ADA Talks Infection Precautions

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For more than two and a half decades, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, has served patients through Dentistry for Children, located in Staten Island, New York. A respected member of the dental community, Glenn J. Marie, DDS, contributes to advances in the field and networks with his peers through membership in the American Dental Association.

Last August, the American Dental Association (ADA) released a statement informing the public of the ways in which dentists prevent the spread of infection and keep patients safe. All dental practitioners are required by law to adhere to guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which were recently updated in a document titled “CDC Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care.” This guidance spells out in great detail the things that dentists, technicians, and other staff must do to keep their offices sanitary.

Best practices include cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces in an examination room before a patient enters, or covering equipment with plastic and then replacing the plastic each time a new patient comes in. Disposable tools are discarded in safe containers after each use, and all non-disposable tools are cleaned and sterilized before they are used again. Through these practices and others, dentists commit daily to keeping their offices infection-free.

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ADA Addresses Misunderstanding Regarding Flossing Recommendation

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Glenn J Marie, DDS serves as the owner of Dentistry for Children, a dental practice based in Staten Island, New York. In addition to his day-to-day work in his practice, Glenn J Marie, DDS keeps his professional skills up to date through membership with the American Dental Association.

In 2016, the American Dental Association reaffirmed its recommendations for daily flossing amid some confusion surrounding news reports that some interpreted as underestimating the benefit of the practice. The misunderstanding stems from a decision by the US government to omit flossing from its 2015 US Dietary Guidelines.

Omission, however, does not indicate a change in stance. In the most recent guidelines, the government made a conscious choice to focus more on addressing sugar intake rather than flossing practice. Further, these guidelines have no impact on daily flossing recommendations from the Surgeon General and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that been in place for many years.

Further, the American Dental Association reaffirms its stance that good oral care should include brushing twice a day for at least two minutes and cleaning in between teeth, either by flossing or using an interdental cleaner.

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ADA Names Second Vice President

 

ADA Responds to Recent Amalgam Study

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Based in Staten Island, Glenn J. Marie DDS oversees Dentistry for Children, a pediatric dental practice. In conjunction with his ongoing work in the field, Glenn J. Marie DDS maintains membership in several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association.

In a recent statement, the American Dental Association (ADA) once again took the position that amalgam fillings are safe for patients and remain a reasonable material to use. The ADA’s remarks come in response to a recent study found in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety examining individuals with amalgam fillings for mercury toxicity.

In the ADA’s evaluation of the study, they noted that mercury levels in all the patients in the study never surpassed the commonly accepted standard of safety set by the National Academy of Sciences.

Further, the ADA noted that dental amalgam has undergone rigorous testing for years under the auspices of numerous public health organizations in the United States, and that the material has a demonstrable record of being both safe and effective for use in patients. The ADA encourages patients to speak with their dentists about which filling material is best for them based on several criteria, including cavity size, cost, and aesthetic concerns.

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The ADA – Giving Kids a Healthy Smile

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Glenn J Marie DDS is the owner of Dentistry for Children, a dental practice based in Staten Island, New York. In addition to his practice, which welcomes patients with autism, down syndrome, and other special needs, Glenn J Marie DDS enhances his professional skills through membership with the American Dental Association.

The American Dental Association is a national non-profit organization that provides oral health information, as well as programs and research efforts, for the benefit of its 159,000 dentist members and their patients. Established in 1859, the American Dental Association now reaches across the United States, and provides an ever-growing list of events and programs for the people its members serve. One of these programs is called “Give Kids A Smile.”

Give Kids A Smile is an initiative focused on providing underprivileged children with dental care. A relatively-recent movement, Give Kids A Smile began in 2002 in St. Louis, Missouri, and soon spread across the nation with assistance from the ADA. The initiative relies on two things: ADA members who volunteer their time to provide free dental services for the children, and donations from sponsors, volunteers, and other interested parties. Through this program, many children whose parents are unable to afford a visit to the dentist can get the dental care every child needs and deserves.

To donate or to learn more, visit adafoundation.org.