Up to date equipment, procedures, and knowledge to ensure your health and safety
Facts about Infection Control
There is much concern about cross contamination of disease from patient to patient in dental offices. We at Bravo Smile want to assure you that your health and safety is always our primary concern. These are some of the up-to-date procedures we use to protect your health.
- We use an advanced, state of the art Sterilization Center, built for efficiency and convenience in dental health practices.
- All equipment is sterilized either by steam autoclave, chemical disinfecting, or use of disposable equipment.
- Cross contamination from person to person is prevented by the use of disposable gloves and masks.
- Surface areas that have been touched during patient treatment are wiped off with a mild chemical solution before the next patient.
- Bravo Smile staff participate in Continuing Education to keep up with the latest developments in patient safety practices.
Our Sterilization Center is a self contained unit that facilitates the sterilization of dental instruments. It has solid surface countertops, an ultrasonic cleaner, a hospital grade sterilizer and an area for “cold sterile” solutions.
Instruments and handpieces are cleaned in a number of ways depending upon their structure:
1. Autoclaving – In this process, dental instruments are cleaned by equipment that uses super-heated high-pressure steam.
First, instruments undergo an ultrasonic treatment to remove any debris. They are then wrapped in surgical wrap and placed in the autoclave. Once sterilized, they are stored, still wrapped, and only opened shortly before the patient is seated.
Monitors are used weekly to verify the adequacy of sterilization cycles, and the autoclave is checked monthly for efficiency by an outside service.
2. Disinfecting – If the instrument could be damaged by heat, it is immersed in an EPA-registered chemical sterilant. This includes dental instruments that may be exposed to spatter or spray of body fluids or that may have been touched by contaminated hands.
3. Disposable instruments are used if the above cleaning techniques cannot be used.
Gloves are worn when skin contact with body fluids or mucous membranes is anticipated, or when touching items or surfaces that may be contaminated with these fluids. After contact with each patient, gloves are removed and hands are washed and then regloved before treating another patient.
Protective clothing (gowns or similar outer garments, either reusable or disposable) is worn when clothing or skin is likely to be exposed to body fluids. Protective clothing is changed when soiled or penetrated by fluids. It is removed after use and placed in laundry bags or containers that are properly marked.
Surgical Masks are worn to protect the face, the oral mucosa and the nasal mucosa when spatter of body fluids is anticipated. Masks are changed when soiled or wet.
Protective eyewear, fitted with solid side shields, is worn to protect the eyes when spatter or splash of body fluids is anticipated. Eyewear is cleaned as necessary.
Hand washing is always done at the start of each day, before gloving, after removal of gloves, and after touching inanimate objects likely to be contaminated by body fluids from patients. For routine dental procedures, such as examinations and nonsurgical procedures, hand washing is done with plain soap, since soap and water will remove transient microorganisms acquired directly or indirectly from patient contact. For surgical procedures, an antimicrobial surgical handscrub is used.
Handling of sharp instruments and needles. Sharp instruments are handled carefully to prevent injuries. Syringe needles are recapped after they are used. These sharp items are discarded into puncture-resistant biohazard (sharps) containers that are easily accessible.
Surface Decontamination – Countertops and dental equipment surfaces such as light handles, X-ray unit heads, cabinet and drawer pulls, tray tables and chair switches, which are likely to become contaminated with potentially infectious materials are either covered or disinfected. All surfaces are not only cleaned after each patient, but plastic coverings are placed over surfaces for each new patient.
We use water bottles with distilled water for the spray in the handpieces and for rinsing. All water lines are cleaned daily, as is the vacuum system.
Housekeeping surfaces, including floors, sinks and related objects, are not likely to be associated with the transmission of infection, and extraordinary attempts to disinfect these surfaces are not necessary. However, the removal of visible soil is undertaken on a routine basis using cleaners with germicidal properties.
We take great pride in making our treatment rooms in our Portland, Oregon dental clinic safe so you can receive quality treatment.
We at Bravo Smile believe in taking the extra steps to stay informed about the the most advanced infection control procedures to ensureyour health and safety.
We closely follow the guidelines of the American Dental Association. Much of the above information comes from their sources.
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