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Monthly Archives: August 2011

  • California Dental Association Introduces New Infection Control Regulations

    As of August 20th, 2011, Dental Offices in California have new regulations to follow for infection control.

    The complete regulations are available to members from the California Dental Association (CDA) and there have been a number of changes.

    Some of the more significant changes involve sterilization and disinfection of dental instruments.

    For example, there are many specific requirements for sterilization and disinfection of various instruments used in the lab which come into contact with intra-oral appliances.

    A number of changes to hand hygiene have been made as well. Further clarification of the frequency of hand washing is spelled out, and heavy duty puncture-resistant utility gloves are required for processing and cleaning of instruments prior to sterilization. Many dental health workers prefer the more comfortable and readily accessible dental exam gloves for these tasks as they aren’t as bulky and generally fit better. However, regular dental exam gloves can not be used for instrument processing according to the new regulations of the CDA.

    The changes in hand washing protocol make it more important than ever for dental health workers to take care of their hands to avoid drying and chapping. American Dental Accessories pH Natural® 5.5 dental exam gloves can help avoid drying and chapping associated with frequent hand washing.

    Another addition to sterilization is the requirement that packages be marked with the date of sterilization. Date marking is also required for non-critical items that are disinfected with the date of disinfection.

    For more information, California dentists should contact the CDA.

  • Unintended Dental Exam Glove Durability Test

    Often times, we find out about the durability of our products in strange ways.

    I like to wear our dental exam gloves while I am doing Air Techniques Peri Pro Transport Rack refurbishing.  The film transports sit in chemicals and I wear the latex free gloves so that I am not in direct contact with the chemical residue left on the racks.

    One day, as I was working on a transport, I realized I needed a tool that I did not have with me.  Upon entering the room where the tool was, my glove got caught on a screw on the door.  The glove stretched about 3 feet before I had realized I was caught and then suddenly the glove came snapping back.

    While that experience woke me up, I realized upon looking at the nitrile glove that it had not ripped a hole where it had been caught on the screw.  Pretty durable if you ask me.

    If you’d like to try a free sample of our dental exam gloves, please call one of our friendly representatives at 800-331-7993 and choose from any the styles we are offering.

    Wayne Diercks

    Technical Support and Repairs

  • Custom Sample Packs of Dental Gloves Available

    Custom Sample packs available for our Premium Dental Glove line.  Please contact us with size and style preference.