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Free Webinar to Examine Overlooked Source of Dental Cross-Contamination

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013


OXNARD, CALIF. – MAY 30, 2013 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.

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 pm EDT. Registration information is available at

“Our market research shows that one out of five 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 US 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. 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.

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