Fox News also spoke with Dr. John Molinari, Director of Infection Control for THE DENTAL ADVISOR in Ann Arbor, Mich. Dr. Molinari's research determined that reused bib chains contained approximately 1,000 times more bacteria than replaceable or sanitized chains. "Bacteria from (dental) patients' mouths transfers on to surfaces through the air from aerosols from air and water syringe sprays or gloved hands in people's mouths and then touching other items," Dr. Molinari tells Fox News. So, what can patients do to protect themselves? "Patients can ask," Dr. Molinari says. "Talk with your doctor about what they do for infection control. If patients don't ask, they can jump to all kinds of conclusions." Which begs the question: Will dentists be ready with an answer? There are easy, inexpensive solutions including sterilizing between patients and disposable bib holders.
(JC Thomas Marketing Communications, July 11, 2011)