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It's time for dental office safety checks

As Mother Nature prompts us to spring forward March 10, so too should dentists perform routine safety checks in their offices.

The ADA Safety Awareness Campaign reminds dentists and members of the dental team to regularly inspect equipment and supplies in the dental office.

"Equipment safety is necessary to providing the best possible dental care, and it's in the best interest of dentists, staff and patients," said Dr. Michael Edwards, a member of the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure who chaired the former Ad Hoc Committee on a Safety Awareness Campaign. "As the clock changes, we're taking an opportunity to remind members to perform the first of twice-yearly safety checks on dental equipment and supplies."

Dr. Edwards' committee developed a safety checklist that members can use as a guide. The checklist includes guidance on how to safety check nitrous oxide equipment, X-ray equipment, automatic external defibrillators, dental unit waterlines, sterilization equipment, amalgam recovery protocols, and medications in medical emergency and drug kits.

Download a copy of the Safety Checklist for Dental Equipment at ADA.org/1692.aspx.