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  • What Is Alginate and How Is It Used?
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    Alginate is an impression material that is commonly used in dentistry. Alginate impression material is used to create an accurate negative model of the teeth and gums. Alginate impressions are typically taken of the maxillary and mandibular teeth.

     

    Alginate is a natural polysaccharide derived from brown algae that is commonly used in dentistry for creating dental impressions. It is also used to make dental prosthetics, such as dentures and crowns. Alginate impression can be used for the fabrication of a primary cast in prosthodontics, study models in orthodontic, and duplication of casts.

     

    Alginate is typically used in the form of a hydrogel in biomedicine, including wound healing, drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. Hydrogels are three-dimensionally cross-linked networks composed of hydrophilic polymers with high water content.

     

    Alginate impression materials are termed “irreversible impression materials” bec

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  • All Your Questions About Aspirating Syringes – Answered!
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    Dentists use aspirating syringes to administer local anesthetics and prepare patients for oral procedures. This syringe differs from a non-aspirating syringe in the fact that the anesthetic is delivered from a cartridge placed inside the syringe’s barrel.

    Aspirating syringes reduce the risk of hitting a blood vessel and causing swelling. The aspiration allows checking for blood before administering the anesthetic.

     

    What Is an Aspirating Syringe in Dentistry?

     

    An aspirating syringe is a common choice for the delivery of anesthetics in dental procedures.

    They’re designed with an open section known as the barrel. This is where you place the anesthetic ampule. Its plunger is pulled back when aspirating. When you push it forward, you deliver the anesthetic via the needle. This type of syringe eases dental procedures by checking for blood: you

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  • ‘Tis the season, flu season, that is!
    ‘Tis the season, flu season, that is!

    This blog may have been posted after our holiday season celebrations with office parties and family gatherings.

    As we return to our routine office schedules, we must maintain our respiratory health program with the most current and appropriate CDC infection prevention recommendations for the 2022-2023 flu season.

    Influenza viruses are constantly changing, and even new viruses can appear each year and a gift none of us wants to receive.

    Although the fall and winter is typically the most popular season for the flu to rear its ugly head, the season of flu can vary from different parts of the country and from season to season.

     

    Annual flu is “a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death”.1 (CDC influenza). Flu symptoms include:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or
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  • Antibiotic Awareness and Stewardship
    Antibiotic Awareness and Stewardship
    Antibiotic resistance is a global issue that requires the attention of all countries, governments, and health agencies.
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