logbook here. Chemical indicators use heat-sensitive chemicals that change colors when exposed to high temperatures or a specific time. The CDC states...

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Sterilizers in the Dental Setting - What type is the right for your practice?

Cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilization are the most critical elements of infection control to keep your patients and staff safe. Although it may be second nature, maintaining your equipment and instruments should be placed at the top of your priorities. When it comes to sterilization, consider the mechanism of sterility best suited for your practice. When choosing a sterilizer for your office, type, function, make, and capacity are important factors. The dental industry uses several different types of sterilizers or autoclaves. Steam, dry-heat, and chemical vapor sterilizers are common. Every kind of sterilizer has pros and cons. Cost, size, ease of...

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Dental Office Cleaning

Environmental cleaning is fundamental to keeping your practice clean and safe for you, your staff, patients, and patrons that visit. This principle consists of clinical contact and housekeeping surfaces. The dental office is full of areas that sometimes can and sometimes cannot be protected from blood, spatter, and aerosols. Understanding how to protect your workspace and office equipment is essential to reasonable housekeeping procedures. Protection often includes plastic barriers, but what are you using to clean the floors and walls? Your dental office should be equipped with different types of disinfectants and solutions to decontaminate other surfaces.  OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen...

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9 Dental Advertising Principles You Must Follow

Avoid False Claims: The first rule of dental advertising is to steer clear of any false claims. Any statement made in ads should be factually accurate and supported by scientific evidence, or you risk losing the trust of your patients. Be Clear and Concise: Your message should be straightforward and easy to understand. Avoid confusion by keeping your message simple, clear, and concise. Use Visuals: Pictures, diagrams, and graphics can be powerful tools in dental advertising. They can help explain procedures, enhance your message, and even make your ads more memorable. Be Ethical: Advertisements should always be ethical and not...

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Potential Pitfalls of License Renewal

Renewing your dental license should be the easy part of your job, right? It can be if you avoid these potential pitfalls. Renew EarlyDentists are required to renew their licenses every two years and must do so no later than midnight on the day the license is due to expire. Don’t wait until the day your license is set to expire to renew. This does not leave time for  processing delays or to address any issues that may arise. Audit your CE HoursDentists holding an active license must complete a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education.  Confirm your CE...

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