Why is it important?

There is a significant risk of cross infection between patients and dental personnel. Patient’s safety and well-being is of utmost priority to every dental team. Effective infection control helps in preventing transmission of infectious diseases (such as Hepatitis B & C, HIV etc.). We strictly adhere to universal precautions developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in our dental clinic. 

What are the precautions?

  • Medical history
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Personal Protection
  • Handling Dental Instrument
  • Surface cleaning

Medical history

Thorough medical history is mandatory and should be up-dated not only to detect any presence of active infections but some medical conditions may adversely affect the content of the dental treatments.

Personal hygiene

Hand washing

Hand hygiene is the most important measure to prevent spread of infection. Hand washing prior to and immediately after every visit as hands are the most common way to transmit diseases.

Personal protection

Appropriate protective equipments such as uniform/ disposable gown, masks, gloves and protective eyewear are required to protect dental personnel from spatter and aerosols during dental treatment. After each appointment, disposable items such as face masks and gloves are discarded.

Handling Dental instruments

Used instruments are cleaned and presoak in disinfactant
The dental instruments are place in the ultrasonic cleaner to further cleaning
After cleaning, the instrument are packed before sterilization
After sterilization, they will be placed back into the drawers ready to be used again!!

Non-disposable items like dental tools are cleaned and sterilized before use. Disposable items such as injection needle and blades are disposed and never reused on another patient. Handpieces are cleaned with handpiece cleaner unit before re-use. Dental instruments are presoaked in the disinfectant and cleaned, packed and sent to autoclave unit to be sterilized after every use. After sterilization, all the instruments are stored in drawers to prevent recontamination.

Surface disinfection

Disinfection Solution

Before any appointment, all the surfaces such as dental chair, light handles and handpieces are wiped and cleaned. Disposable coverings are used on handpieces and suctions and discarded after use.

Waste disposal

Yellow Bin

Sharp wastes such as needles and blades are disposed into special bin called Yellow Bin. Clinical waste will be collected in the clinical waste bin.

Conclusion

Effective infective control is crucial in dental practice so that oral health can be delivered to patients in a safe manner.