CDA Journal highlights dental practice safety perspectives, directions

In the second of a two-issue series on dental practice safety and risk management, the September issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association features articles on infection control, X-ray exposure recommendations, medication safety, The Dental Patient Safety Foundation and Kaiser Permanente dental program’s comprehensive approach to quality and safety. The July 2019 Journal was the first in the series.

The Journal is an award-winning peer-reviewed scientific publication that keeps dentists up to date about scientific advances, business management strategies and new products.

Find this issue and archived issues of the Journal at cda.org/journal.

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