In this issue:

         Dental News  •  Patient Resources  •  Standards and Rules  •  Practice Management Tips

Dental News

Team approach provides better care for children with Cleft Lip and Palate
Children with a cleft lip or cleft palate are more likely to receive recommended age-appropriate health care when that care is provided by an interdisciplinary team rather than an individual provider.
Source: News Wise

Global database needed to guarantee identification of victims in mass disasters
An expert in forensic anthropology argues that the database should include computer records of citizens such as anthropological data, physiognomic characteristics, medical information, radiographic files, dental records and numbers of different identity documents.
Source: Medical News Today

Formula for making teeth will soon be found, researchers say
Each cusp of our teeth is regulated by genes which carefully control the development. A similar genetic puzzle also regulates the differentiation of our other organs and of all living organisms. A team of researchers at the Institute of Biotechnology of the University of Helsinki has developed a computer model reproducing population-level variation in complex structures like teeth and organs. The research takes a step towards the growing of correctly shaped teeth and other organs.
Source: Science Daily

Patient Resources

Wear mouth guards on slopes: dentists
When Alexandre Bilodeau finished his high-flying Olympic freestyle moguls event to win the gold medal, the bright white of his mouth guard couldn't have been a better advertisement for the importance of wearing that hardware, experts say.
Source: CBC News

Green tea may boost oral health, reduce tooth loss
Drinking one cup of green tea may improve dental health and reduce the risk of loosing teeth by about 20 per cent, according to a new study from Japan.

Congress passes sweeping health reform containing significant oral health provisions
ADHA has been involved in the national dialogue on health reform for more than a year, as legislation has been drafted and debated. The association has not taken a position for or against health reform, but has been guided by ADHA Statement on Health Reform which asserts that if Congress undertakes comprehensive health reform, oral health provisions should be included as oral health is a vital component to individuals' total health.  
Source: American Dental Hygeinists Association

Dental Radiography Equipment - Standards and Rules

Are you aware of the laws in your state or province regarding the use of dental x-ray equipment?

In Alberta, clinic radiation equipment must follow the rules outlined by the Alberta Dental Association +College (ADA+C).
• If you own any x-ray machines, they must be registered with the ADA+C.
• It is your responsibility, not the supplier's, to register with the ADA+C.
• If you do not have a certificate for your equipment, you are operating your equipment illegally
• If you repair, relocate or purchase new equipment, it must be inspected by a licensed inspection agency. (suppliers are not licensed to inspect equipment).
• You must use Dosimeter Badges in your clinic.

Read more in the ADA+C newsletter here

Practice Management Tips

Reporting Needlestick Injuries Using Fields of Code Dental 2.0

Workers in dental offices may be at risk for exposure to blood borne pathogens including Hepatitis B and C, and HIV. US data has placed the annual incidence of needlestick injuries among health care workers at 10%¹. The Canadian Needle Stick Surveillance Network (CNSSN) reported a 3% risk for nurses and a 10% risk for doctors².

Many Canadian provinces³ and US states⁴ have passed safety regulations which require reporting and a post-exposure protocol. Information required in a needlestick (or sharps) injury log is usually a minimum of:
• The type and brand of device involved in the incident
• The department or work area where the exposure incident occurred
• An explanation of how the incident occurred

Fields of Code provides a basic Needlestick Injury report template for the logging of sharps injuries. The report comes in two versions: confidential and full details. The reports can be downloaded from our website in the Fields of Code Download Library. Scroll down the Reports, Importable section and look for the Needlestick Report templates, ID: 4TM8 (all details) and ID: 4TM9 ( this report will only identify the employee by their employee ID to ensure confidentiality and to encourage reporting).

All of our report templates are free. To download them you are only required to complete a free, one-time registration.
Source: Fields of Code Library


1. Porta C, Handelman E, McGovern P. Needlestick injuries among health care workers: a literature review.
    AAOHN J 1999;47:237-44. 

2. Update - Surveillance of health care workers exposed to blood, body fluids and bloodborne pathogens in
    Canadian hospital settings: April 1, 2000 to March 31, 2002
    Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada Communicable Disease Report

3. Canadian Sharps Safety Regulations
    BD Canada

4. Bloodborne Pathogens
    United States Department of Labor

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