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...

Regardless of the confirmed or suspected infection status of a patient, there are minimum infection prevention practices (known as Standard Precautions) that apply to all patient care. These practices serve their purpose of protecting healthcare personnel (including Dental Healthcare Personnel) and preventing them from spreading...

Hepatitis is a slowly-developing inflammation of the liver tissue. There are five types of hepatitis (type A, B, C, D, and E). The infection can be acute and chronic, and every kind of hepatitis is a different type of virus. Types B and C are...

Dental personnel, including auxiliaries, are always at risk from cross-infection. The mouth is a permanent source of microorganisms that can be transmitted and infect others. The dental profession has traditional standards for cross-infection control, but with more recent concerns by the public and the profession,...

As a dental assistant, you'll be working under the direct supervision of a dentist. Your duties will include patient preparation for dental work, preparing equipment for procedures, chairside assistance, infection control, and a host of other tasks. As a front desk assistant, you may also...

Radiography is an indispensable tool used in dentistry. It allows for the detection of diseases and other abnormalities, as well as the monitoring of disease progression over time. Nevertheless, ionizing radiation, commonly referred to as X-rays, carries an inherent risk of harm to the patient....

Infection control represents specific procedures required for a healthcare setting as a means of preventing the spread of disease. A series of particular recommendations developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is to be used in all dental offices across the country. Every dental specialist...

Several myths and misconceptions are circulating out there in regards to dental hygiene. While this is true for pretty much everything, when it comes to your oral health, it's best to separate fact from fiction so that you don't regret it down the line. To that...

Missing teeth can affect not only your smile and self-confidence but also your overall oral health. Tooth loss will sometimes lead to further problems such as misalignment of other teeth as well as the deterioration of the entire jawbone. Luckily, however, with more recent developments in...