Cross-infection in the dental office is a rare issue, but that doesn’t make it less important. Due to a breach of strict guidelines on infection control and cleanliness, there is an increased risk of spreading conditions such as hepatitis and HIV. The consumer-dentist relationship is...

In 2018, then-Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that requires California employers to provide expanded training on sexual harassment prevention to all their personnel by January 1, 2020. Employers of 5 or more employees will have to complete the mandatory 1 or 2 hour training...

The Department of Consumers Affairs (DCA) is a licensing entity that administers more than 3.9 million licenses and more than 280 types of licenses. From veterinarians to dentists, accountants to architects, DCA issues licenses, permits, registrations, and certificates, serving and protecting consumers in various ways: ...

In the case of a licensed dentist, registered dental assistant, or registered dental assistant in extended function becoming addicted to alcohol or drugs, they can enter a confidential program that offers a means of recovery from addiction without the loss of their license. The program...

“How do I meet state requirements for dental assistants when moving from one state to another?” is one of the most frequently asked questions that the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) receives from dental assistants across the U.S. The requirements for dental assistants vary in...

In the opioid epidemic, dentists play an important role that can affect change. Prescribing opioids is far too easy, and dentists are among the leading opioid prescribers. A dentist would often prescribe them as a “just in case medication,” so the patient doesn’t call over...

When choosing a sedative or the technique of administration, we must always base our choice on selecting the right drug for the patient’s needs. After determining that a patient would benefit from sedation, we should proceed to choose the right sedation. Nitrous oxide is just...

According to UNICEF, it is projected that about 360,000 adolescents will die between 2018 and 2030 of AIDS-related diseases. Without additional investments in HIV testing, treatment, and prevention programs, that means 76 deaths per day. The number of people newly infected with HIV (age range...