The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory notifying dental practitioners to take care when using dental dispensers on multiple patients. Multiple-use dental dispensers, also called dental “syringes” are devices used to deliver various dental products such as impression materials and adhesives to an oral treatment side. They do not include sharps such as needles or syringes for injection of anesthetics.
The advisory states that while the disposable tips are discarded after each patient, the dispensers containing the remaining materials are stored for reuse. Potential infection control issues arise when the reusable portion of the dispenser comes in contact with a patient’s mouth, or when a dental practitioner whose gloves are contaminated handles the dispenser.
As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and required by the Dental Board of California, once a reusable semi-critical item comes in contact with oral tissue, it must be sterilized after use.
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