Category Archive for: ‘California Dental Regulation’

  • Supreme Court Hearing Teeth Whitening Case – Dental Regulations

    According to MSN News, the Supreme Court is considering a case that could have far-reaching consequences to state licensing boards. The case involves the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners (Board), and whether or not it has the authority to limit the practice of …

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  • CDC Ebola Guidance for Dental Healthcare Workers – Infection Control

    With the deadly Ebola virus claiming its first victim on American soil this past week, healthcare providers, including dental professionals, need to be aware of how to screen and manage patients for the disease. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states …

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  • Paid Sick Leave Required in CA – California Regulations

    On September 10, 2014, California Governor Brown signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act (AB 1522) into law. Starting July 1, 2015, all private and public employers, regardless of size, will be required to provide paid sick leave (PSL), with the following stipulations: An employee …

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  • EPA Issues Proposed Rule to Mandate Amalgam Separators

    On September 23, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule to control dental amalgam effluent that will be published in the Federal Register. The rule would require most dentists to install best available control technology, amalgam separators, and adhere to best …

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  • Fake Fingernails – Not a Good Idea in the Dental Office – Infection Control

    While not prohibited, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that dental personnel with direct contact with patients refrain from wearing artificial nails, keeping natural nail tips to no longer than ¼ inch in length. Artificial nails have been implicated in multiple outbreaks …

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  • Safe Needle Handling During Dental Treatment – Infection Control

    In order to prevent needle sticks, OSHA prohibits dental practitioners from performing unsafe work practices during needle handling. During patient care, it is important to always handle contaminated needles safely: Do not pass or accept exposed contaminated needles to/from another person. Do not bend, break, …

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  • Mail-Back Systems for Medical Waste Disposal – Infection Control

    Dentists have options when disposing of medical waste, consisting of red-bag waste and contaminated sharps, generated in their offices. Many states allow medical waste generators to use approved mail-back systems for medical waste disposal, which provide a simple, economical alternative to using a medical waste …

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  • Controling Biofilm in Dental Unit Waterlines – Infection Control

    Biofilms are microbial communities that form on the walls of the small-bore plastic tubing that delivers water from the dental unit through the dental handpieces, scalers, and air-water syringes to the patient. Currently, no quantitative water quality standards specific to dentistry exist to control biofilm …

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  • San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance to take effect on August 13th

    Effective August 13, 2014, businesses with 20 or more employees located or doing business in San Francisco must comply with the city’s new Fair Chance Ordinance. On February 4, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the new local law which implements restrictions on criminal …

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  • FDA Issues Infection Control Reminder About Multiple-Use Dental Dispenser

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory notifying dental practitioners to take care when using dental dispensers on multiple patients. Multiple-use dental dispensers, also called dental “syringes” are devices used to deliver various dental products such as impression materials and adhesives to an …

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