Standards and Best Practice
Gloves, gowns and masks are required to be worn in all dentist offices today. After each patient visit, disposable personal proctective equipment (PPE)-such as gloves are thrown away, hands are disinfected, and a new pair of gloves used for the next patient.
One of the most effective methods for preventing disease transmission-disinfecting one's hands-is practiced in our office. It is routine procedure to disinfect hands at the beginning of the day, before and after glove use, and after touching any surfaces that may have become contaminated.
All hand instruments used on patients are washed and sterilized with steam after each use.
Water Quality and Biofilms
Concerns about the quality of water used in a dentist's office are unfounded, provided the dentist follows the infection control guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association.
Some health "experts" in recent years have called into question the risks associated with so-called "biofilms," which are thin layers of microscopic germs that collect on virtually any surface. Essentially, these bacteria and fungi occur everywhere, including faucets in your home; your body is no less accustomed to being exposed to them than in any other situations.
In fact, no scientific evidence has linked biofilms with disease. If you have a compromised or weakened immune system, you are susceptible to germs everywhere. Consequently, let our office know if you have such a condition so additional precautions, if any, can be taken.