Infection Control at the Dentist

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The American Dental Association (ADA) and the Center for Decease Control (CDC) predetermine infection control procedures in the form of guidelines designed to assist dentists in preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Dental infection control is an ongoing process that requires consistent re-evaluation of procedures and training of professionals. The CDC makes periodic evaluations to existing reports addressing key aspects of notable concern to dental professionals periodically. The number one aspect on CDC recommendation listings is addressing the educating and protecting of dental-health care personnel.

Dentistry Infection Control Recommendations

Recommendations are developed as a collaborative action of authorities on infection, public agencies and academia and private organizations. Dental infection control falls into a number of categories including prevention techniques for eliminating the spread of hand hygiene, blood-borne pathogens and effective washing techniques. The collaboration also reflects such topics as contact dermatitis and latex hypersensitivity, personal protective equipment and environmental infection control. In regards to the patient the CDC and affiliates, discuss among other things, the importance of sterilisation and disinfection of patient-care items, dental waterlines and water quality. Dental hand-pieces and other devices that attached directly into waterlines are of special consideration when considering sanitising procedures and must be given greater attention during cleansing processes.

Dentists need to follow latest Infection Control Guidelines

Special topics in need of consideration regarding dental infection control include the sterilization of dental hand-pieces and other portable devices as well as disinfection techniques for radiology and oral surgery procedures. With constant updates to infection control policies and guidelines and considering there can be a number of areas that are not commonly practiced during clinic training procedures. It is most important that dentists are aware of and ensure proper implementation of all correct infection control processes and new infection control requirements as the dentist is ultimately responsible to ensure every precaution is taken, according to regulation.

Professional Infection Control Services for Dentists

As more dental office infection control incident failures in dental offices are being reported nationwide and the public growing more fearful of dental infection control practices, government agencies are now being forced to respond proactively. It is now more important than ever for your dental office to make sure it is meeting all infection control standards. What steps is your dental practice taking? ICCS can help your dental offices meet and exceed current infection control standards through our highly trained, professional staff and proven techniques. ICCS is leading infection control dental programs across the country today helping dental office meet all necessary infection control safety procedures.

Our Dental Infection Control process begins by conducting on-site inspection to fully evaluate the dental facility, equipment and practices to base proper recommendations. We help you address any present or potential issues as recommended. We also bring all dentists and staff up to date with the latest education and training programs regarding sanitation and disinfection policies and procedure within the dental office. The program’s content is constantly reviewed and updated as new policies emerge, and existing processes get modified accordingly. All staff from administration to surgical assistants should attend these instructional courses as each member can assist in the prevention of disease prevention within the office.

For latest ICCS news and how ICCS is being called on to help dental practices throughout the country subscribe to our blog or visit our website to schedule a free initial telephone consultation to find out more on how we can help you with your Dental infection prevention and control needs.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.