January 2013 Professional Oral Care Newsletter

Cordless Plus Water Flosser

It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Vaccine

The 2013/14 Flu Season Started Early

The flu season is in high swing; hitting earlier this year than in the past.  The good news is that it is not too late to get a flu vaccine.  Think it's only for your kids or seniors?  According to the CDC, this year's strain is hitting young and middle-aged adults the hardest.

Even though you wear gloves and a mask with each patient, consider for a moment how many additional patient interactions you have without these barriers. How many times has a patient told you as they were leaving, "I considered cancelling because I'm not feeling well" or they said nothing but you had to stop several times due to their coughing.

Getting a vaccine is a preventive measure that benefits you, your family, your co-workers, and your patients. All of these people count on you in various ways, stay well this winter by getting your flu shot


Hand washing: An Important Step in Staying Well

Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry

It's commonly recommended that the length of time to wash our hands should be about equal to the time it takes to sing the happy birthday song twice.  Actually, if you're following the guidelines from the CDC, you might find it takes you a little bit longer than that. According to the CDC, hand washing is most effective when done in this fashion:

  1. Wet your hands with clean running water; it can be cold or hot
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap making sure to get the back of your hands and in between your fingers
  3. Scrub for at least 20 seconds
  4. Rinse under clean, running water
  5. Dry with a clean towel or air

What about hand sanitizers? According to the CDC, soap and water is the best; however when water is not available, you can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on your hand, but they cannot eliminate all germs. Hand sanitizers can be less effective on dirty or greasy hands. It is also important to use enough product and leave it on until it dries. Non-alcohol sanitizers are not recommended by the CDC as they have been implicated in bacterial resistance.

Our Lunch & Learn Program Continues to Expand

We now offer Waterpik® product Lunch & Learns in the following metropolitan areas:

Atlanta, Boston, Bradenton, FL, Chicago (including Dupage & Lake Counties) Dallas (south), Denver, Fort Collins, Jacksonville FL, Los Angeles (including Orange County and the San Fernando Valley), Miami, Orlando, Portland OR, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, Tampa, Walnut Creek CA

To schedule, email Briana Rowe at browe@waterpik.com

Are you a Water Flosser Recommender?

We are looking for Lunch & Learn presenters in the Atlanta (South), Austin, Baltimore, Buffalo, Dallas, Houston, New York City, Pasadena/San Gabriel, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Washington DC metropolitan areas.

For more information about becoming a Lunch & Learn professional educator, please contact Carol Jahn at cjahn@waterpik.com

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