Infection controls and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control — you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. You should feel free to discuss this topic with Dr. Edmond Kim and receive a straightforward answer. Dr. Edmond Kim and our 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 and face masks
- Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use
- Disposable materials
- Monitor Sterilizers
The CDC recommends that you monitor sterilizers at least weekly with biological indicators. Biological monitoring can be done in two ways: In-office incubator and spore monitoring strips and mail-in spore monitoring programs. The in-office method usually gives results in 24-48 hours and mail-in spore monitoring programs usually take a week. Although it takes longer to get results using a service, third-party monitoring programs may offer more credibility than in-house monitoring. At Newport Dental Care, PC we go above and beyond the CDC recommendation. We monitor our sterilizers twice a week using both methods.
We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental hand pieces. We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure. 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.