Your health and safety are our top concerns, and we work hard to prevent the spread of infection by employing robust Infection control procedures and actions to prevent the spread of disease. Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles, and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. Some equipment will be covered with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.
Dental staff practices that prevent infection
Our dental team members are highly trained in infection control practices and protocols. Each staff member will use appropriate protective equipment when providing care such as wearing gloves, masks, gowns, and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away.
Handwashing is the most important way to prevent the spread of infection. Our staff wash their hands with soap and water or use an antibacterial hand sanitizer between each patient, after removing gloves, and before leaving the treatment.
It’s also important to ensure our office has clean surfaces and work areas. The following are ways we practice these safety initiatives:
- Gloves and face masks are available for our clients to wear if desired
- Disinfectant hand soap is available in locations throughout the office
- Countertops and surfaces are cleaned with chemical disinfectants
Your well-being is our top priority. That’s why infection control procedures are in place at your dental office.
Equipment practices that prevent infection
Rest assured that we employ state of the art practices and protocols in cleaning dental instruments and in dental office sterilization. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality of care in the safest possible environment.
Non-disposable items like the dental tools that are used for routine dental care are cleaned and sterilized between each patient. We use the latest dental sterilization equipment and machines, including dental autoclaves, dental sterilizers, and steam sterilizers. This practice in sterilization kills bacteria and viruses by applying pressure, steam, and heat.
Disposable dental tools like Impression Trays and syringe tips are “single-use items” and are never reused. Additional disposable items such as gloves, face shields, masks, gowns, and many of the things used in the exam itself, like gauze, brushes, and floss are safely discarded after every use.
All needles, syringes, scalpels, and other sharp instruments are carefully disposed of after use in a puncture-resistant container.
Sterilization in the Dental Office
The instruments that are used in procedures and exams that can’t be discarded are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between each use. We use the following process to make sure proper dental sterilization practices are followed:
- Clean : All instruments are pre-cleaned thoroughly before moving to the sterilization step. Cleaning is performed using ultrasonic cleaners, which make sure that all bacteria, germs, and other debris are completely removed.
- Package : Once clean, instruments are wrapped in appropriate packaging prior to sterilization. They are kept sealed in packages until they are ready for use.
- Sterilization : Once safely packaged, instruments are sterilized using approved FDA machines, like dental autoclave sterilizers.
- Disinfect : after every use, all of our machines and surfaces are thoroughly disinfected using EPA approved surface cleaners.
Once cleaned, packaged, and sterilized, all of our instruments are stored safely until ready for use! Our dental sterilization process and protocol follow the best practices and make sure that your only concern when visiting our office is how good your smile is going to look when you leave.
Our Commitment to Our Clients
Your trust and confidence that we are providing you with the safest environment possible is the cornerstone of our practice.
We regularly update our systems and procedures following the guidance of the American Dental Association and the CDC.
If you ever have any questions, always ask! We can provide you with detailed descriptions and more information about the steps we take to protect you and your family from bacteria, viruses, and other infectious diseases.
Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns, and we look forward to seeing you soon!