Taking basic precautions will help protect dental teams and patients from cross-transmission risks from emerging infectious diseases.
Implementing proper protocols will help dental teams prevent infection control breaches during sterilization and disinfection procedures — and respond appropriately if a breach occurs.
The proper management of dental unit water systems will help ensure the provision of safe care.
As a key element of personal protective equipment, gloves provide an important barrier to contact transmission in dental settings.
Biological indicators, when used in combination with other steam sterilization monitoring protocols, are an excellent way to ensure sterility during dental instrument reprocessing.
The following protocols will help reduce the risk of cross-contamination in the dental operatory.