Cross Infection Control at Warrendale Dental Care
There is always a risk of contracting infection in any environment. The common cold is an everyday example. However it is possible to reduce this risk to a minimum with good practice and rigorous protocols. In our modern dental practice you are assured that all precautions are being taken to protect you. Rest assured that your visits to Warrendale Dental Care are safe! No one should avoid the dentist because of fear of infection.
Protecting You is a Priority to Us
Below we list some of the ways that we reduce the risk of cross infection at Warrendale.
Since there are many different diseases that are contagious (can be transmitted from one person to another) we assume that every encounter has the potential for the transmission of infection. For that reason we strictly follow the British Dental Association guidelines for cross infection control.
Specific Steps in Preventing Cross Infection
We offer the latest equipment and a range of the highest quality materials to produce lasting and aesthetically pleasing results. White (tooth coloured) filling materials are the preferred but traditional materials are still used where they are more appropriate.
- Surface Disinfection – All surfaces that might possibly come into contact with infectious materials are disinfected with approved chemicals between each patient. In addition, all floors are disinfected after each session as advised by NICE to prevent the propogation of Swine Flu.
- Cleaning and Sterilisation of Instruments – As many disposable instruments as possible are used but where this is not feasible instruments are cleaned thoroughly using the latest recommended techniques including ultrasonic baths. High Pressure, steam autoclaves are then used to sterilise the instruments. Autoclaves are serviced and tested regularly to ensure that they are functioning correctly.
- Water Supplies – Specially treated and disinfected, bottled water is used in the dental units and the equipment is fitted with the recommended safety valves to prevent cross contamination from waste water
- Personal Barriers – Dentists, Hygienists and Nurses all employ a new pair of latex free gloves for each patient. Face masks and eye protection is worn as are clean clinical overalls. When required these are supplemented by sterile surgical robes.
- Handwashing – A simple and long approved cross infection technique that is now enhanced by the use of antibacterial soaps and hand rubs. We use the same chemicals as are used by surgeons in large operating theatres.