A cleaner office is a safer office: tackling infection control in the dental setting

Cleanliness and infection control have certainly come a long way in the dental office. I mean, there was once a time when you would go to your local barber and squeeze in a dental visit at the same time (seriously – believe it or not, barbering and dentistry co-existed up until the 1800s!). Nowadays, cleanliness is a top priority for dental offices, and for good reason.

In all areas of healthcare, infection control remains immensely important – and that is no exception in dentistry. Whether it is cross-contamination, infectious aerosols or harbouring bacteria, there seems to be an endless list of concerns to tackle in the dental setting.

Without proper precautions in place, bacteria and disease transmission poses a threat to both the dental professional and the patient. I understand that this sounds particularly daunting but, fear not! In today’s day-and-age of dentistry we have the solution for infection prevention to put the mind of both the dental professional and the patient at ease. Thank goodness for that because we wouldn’t want to revert back to the barber and dentist 2-for-1 deal!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is your go-to guide for all things infection control. A good place to start would be checking out the “Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings”. Here you can find how dental personnel can protect themselves and patients from infection. Whether it’s proper handing washing, safe injection processes or instrument sterilization, you’ve really struck the gold mine of dental safety precautions.

From this exhaustive list of precautions, I’d like to point out arguably the most stylish recommendation – personal protective equipment. These gloves, masks and gowns don’t resemble designer brands, but they are critical, nonetheless. The CDC advises for the use of gloves in situations involving possible exposure to blood, bodily fluids, mucous membranes, non-intact skin and other potentially infectious material. On top of that, such gloves are not to be worn with more than one patient and must be single use, washing the gloves is not an option. Similarly, gowns and masks are to be worn to protect skin during procedures where exposure to blood and bodily fluids is expected.

During essentially any dental procedure, you can expect exposure to bodily fluids – it is inevitable. As you can see from the CDC guidelines, it’s no surprise that personal protective equipment is a must in a dental setting. Fortunately, a brand by the name of OMNIA has you covered (literally and figurately) for all of your protection and infection control needs. Better yet, OMNIA offers different pre-assembled sets of disposables depending on the dental procedure at hand. These procedure kits allow infection control to be handled by providing dental professionals with all of the sterile and disposable materials they may need for the task at hand.

Approaching infection control with confidence is a breeze with OMNIA procedure kits in your cleanliness arsenal.

REFERENCES

Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings. (2018) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/summary-infection-prevention-practices/standard-precautions.html

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