Top 5 dental infection control articles of Q1

Below are the most highly read Becker's Dental + DSO Review clinical leadership and infection control articles from January, February and March 2021.

1. Florida university to pay $5.5M to settle lawsuit over unsterile dental tools
Davie, Fla.-based Nova Southeastern University will pay $5.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit after students at its postgraduate orthodontic clinic used improperly sterilized equipment.

2. Unlicensed 'fashion braces' trending in Atlanta, may be dangerous
The colorful braces come with no guarantee to actually help with teeth alignment. Dozens of Instagram pages across Georgia show unlicensed workers offering to do the procedure at a low rate.

3. Utah Health, Intermountain to investigate man's death after 9 teeth pulled at student dental clinic
University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare, both based in Salt Lake City, will investigate the death of a man who died a week after getting nine of his teeth pulled at the university's student dental clinic.

4. COVID-19 patients with gum disease 9 times more likely to die from the virus, study finds
COVID-19 patients with periodontitis, a severe gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and other complications, are almost nine times more likely to die of complications from the virus.

5. More patients with discolored, infected 'COVID teeth': Pittsburgh dentist
Many people are experiencing tooth discoloration, which may indicate more serious issues, such as decay or infection, as patients neglect their oral health amid the pandemic.

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