November 2015 - Volume 10, Issue 5
Letter from the Editor
David C. Sarrett, DMD, MS
In this issue, we look at steam sterilization monitoring, something that may seem mundane, but can help you and your staff identify a malfunctioning sterilizer or improper processing procedures. We review how to successfully monitor steam sterilization using physical, chemical and biological indicators. Read more.
Back to Basics: Sterilization Monitoring in the Dental Office
During the busy clinic day, one may not give much thought to the mundane task of sterilization monitoring, but a breach in this important infection control measure can compromise the health of both staff and patients. Sterilization monitoring helps identify a malfunctioning sterilizer or improper processing procedures. This article provides the dentist and staff with information to successfully monitor sterilization using physical, chemical and biological indicators, all of which are necessary to assure effective sterilization. Read the full report.
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ADA Dental Standards Development: Working for You
Have you ever wondered why you can use a size 50 endodontic file purchased from one manufacturer and obturate the canal with a size 50 gutta percha point from another manufacturer? It’s because they comply with dental standards. The ADA establishes baseline standards and technical recommendations for almost every product of modern dentistry, from dental units to sealants to toothbrushes — an important ADA member benefit that is sometimes overlooked. By specifying requirements and test methods, standards help ensure consistent product safety and performance. Read more.
We look at some of the most common product-related questions the ADA’s Science Institute receives each month from ADA members and their staff. Read more.