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Dental Learning and DUX Dental Host Free Webinar on June 27th to Examine Overlooked Source of Dental Cross Contamination

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OXNARD, CALIF., May 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dental Learning, in collaboration with DUX Dental, will host a free webinar that highlights an overlooked source of cross contamination in the dental office - the dental bib clip. A recent study published in April found that a significant proportion of dental bib clips harbor bacteria from the patient, dental clinician and the environment even after the clips have undergone standard disinfection procedures. The webinar will present these and other research findings, as well as actionable steps dental professionals can take to enhance their infection control practices and prevent the risk of cross contamination from dental bib clips.

A dental hygienist puts a disposable bib holder on a patient.


Fiona M. Collins, BDS, MBA, MA and Noel Brandon-Kelsch, RDHAP, will present the webinar "Bib Clips: Sitting with the Enemy. How to Prevent Cross-Contamination and Improve Infection Control" on Thursday, June 27th at 8 p.m. EDT. Registration information is available at http://bit.ly/BibClipWebinar.

"Our market research shows that 1 out of 5 dental offices are not cleaning their bib clips at all or waiting until the end of the day to clean them," said Stacey Williams, director of marketing at DUX Dental. "Six research studies and reports in the U.S. and overseas have found bacterial contamination on dental bib holders even after disinfection. If dental practices aren't using a disposable holder or autoclaving their bib clips they could be exposing patients and themselves to undue risk."

The webinar will specifically address:

  • specific research findings that show 40% to 70% of disinfected bib clips still harbor bacteria.
  • preventative methods for minimizing cross contamination risks from bib clips, including sterilization protocols and aseptic options.
  • compelling results from recent dental office surveys about how bib clips are used in practice.

Dr. Fiona M. Collins is the continuing education editor for Dental Learning and is a member of the American Dental Association and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). She earned her dental degree from Glasgow University and holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts from Boston University. She has expertise in the areas of cariology, fluorides and prevention, xerostomia, infection control, dentifrices, biofilm, artificial sweeteners, tobacco cessation and compliance.

Noel Brandon-Kelsch is a registered dental hygienist in alternative practice and the infection control columnist for RDH magazine. She is past president of the California Dental Hygienists Association and a member of Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention. She is the recipient of numerous national awards for her contributions to the dental practice and industry.

For more information on bib clip contamination visit www.dentalbibclipbacteria.com.

About Dental Learning

Dental Learning, LLC is an American Dental Association CERP Recognized Provider and a designated PACE approved provider of continuing education by the Academy of General Dentistry. Dental Learning continuously strives to provide the highest quality continuing education, allowing dental professionals to stay updated with the latest advances in treatment protocols, products, and the services available to them. To learn more about Dental Learning, visit www.dentallearning.net.

About DUX Dental

DUX Dental has been manufacturing and distributing the highest level of dental products worldwide for more than 50 years. Based in the coastal city of Oxnard, Calif., with additional manufacturing and distribution facilities in Europe, DUX Dental is home to a world-class team of innovators who produce and service a portfolio of hundreds of dental products and supplies. DUX Dental is well-known for its series of industry firsts including Zone Temporary Cement, Identic™ Alginate and Bib-eze disposable bib holders, as well as its award-winning PeelVue+ sterilization pouches. Visit www.duxdental.com or contact duxoffice@duxdental.com for more information about DUX Dental products.

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CONTACT: Carla Vallone Portavoce PR for DUX Dental Ph: 760-814-8194 carla.vallone@portavocepr.com

Source: DUX Dental