As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, the importance of following proper infection Control protocol will be enforced in dental practices. One way to help protect your staff and patients is through the use of dental dam on both basic and advanced procedures. For decades dental dam has been used to provide greater visibility and access to the work-site as well as keep the field of work dry.
The oral environment is inherently wet with saliva that continuously replenishes the fluid in the mouth. The fluids in the mouth are grossly contaminated with bacteria and viruses. Dental plaque, both supragingival and in the periodontal pocket, is a major source of these organisms. It should not, however, be overlooked that the mouth also is part of the oronasal pharynx. As part of this complex, the mouth harbors bacteria and viruses from the nose, throat and respiratory tract. These may included various pathogenic viruses and bacteria that are present in the saliva and oral fluids. Any dental procedure that has the potential to aerosolize saliva will cause airborne contamination with organisms from some or all of these sources. (Aerosols and splatter in dentistry: Stephen K. Harrel, D.D.S; John Molinari, Ph.D, JADA, Vol. 135, April 2004)
What’s often missed is the fact that dental dam can also reduce microbial contamination by up to 99% by keeping the non-contaminated area free of saliva and blood.1
COLTENE offers a streamlined, one-stop-shop of dental dam and accessories that will cover any procedure, from Endodontic therapy to restorations and bonding techniques. Choose from Standard Latex, Non-latex, Elasti-Dam®, Flexi Dam®, or framed Flexi Dam®; as well as an array of clamps, frames, forceps, punches, wedjets, and full kits that include everything you need to start protecting your staff and patients today!
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Mary R. Costello, CDA-Emeritus, EFDA, has a BS in Health Administration from Governors State University, Illinois. She has over 50 years' experience in the dental field, serving as Expanded Duties Dental Auxiliary for the US Army, a Dental Coordinator for a hospital-based dental center, and a Dental Dam instructor, lecturing throughout the United States and Canada on Dental Dam Dentistry as Manager of Continuing Education and Professional Relations-Hygenic Products for Coltene, Inc. Mary currently is an independent dental consultant.
“Rubber dam isolation has always been warranted to help us dentists obtain predictable restorations. However, now more than ever, in the wake of the global pandemic we are coming through, it is about safety for our staff and patients.”
– Dr. Mario Romero, Clinical Director, Romero Dental Seminars