How Dental Offices Are Adhering to Infection Control During COVID-19

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In light of recent events regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, there is a need to understand how dental offices are meeting infection control guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its situation report about the Coronavirus virus. Based on CDC guidelines, the American Dental Association (ADA) has provided a detailed handout for dental professionals on how to handle patient assessment and adhere to infection control measures.

Infection control measures

Dental offices are paying attention to infection control now more than ever, considering how easily the disease spreads. Dental professionals have to work closely with patients and therefore, have developed better ways to handle sterilization and disinfection. Infection control measures in dental offices prevent the spread of the disease.

To keep the patients and the dental staff safe, every exposed surface in the dental office, from dental chairs and drawer handles to dental lights and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. Every equipment is covered with protective coverings and changed after every patient. The infection control measures to minimize the risk of transmitting COVID-19 include the following. 

Handling dental tools

Before attending to the next patient, non-disposable items like dental instruments are cleaned and sterilized. Disposable dental tools and needles are discarded and never reused. Infection control measures include all dental staff wearing proper personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, gloves and eyewear. After attending to the patient, they will throw away disposable masks and gloves. Before meeting the next patient, everyone in the treatment department will wash their hands and wear a new pair of gloves.

Dental offices follow protocols suggested by relevant authorities regarding disinfection, decontamination, sterilization and reprocessing of reusable tools and disposing of clinical wastes. They also ensure that sterile instruments are safe from recontamination by using proper barrier packaging. Single-use tools are used if sterilization is not possible. They exercise care when handling sharp tools, take them away after use and dispose of them in a puncture-resistant container.

Biopsy specimens are handled cautiously and stored in leak-proof containers as recommended. Disinfection protocols are used for prostheses, instruments, impressions and relevant items moved into and from the dental lab.

Appropriate hand hygiene: Every dental professional will wash their hands with non-antimicrobial soap and water, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, or antiseptic handwash after encountering possible respiratory secretions and contaminated tools or materials.

Proper respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette: Keep the mouth and nose covered when sneezing or coughing, if possible, with one's arms, not hands. The nearest waste container is for disposing of tissues, and the next step is to clean the hand properly.

Proper contact precautions: Dental professionals will identify patients with acute respiratory conditions during check-in, place them in a single-patient room and keep the door shut.

In conclusion

Members of the dental healthcare team are obligated to stay updated with the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases that can spread in the clinical setting, comply with standard precautions and the transmission-based precautions as established by the relevant bodies and take proper measures regarding infection control to keep themselves and their patients safe against infections.

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Neveen ElgawlyNeveen Elgawly
21:51 15 Sep 22
They have a great team, price is very reasonable and excellent customer service. My first time there and it won’t be my last. I highly recommend the place for anyone who is looking for a professional dental practice.
Hady SayedHady Sayed
04:55 22 Jul 22
Super friendly, courteous, & helpful staff. Dr. Olga herself is a fountain of knowledge who's really clear and easy to talk to.
Amy BalrajAmy Balraj
22:53 18 Jul 22
I recently moved to the area and the only reason I keep coming here is because of Dr.Philip. She is extremely personable and gentle. She doesn’t force you to do anything and you’re welcome to ask as many questions as you need. I never wait long and the rest of the staff is extremely friendly. Definitely come to Paramus Dental Arts
Melisa LjekocevicMelisa Ljekocevic
17:17 04 May 22
Such a clean facility! Dr. Anju was amazing, such a pleasant teeth cleaning. Wanda was also so nice, very helpful and informative. Overall, amazing experience. Booked my next appointment already. Definitely recommend.Great atmosphere!
Carlos HernandezCarlos Hernandez
19:24 07 Mar 22
I absolutely love this place. Today was my first time coming here and the experience was nothing but pleasant. The two ladies at the front desk were super friendly and had great personalities. The dental hygienist and the doctor were super professional and friendly and got done everything I needed to get done and guided me on how to get myself to where I want. I will be coming back and this place deserves more then 5 stars! Thank you!