AAPD on CNN.com

AAPD Chief Policy Officer Dr. Paul Casamassimo was interviewed by Susan Scutti for an article on how the CDC had identified a mystery cluster of deaths among dentists. This online story focuses on Thursday’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in which a cluster of cases of a progressive lung disease occurred among dentists and other dental workers treated at one Virginia care center.

According to the article:

"Dr. Paul Casamassimo, chief policy officer of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's Pediatric Oral Health & Research Center, said the new report is "not surprising. "For years, dentists have been exposed to plaster and dust from drilling, in addition to the toxic substances listed in the report. The cluster patients were all older, so they may not have been using the most up-to-date practices for personal protection and safety, he noted.

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