Waterline Cleaner Prevents Oral Infection

The Los Angeles Times reports that at least one confirmed patient at the Children’s Dental Group in Anaheim, California was diagnosed with mycobacterium abscessus.  This bacteria can cause dental abscesses and also harm soft tissue and bone in the body.  The Orange County Health Care Agency traced the source of these […]

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How to Prevent Allergic Reactions to Gloves

Allergic Reactions to Gloves: It’s Not Just about Latex According to Medical Director and SmartPractice CEO, Curt Hamann, MD, your skin is your most important protection against pathogens. But if you’re sensitive to some of the chemicals used throughout the dental office, you can compromise your best protective barrier. The […]


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Master Infection Control in Your Practice

NEW Summary of Infection Prevention Practices This March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings:  Basic Expectations for Safe Care. OSAP describes this document as “a plain language summary” of its 2003 (and later) guidelines for infection control. Healthcare workers should use this […]


Stretches for Dental Hygienists

Why Stretches for Dental Hygienists Matter According to the West Coast District Dental Association, pain in dental workers has been on the rise since the 1960’s. Studies have shown that longer procedures and fewer breaks are contributing to muscular imbalances, decreased blood flow(ischemia) and impaired vertebral disk movement, as well […]

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Having an allergic reaction to your gloves?

Prevent an Allergic Reaction to Nitrile, Latex and Chlorprene Gloves According to Medical Director and SmartPractice CEO, Curt Hamann, MD, your skin is your most important protection against pathogens. But if you’re sensitive to some of the chemicals used to make the gloves you’re wearing, you can compromise your best […]


3 Ways to Leverage Dental Supplies in National Craft Month!

Use National Craft Month as an opportunity to enforce good dental hygiene in ways kids love! From animal puppets to water play, counting to contests, here are three ways to get kids comfortable with key Dental Supplies. You’ll help keep them healthy for years to come when you incorporate these activities at […]

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Introducing Mr. Thirsty One-Step: Saving You Time, Costs and Labor

Mr. Thirsty One-Step is a hands-free isolation device that evacuates and retracts the tongue and cheek, giving the practitioner an unobstructed view of the quadrant being worked on. Compiled from data gathered in a time and motion study involving four doctors and 40 procedures, evidence suggests that this device saves […]


10 Easy Ways for the Best Children’s Dental Health Month Yet!

During the month of February, do your part to support Children’s Dental Health Month. Set kids up for a lifetime of excellent dental health by making your practice THE place for exceptional, worry-free pediatric dentistry. Ease dental anxiety and turn your office into a kid-friendly zone in these 10 easy […]

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Dental in the News: Fluoridated Water and Fluoride Varnish

Better Dental Health for 70 years Better dental health doesn’t just depend on dentistry. To prove it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim that community water fluoridation is one of the “ten great achievements of the 20th century.”  This triumph in public health has contributed to the fact that “each generation born […]