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2020 Dental Distribution Partners

We are excited for this year, 2020 to announce our partnerships for dental distribution of the DOVE Dental Products full line.  They include:

Henry Schein Dental

Patterson Dental

Benco Dental

DHPI (Dental Health Products)

Each has our new products (Capt-all and SE Plus) stocked as well as our legacy disposable valves.  If you have any questions, please contact your local representatives from each company.

Have a great year!

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DOVE Dental Products Acquires Capt-all, The Only Handheld Amalgam Separator HVE Tip

DOVE Dental Products Acquires Capt-all, The Only Handheld Amalgam Separator HVE Tip

Chesterfield, MO, December 6, 2019 – DOVE Dental Products, the leading manufacturer in disposable evacuation dental devices, announced the acquisition of Capt-all.

Capt-all is the only handheld Amalgam Separator device designed to collect dental amalgam waste into a patented designed tip that fits into any standard HVE Valve device.  Once amalgam is captured into each Capt-all Tip, it can then be safely sent back in a recyclable container to properly dispose of the captured amalgam.

Starting July 14, 2020 the EPA Final Amalgam Separator Rule requires most general dentists to install an amalgam separator to prevent mercury from entering the air, water and land.  (Ref 1)

Using Capt-all allows for offices to quickly comply with the upcoming ruling.  Capt-all keeps amalgam out of the dental equipment, vacuum lines and secondary filters.  Other benefits include no installation requirements, its ease of use, avoidance of messy clean ups and Capt-all is only used when Amalgam Removal is necessary.

Available January 2, 2020, Capt-all will be sold through Dental Distribution including Henry Schein Dental, Patterson Dental Supply, Benco Dental and Dental Health Products Inc.  The starter package for Capt-all will contain 25 Tips and 1 prepaid recyclable shipping container.  Upon recycling of the used tips, customers can obtain a manifest containing the return shipment confirmation.

About DOVE Dental Products

DOVE Dental Products develop cost-effective disposables for increasing patient safety.  DOVE  Dental principals have a proven track record in successful start-ups,  product and market development, marketing, manufacturing and  intellectual property development.  DOVE (Disposable Oral Valve Evacuation)  Dental HVE and Saliva Ejector Backflow Prevention Valve devices are simple to  install and intuitive with performance.  All DOVE products are Made In the USA and are manufactured by a ISO 13485 facility in Phoenix, AZ.

Ref 1:  https://www.agd.org/docs/default-source/advocacy-papers/finalized-epa-amalgam-separator-frequently-asked-questions.pdf?sfvrsn=e6aa76b1_0

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Stop! Don’t Close on the Suction by Jennifer Reese RDH, BHSA

The day and life as a dental hygienist:

“Open bigger. Turn towards me. Stay open. Oh, don’t close on the suction.”

Throughout my hygiene career it is a priority to place patient care first, providing comfortable quality treatment, maintaining proper infection control, and comprehensive assessments; in the midst of watching the clock and time managing the day. While wearing many hats in our small office, I took on the role of infection control. Implementing the latest protocols office wide including cavicide wipe and rewipe, autoclave handpieces after every patient, change our traps, clean and scrub our suction lines, run our evacuation detergent nightly, and barrier protect next to everything touchable.

In school we learn about backflow risk from saliva ejectors. We are taught to instruct the patients not to close on the suction straws. However, the reality is patients’ frequently do close around the suction during treatment. I was tired of cringing under my mask when a patient close tightly without being able to stop them knowing they are at risk to be exposed to back flow.

According to the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC), backflow occurs when previously suctioned fluids and microorganisms remain present in the suction tubing or valve and flow back into the patient’s mouth. Backflow cross-contamination can occur when there is pressure in a patient’s mouth caused from closing their lips and forming a seal around the tip of the ejector, raising the ejector above the patients’ mouth during use, and when the saliva ejector is used at the same time as the high volume suction. The CDC also advises dental professional to inform patients to avoid closing their lips tightly around the tip of the saliva ejector and to contact the manufacturer of the dental unit to review proper maintenance procedures.

As a hygienist we took an oath as a patient advocate, to stand up to what is wrong, and to provide the best care possible. We know that backflow can occur, we should not put our patients at risk, we know better and there are solutions.

Take out your saliva ejector and take a look into your valves, would you want someone using it on you? Every dental unit is different; I learned many do have removable HVE and saliva ejector valves, which need to be autoclaved between each patient. Check your instructions for use (IFU) manuals for your valves. The proper maintenance process for the HVE and saliva ejector valves in our office took excessive time. They required autoclaving after every patient, checking and replacing O-rings, and disassembling them weekly. Unfortunately, this is something many of us do not learn before entering the workplace, instead, we learn it while on the job. It is our responsibility to read the manuals on each device and properly maintain them whether it takes time or costs a little extra.

At our office, we tried other backflow products, sampled using sleeves on our valves and attempted to clean properly between patients as instructed. Each process implemented proved to be too lengthy of a process or uncomfortable, and were really only putting a Band-Aid on the real issue of our evacuation valves which were a petri dish of all the days’ patients.

In the end, our office agreed upon Dove disposable valves which are disposable HVE and Saliva Ejector Valves that stop and eliminate the risk of backflow. For us, we removed backflow risk and alleviated the nuance of timely cleaning of the valve parts. We finally have peace of mind when patient close around the suction straws.

Jennifer Reese RDH, BHSA

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-reese-b6189963/

 

 

 

 

 

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Dental Patients Likely Receive Backflow

Today, most would agree patient safety is of utmost importance.
Unfortunately, on a daily basis we continue to see dental offices instructing patients to close around suction straws. Research concluded as far back as 1993 that patient safety is compromised when lips are closed around saliva ejectors during procedures. The CDC also provides us clear warnings about the risk from saliva ejector backflow.
https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/questions/saliva.html

Studies concluded 23% (Nearly 1 in 4) likely receive prior patient backflow when lips close around straws. Flushing the lines will not address this problem nor will the cleaning of the valve components.  Countless studies, education, and training clearly show the risks of backflow. Using a disposable backflow eliminating product is the only way to guarantee backflow prevention. NEW affordable backflow eliminating products are readily available.

Instructing patients to close around saliva ejector straws goes against everything we know for the past 20 years. Simply wiping valves between patients is not enough. Recent ATP surface testing displayed over 99% of evacuation valves failing when only wiped between patients.
https://www.rdhmag.com/articles/print/volume-37/issue-11/contents/is-wiping-the-valve-between-patients-enough.html

Ask yourself;  Knowing that Dental Backflow is a proven fact, why do most offices continue to place patients at risk?

– If your patients knew the facts about backflow, would they want you to do something about it?