Ortho- Infection control?

Warran E. Namel

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I've noticed several orthodontists and ortho residents I've shadowed that simply don't wear masks, goggles, or the like while treating patients in the clinic. Does this seem like a cavalier attitude toward infection control? Or is it just not that big of a deal? Curious to hear your thoughts
 
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Warren E. Namel

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I'm curious as to what aerosol you think is being produced in the average orthodontic encounter?
I mean, sure on average most of the time you'd be fine. But it's for that small percent that you wear the PPE. I've seen residents place TADs and removing adhesive with a high speed with no glasses. Sounds like a bad idea
 
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Eye wear, gloves, and masks are always worn in my practice. In doing an impromptu exam .... sometimes I will pass on the mask. But seriously .... ortho tx is less invasive (I do not place TADS), but as they say ... you must treat EVERY situation as if an OSHA rep is standing over you.
 
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