How do dentists stop germs from spreading?

We’re all familiar with germs. 

Germs are typically passed from person to person and are responsible for spreading a wide range of conditions and diseases. In dentistry, we have to be extremely careful about germs – Dentists work with many different patients. So we need to ensure that we take the proper precautions to protect ourselves, as well as our patients, from the spread of germs. At JJS Dentistry, we follow strict protocols to protect our patients, dentists and staff from the spread of bacteria and subsequent infection.

Some universal precautions must be taken by dentists to control the risk. It is common for dentists to assume that patients who come into the office for dental treatment are potentially infectious – whether they show any symptoms or not. It is essential that the dentist:

  • Wash their hands before and after each patient
  • Use new, sterile gloves for each patient
  • Wear protective clothing during every treatment
  • Wear a sterile mask and protective eyewear, like goggles
  • Use high evaluation suction and a barrier in the patient’s mouth
  • Discard single-use instruments into a special medical waste container
  • Disinfect the chair and other treatment areas often
  • Place covers and barriers on equipment to protect the surfaces
  • Use disposable, single-use items such as gauze, cotton, saliva injectors and bibs 
  • Sterilize instruments very thoroughly

By following the above protocols, dentists ensure that the entire office is safe from infection and prevents the risk of passing infectious conditions such as:

  • Tuberculosis
  • The common cold
  • Pneumonia
  • HIV
  • Herpes
  • The common cold
  • Hepatitis B
  • The flu

With properly sanitized products in the dental office, the team can greatly reduce the risk of cross-contamination between patients and staff, and provide you with peace of mind when visiting us.

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