Infection Control

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We are proud to offer the most advance and comprehensive sterilization available. 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. Smith or Dr. Wetterhus and receive a straightforward answer.

Dr. Smith, Dr. Wetterhus, and their entire team follow and exceed 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
  • Tour of the Sterilization Center Gloves and face masks
  • Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
  • Sterilization of all equipment before every use
  • Disposable materials
We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental hand pieces. We use a high pressure disinfecting power wash and wrap each individual instrument cassette in surgical paper. Only after these additional steps do 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.