We are taking this opportunity to inform our patients and other curious readers as to how our dental office keeps its tools and surfaces clean and sterile.
Now more than ever, we want to feel safe at the places we visit. Our dental clinic follows the strict guidelines set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA).
Please read on to learn about our routine sterilization in dental office procedures as they pertain to our tools, equipment, surfaces, and finally, our maintenance policies.
What are your dental sterilization routines?
We have several daily practices we follow to ensure a sterile environment, following guidelines provided by the CDC.
These are as follows:
Our dental professionals wash and disinfect their hands between patients and as often as needed. Personal protective equipment (or PPE) like masks and smocks, are always used and frequently discarded.
These are the simple yet effective procedures we follow on a consistent basis at our dental practice. But this is only a fraction of our dental sterilization protocol.
Next, we will explain how we preserve the integrity of our dental tool sterilization equipment to ensure it is always working as it should be.
How do you maintain your dental sterilization equipment?
As important as it is for us to disinfect tools and surfaces, it is also important to ensure our sterilization equipment is functioning well.
We rely on several indicators and follow the recommendations provided by the ADA, which are as follows:
We use all three of these indicators to ensure infection control in dentistry as instructed by the ADA. By monitoring our sterilizers, we know that our tools and equipment are clean and will prevent the spread of
If there is an indication of a failure in any of the three processes listed above, the load of tools or equipment in question are set aside. They are not used again until the reason for the failure is detected and corrected.
Closing thoughts on sterilization in a dental office
We hope that after you have read about our policies pertaining to the sterilization of our tools and equipment and the maintenance of our sterilization machinery, you see that our clinic takes disinfection seriously.
The next time you need dental work done, we hope you will turn to us, and feel comfortable putting your important dental needs in our hands.