Germs are responsible for a wide range of different diseases. Some, such as Hepatitis and HIV are extremely serious, while others such as the common cold can be fairly mild. A huge number of these diseases are transmitted by blood, saliva, or in airborne droplets of bodily fluids that healthy people then come into contact with. Since dental teams are in close proximity to many of these bodily fluids on a constant basis, the prevention of infectious diseases is something that also requires constant vigilance and any responsible dental practice will have special precautions put in place to shield staff and patients from them. This is done using something known as universal or standard precautions.
Universal precautions are an approach to infection control that views all human body fluids as potentially harmful. As a result, certain steps are taken which protect both staff and patients and prevent the spread of germs within the office. These are:
Handwashing is probably the biggest defense that we have against infectious diseases in any given situation. Hands should be washed thoroughly and regularly – on entering the dental treatment room, before putting gloves on, after removing gloves, between each patient, and before leaving the treatment room. Hands must be washed thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using antibacterial soap and hot water.
Personal protective equipment forms an essential barrier against bodily fluids, reducing staff and patient risk of exposure to potentially infectious material through direct contact with broken skin or mucous membranes. Personal protective equipment that may be used in your dental offices includes gloves, eyeglasses, masks, gowns, and more.
Cleaning and disinfection are other effective tools to prevent the spread of germs in dental offices. This doesn’t just refer to surfaces and static equipment such as chairs and lamps, but also the smaller tools and devices used to carry out the treatment. Any single-use equipment should be disposed of correctly as biological waste. However, everything else should be properly cleaned and disinfected, and in the case of dental tools for treatment, properly sanitized to destroy all forms of microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and spores.
Since our goal is to ensure that patients can receive optimum dental care in a clean, safe, and healthy environment. To achieve this goal, we have put a few extra measures in place which use the latest technology in order to completely sanitize our facility and give you peace of mind. These include:
Medical Grade Air Purification filters out 99.99% of bacteria, viruses, pollen, and mold from the air within our facility.
UV Light Water Purification which eliminates 99.99% of contaminants from the water used during your treatment.
UV Light Disinfection to eliminate 100% of viruses and bacteria from all equipment and surface areas within the treatment rooms.
Extraoral Vacuum System which is used to capture all water spray emitted from our instruments during treatment.
For more information about what we are doing to prevent the spread of germs in our office, please don’t hesitate to contact us and speak to our professional and knowledgeable team.