See previously published articles authored by Dr. Merijohn on dental office disease transmission prevention.
You use PPE and have administrative and engineering controls in place to help reduce the spread of contaminated aerosol.
You also follow manufacturers recommendations for dental unit waterline (DUWL) disinfection and although these procedures can help reduce microbial volume, the evidence is clear: they do not eliminate DUWL biofilm and therefore, cannot eliminate its risk of disease transmission.
The uncomfortable truth: these measures are not fully protective and do not eliminate infection risk, especially for dental team members and patients who are more susceptible, such as the immunocompromised and those who are considered elderly.
Although these methods can help lessen infection spread from aerosol-generating dental procedures, the most effective strategy for infection protection includes producing less aerosol in the first place.
However, this does not mean we must stop using aerosol-generating devices such as rotary handpieces, power scalers, and air polishers.
We just have to know the facts and practice smarter!
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