Remember the cold metal chain placed around the back of your neck before a dental procedure? Well this chain that clips onto a patient’s paper bib to hold it in place has recently been under attack.
The dental chain can harbor potentially harmful germs. A study at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry found that one out of 5 bib chains that they tested were contaminated with bacteria. The bacteria stems from saliva and dental plaque. Cross-contamination is the spreading of bacteria and viruses from one surface to another – for example from the patient’s mouth through aerosols in the air to the dental bib chain.
We haven’t used the dental chain for several years. Instead we use a disposable bib holder – safer for the patient and more comfortable as well.