How does the dentist control infection within the dental practice?
- Posted on: Dec 30 2019
We’re all familiar with germs. Germs are passed from individual to individual and are responsible for the spreading of a wide range of diseases and condition. Infectious diseases can be passed through airborne droplets, saliva, or blood. Dentists work with a wide range of patients and need to ensure they take the proper precautions to protect themselves as well as patients from the spread of germs in their practice. Dr. David S. Frey of Beverly Hills, CA follows strict protocols to prevent the spread of infection between individuals, including dentist, patient, and amongst staff.
There are few universal precautions that are taken by most dental professionals to control the risk. It is common philosophy for dentists to assume that patients who come into the office for a dental treatment are potentially infectious. It is important that the dentist:
- Wash hands before and after seeing each patient
- Use new gloves for each patient
- Wear protective gowns during treatments
- Wear a mask and protective eyewear
- Utilize a high evaluation suction and barrier in the patient’s mouth
- Discard certain instruments into special medical waste containers
- Disinfect the chair and other treatment areas
- Place barriers on equipment to protect surfaces
- Use disposable items such as cotton, gauze, bibs, and saliva injectors
- Properly sterilize instruments that are not disposable
By following the above protocols, dentists are ensuring the entire office is safe from the pass of infection from patient to dentist, dentist to patient, or even between staff members. This can help in reducing the risk of passing conditions such as:
- The common cold
- Hepatitis B
With the use of properly sanitized products in the dental office, the team can greatly reduce the risk of cross-contamination between patients and provide individuals with peace of mind when visiting the dental office.
Interested in learning more about the control of infection in dental practices?
Contact the practice of Dr. David S. Frey today to schedule your consultation visit. The practice is located in Beverly Hills, CA at 462 North Linden Drive in Suite 414, and can be reached by phone at (310) 276-4537.
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