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. Gilmore and receive a straightforward answer.
Dr. Gilmore 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
Due to the recent Corna Virus Pandemic we have instituted additional protocols to insure the saftey of both patients and staff. These will be subject to change as we are getting new information on best practices daily, but will include for now pre appointment health screening, limiting non essential people in the office, removal of magazines from the waiting room, daily health monitoring of staff and temporary physical barriers between the clinical portion of the office and the non clinical.
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.