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New draft standards available for review, comment

The Council on Scientific Affairs and the Standards Committee on Dental Products have approved circulation of four draft standards for review and comment. They include the following:

•    Proposed American National Standards Institute/ADA Standard No. 63 for Root Canal Barbed Broaches and Rasps specifies requirements and test methods for root canal instruments for hand use utilized in endodontic preparation. It will replace the current ANSI/ADA Standard No. 63:2006 of the same name.

•    Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 78 for Dental Obturating Cones is a modified adoption of ISO 6877:2006 Dentistry—Root Canal Obturating Points. It specifies the dimensions and requirements for prefabricated metallic or polymeric-based cones suitable for use in the obturation of a root canal system restoration. It also specifies numerical systems and color-coding systems for designating sizes.  It will replace the current ANSI/ADA Standard No. 78:2006 of the same name.

•    Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 95 for Root Canal Enlargers is for root canal instruments used mechanically to access and enlarge canals. This document specifies requirements for size, product designation, safety considerations, marking, labeling and packaging. It will replace the current ANSI/ADA Standard No. 95:2003 (R2009) of the same name.

•    Proposed ANSI/ADA Standard No. 130 for Dentifrices—Requirements, Test Methods and Marking is an identical adoption of ISO 11609:2010 of the same name. It specifies requirements for the physical and chemical properties of dentifrices and provides guidelines for suitable test methods. It also specifies requirements for the marking, labeling and packaging of dentifrices. This standard applies to dentifrices, including toothpastes, for consumer use on a daily basis with a toothbrush to promote oral hygiene.

Volunteers who would like to review and comment on draft standards should contact Kathy Medic, manager, dental material standards, via the ADA toll-free number, Ext. 2533, or by email at

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