Cross-Infection Control and Sterilization
In these days of concern about the spread of contagious diseases, we want you to know that patient protection is the top priority in our practice. We are doing everything within our capabilities to assure the sterility and safety of your treatment environment. We follow current Government and British Dental Association guidelines to ensure the highest standard of hygiene, as continually reviewing updates on infection control materials and techniques, we are optimizing our ability to achieve this in our surgeries. Our commitment is to provide you, our patients, with the same standards that we expect and demand for our own families and ourselves.
Many long hours have gone into the design of our patient protection system. The use of fresh gloves and masks, and protective eyewear are some of the more prominent steps that are taken to ensure your safety. But what goes on behind the scenes? What steps are taken that are not so obvious to you?
Between each patient, the treatment rooms are thoroughly wiped with a surface disinfectant. The instruments are taken to our dedicated
sterilization area, where they are rinsed to remove any debris, then put through a system of ultrasonic scrubbing and then sterilized using an autoclave. The instruments are packaged in such a fashion that ensures they are never touched before actual set-up in the treatment room, and when the instruments are touched it is with gloved hands. All of our handpieces are also thoroughly rinsed, wiped with surface disinfectant, ultrasonic scrubbed, and then sterilized in the autoclave.
All of our prophylaxis cups (cleaning and polishing instrument) are disposable so that you and your family can be assured that you will always have a fresh new one every time you have your teeth cleaned. We use disposable products whenever possible to eliminate the chances of cross-infection.
We hope by making you, our valued patient, more aware of what measures are being taken on your behalf, that your trust and confidence in our team will make your visits more comfortable. Please feel free to call our practice if you have any questions or concerns, and we are always willing to arrange for you to inspect our treatment and
sterilization areas. , and we welcome the opportunity to discuss this matter with you.
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