Dental Infection Control Awareness
Did you know that the month of September is National Dental Infection Control
Awareness Month? Dental infection control awareness month highlights infection control in dentistry.
“The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has designated
September National Dental Infection Control Awareness Month (NDICAM) as part
of a collaborative, profession-facing effort to support dental practitioners and
help them communicate to patients the critical role infection control in dentistry
plays in preventing the spread of disease.” (www.osap.org)
What does this mean for our office?
We use hospital-grade cleaners and disinfectants to wipe down all surfaces to ensure they are cleaned and decontaminated before we treat you. Bacteria and other germs also can’t resist sterilization, even if they are resistant to antibiotics. This is why we sterilize all of our instruments.
Although you many not see it, we wash our hands before putting our gloves on, and again when we take our gloves off after treating each patient.
Watch this video from the CDC about how important hand washing is:
As a courtesy to our patients, and our staff, we ask all patients who are sick, including those with influenza (the flu), to stay home and make a new appointment for when they are better.
We’re serious about safety.
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