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How can a dentist's office help prevent MRSA infection?

Infection control is the key to stopping methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) -- a staph infection that is resistant to several common antibiotics -- in health care settings. To protect dental patients like yourself, dental health care workers follow strict infection control practices as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The American Dental Association (ADA) urges all dentists, dental auxiliaries and dental laboratories to employ appropriate infection control procedures, and to keep up-to-date as scientific information leads to improvements in infection control, risk assessment and disease management in oral health care.

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