Infection Control

Infection controls and universal precautions protect patients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control — you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. You should feel free to discuss this topic with our staff and receive a straightforward answer.

Photo: Doctor making a heart shape with his gloved handsOur doctors and entire team follow training and procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:

  • Disinfectant hand soap
  • Gloves and face masks
  • Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
  • Sterilization of all equipment before every use
  • Disposable materials

We sterilize all reusable equipment, including ultrasonic tools and dental hand pieces and use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure to insure proper sterilization. In addition to these federal regulations, we cover surfaces with barrier shields (despite disinfectant before and after use) and have installed optional filters to help give back to our environment by removing harmful chemicals (i.e. mercury) from our waste.

The best defense against disease is information; the more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel at our office and with our staff.