How to Prevent (Not Just Control) Infectious Diseases in Dental Clinics

sterilisation instrumentSome dental patients are very doubtful to maintain their regular trips to your office due to laziness, lack of time, or economic constraints. You don’t want to give them another reason: fear of contracting an infectious disease.

As a dental professional, you try your best to practice infection control. On the other hand, do you really just want to control diseases—or do you want to prevent them? You’d go with prevention, of course. After all, “prevention” is the very word that goes with what you do.

Here are some ways to prevent the dreadful diseases in your clinic:

Train Your Staff

You know what to do, but what about the staff? The ADA requires all the support staff in dental clinics to have the right training about infection and disease prevention. Conduct a seminar, webinar, in-house program, or a self-study course for the staff members.

Make sure ALL the members participate in the training—even if the team is not directly involved in the daily procedures. Disease prevention should also always be on the agenda of regular meetings to keep the safety measures fresh in everyone’s minds.

Clean and Sterilise Your Instruments

One of the most common reasons diseases spread in the clinic is when the staff does not clean and sterilise the equipment thoroughly. Use durable gloves while cleaning the infected instruments so you can prevent puncture injuries. Use EPA-approved disinfectants like Cavicide1 as well to prevent further spread of diseases.

Use Protective Gear

Use gloves, masks, protective clothing, and safety glasses. There is no excuse not to use them, and there is no excuse to abuse them either. Change your facemasks after each patient—they are disposable and for single-use only. Don’t attempt to use them over and over again, even if it means you are saving some of your budget.

You also need to remember that wearing gloves does not give you an excuse to avoid washing your hands.

Don’t wait for diseases to come to your door before you do anything about it. Remember: Prevention is always better than cure.

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