Dentist in Balham, London

40 Balham High Road
Balham, London SW12 9AQ

Telephone: 0208 675 7307

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THE DENTAL PRACTICE > How we protect you

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.


Universal precautions

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 when needed.

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.

Surface disinfection
All surfaces that might possibly come into contact with infection-carrying materials are disinfected with approved chemicals between each patient.


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 and infection.
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 ion.

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 worker’s hands.

Similarly if splashes or splatters are anticipated during dental care, the dental worker may wear a mask and eye protection goggles.



Handwashing

A long approved method of reducing the possibility of infection is simple hand washing. You’ll notice that all dental workers wash their hands between each patient encounter. We use the same chemicals used by surgeons in operating theatres.



In Summary

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 skin
  • 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.

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