Universal precautions andInfection controls are extremely important for the safety of our dental patients and dental staff alike. Having a well trained staff in sterilization practices keeps everyone safe from the spread of disease and infection. Trust is the cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice. You can trust our dental team follows the latest and correct techniques in sterilization. Feel free to ask question about this topic with Drs. Cavanaugh and Dr. Becker or team member for a straight forward answer.
Drs. Cavanaugh and Dr. Becker and our entire team follow procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and of course the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA),. 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
Our dental staff sterilizes all reusable dental equipment. This also includes dental hand pieces, dental chairs, and dental tools needed to restore dental implants, dental crowns, bridges and fillings. Our office use an autoclave on every tool that could be used in your dental treatment. This device that kills bacteria and viruses by heat, pressure and steam for a measured time period.
The best defense against disease is following proper sterilization and disease control practices. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. The more you know about our daily sterilization procedures the more comfortable you will feel at our dental office.