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Managing Dental Unit Water Quality
This webinar, jointly hosted by ADA and Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), will discuss recent outbreaks of pediatric mycobacterial infections associated with dental treatment. Recommendations and best practices will be discussed to avoid contamination of dental equipment water delivery systems that may lead to opportunistic infections.

The presenter, Dr. Shannon E. Mills, DDS will describe how the design of dental equipment encourages the growth of biofilm attached to the walls of dental waterlines. In addition dental professionals will learn what measures can be taken to reduce bacterial colonization with specific reference to the Health Advisory on dental water quality issued by CDC on November 18, 2022.

Specific approaches for treating dental water systems to eliminate or prevent formation of biofilm will be described with an emphasis on the importance of periodic monitoring to assure that biofilm management measures are effective. Dr Mills is internationally recognized as an expert in dental infection prevention and safety with an emphasis on dental unit water quality.

Learning objectives:
1. Understand how biofilms form in dental water delivery systems.
2. Develop best practices and implement CDC guidelines for dental water management.
3. Recognize why periodic monitoring of dental water delivery systems is essential.

When you register for the webinar, please enter the information (name; address; credentials) as you want it to appear on the CE letter, with complete words and capital letters where applicable.

CE credit will only be provided for participating in the live webinar; viewing the recording does not qualify for credit.

Feb 16, 2023 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

This webinar is presented in partnership with ADA and OSAP
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Shannon E. Mills, DDS
Dr. Shannon E. Mills is a healthcare consultant and lecturer based in Concord, New Hampshire. Dr. Mills graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry and was commissioned as a Dental Officer in the United States Air Force. He completed a general dentistry residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. He retired as a Colonel in 2005 and is currently working with the CDC as a subject matter expert on infection prevention in dental settings. Dr. Mills was the editor of the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Dental Waterline White Paper and Recommendations. He is involved in development of dental industry standards as a member of ADA/American National Standards Institute Standards Committees for Dental Products and Dental Informatics and is a member of the US Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization - Dentistry. Dr. Mills is the author of the ADA’s Practical Guide to Effective Infection Prevention and Control.