Our Infection control procedure and about Instrument sterilisation
There is always a risk of contacting infection in ANY environment.
The common cold is an everyday example.
In modern dental care you are assured that all precautions are
being taken to protect you. Rest assured that your visits to
the dentist are safe! Everything possible is done to protect
you from infection. No one should avoid the dentist because
of fear of infection.
Protecting you is a priority to us
Protecting you from infection is a priority to us, so we want
you to understand the many ways we ensure your safety.
Since there are many different diseases that are contagious
(can be transmitted from one person to another), we assume that
every encounter has the potential for infection. For that reason,
we follow guidelines known as universal precautions.
Universal precaution means that we treat all patients as though
they may be potentially infectious. This allows us to eliminate
the possibility of passing a disease from one patient to another.
Precautions are also taken to reduce the possibility of transmitting
infection from a dental worker to a patient.
What specific steps are taken to control infection?
At Dental Clinique we pay particular attention to general cleanliness,
disinfection, sterilisation, and the use of protective clothing
We have a dedicated Central Sterilisation Room. It is designed
to ensure zoning and elimination of cross infection. All sterile
instruments are covered and housed in sterile bays. Similar
zones exist in each surgery.
All surfaces that might possibly come into contact with infection-carrying
materials are disinfected with approved chemicals between each
Cleaning and sterilisation of instruments
Any instruments that are not disposable are cleaned thoroughly
using the latest ULTRASONIC CLEANING BATHS after being disinfected.
A steam AUTOCLAVE is used to sterilize and conforms to the current
strict guidelines. A regular annual maintenance and check ensures
that our standards are maintained.
Selection of equipment that reduces the possibility of contamination
Modem equipment greatly reduces the possibility of contamination
Dental unit water systems are designed with special valves and
certain disposable parts to ensure that the water supply for
each patient is protected from disease-causing agents. Special
coatings on dental units prevent bacterial colonies from forming.
Automated internal disinfect ion systems are used daily to clean
the systems. Parts are designed to be removable for disinfect
For instance, the use of suction devices to drain fluids from
the mouth greatly reduces splatter that would result from spitting
excess water from the mouth. Sterilised suction tips also contribute
to infection control.
Protecting the dental worker
Each individual dental care situation carries certain risks
and the dental worker takes the recommended precautions for
the specific situation.
For instance, dental workers wear gloves if they expect their
hands to be exposed to saliva that may contain blood. In that
way the worker is protected from catching a disease
from a patient. The patient is also protected against diseases
that might be transmitted to the patient from the workers
Similarly if splashes or splatters are anticipated during dental
care, the dental worker may wear a mask and eye protection goggles.
A long approved method of reducing the possibility of infection
is simple hand washing. Youll notice that all dental workers
wash their hands between each patient encounter. We use the
same chemicals used by surgeons in operating theatres.
We protect you in many different ways including:
- Use of disposables, when possible
- Thorough cleaning and/or sterilisation of all instruments
- Surface disinfection of contaminated surfaces
- Selection of equipment designed to prevent contamination
- Care and maintenance of dental units
- Vaccination of dental workers
- Hand washing to reduce bacteria in folds and grooves of
- Gloves to prevent direct contamination as well as cross-infection
- Protective eyewear
- Approved disposal methods for contaminated waste
If you have questions about infection control at DENTAL CLINIQUE,
please ask us. We will be glad to answer your questions. We
believe that an informed patient contributes to the care process.