Infection control and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control — you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone of a clean and safe dental practice is the element of trust. You should feel free to discuss this topic with Dr. Knight, and you will receive a straightforward answer.
Dr. Knight and her entire team follow 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, face masks, protective clothing
- Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use
- Disposable materials
We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental handpieces. We use a Chemiclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by chemical steam, heat and pressure. Heat sensitive equipment is sterilized in a special germicidal solution.
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.