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Virginia board: Dental assistants can't use high-speed tools


A proposal in Virginia to allow a new category of dental personnel, the dental assistant II, to use high-speed rotary instruments has been turned down by the state Board of Dentistry. The proposal, put forward by Denice Burnette, CDA, EFDA, the only DAII working in Virginia, prompted heated debate among the dental community, with opponents calling it a threat to patient safety. (May require free registration to view article.) more

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