Infection control and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from practicing proper infection control — you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. You should feel free to discuss this topic with us and receive a satisfying answer. Our entire team follows precautions recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:
- The use of disinfecting hand soap
- The use of gloves, face masks and barrier wraps
- Using chemical disinfectants on counter-tops and surfaces
- Sterilizing instruments before use
- Proper disposal of harmful materials and substances.
We sterilize reusable instruments using an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure. The best defense against disease is information. The more you know, the better equipped you will be to make wise decisions about your health care. The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel.