PRACTICAL MEASURES FOR DENTAL PRACTICES

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Aerosol Management

Aerosol contamination is one of the biggest challenges in dental practice. Good use of high-volume evacuation can reduce this by up to 95%. Rubber dam can also mitigate the level of contaminated aerosol in the environment and should be used whenever possible including for routine restorations.

Preprocedural rinsing

Extensive research has been undertaken on the benefits of preprocedural rinsing for reduction of pathogens in aerosol. Ask patients to rinse for minimum 30 seconds prior to the start of treatment with a 1% peroxide solution, 0.12% chlorhexidine or an alcohol-free essential oil mouth rinse.

Surface Management

Now, more than ever, it is important that you know and understand how each of your cleaning and disinfection products work. Thorough cleaning with a neutral, clinical grade detergent and drying afterwards remains the focus for effective surface management. Disinfectant should be used as time allows with particular attention being paid to the manufacturer’s stated contact times.

Consider your Primary, Secondary and Housekeeping zones and general areas within the practice and make sure you have a documented, scheduled management plan for each.

Beyond the dental practice

For most of us our number one priority is keeping our families and loved ones safe. We do not want to be transferring anything that may have contaminated us during our day in the dental practice. To prevent contamination outside of the dental practice: