Infection controls and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control — you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. Patients are encouraged to ask any questions and receive straightforward answers.
The entire team follows procedures recommended by several federal agencies, including the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include disinfectant hand soap, gloves and face masks, chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces, sterilization of all equipment before every use, disposable materials and sterilization of all reusable equipment, including dental handpieces, using an autoclave device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure.
The best defense against disease is information. The more patients know about daily procedures and policies, the better equipped they are to make wise decisions about their health care.