Hidden Germs at the Dentist's Office

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By Molly Clifton

The clips that hold dental bibs may also be holding bacteria.

Researchers tested the clips at a dental clinic after they had been disinfected.

They found as many as 70-percent were carrying some type of bacteria.

The germs can be transferred from a previous patient or from the hands of the dental workers.

Researchers suggest dental offices either thoroughly sterilize the bib holders or start using a disposable version.

 

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