How is Sterilisation related to Good Dental Practice?
Strict Sterilisation Protocols are crucial for the conduct of Dentistry. There is a large amount of bacteria from the mouth and bacteria that may pass through blood and saliva contamination. Hence it is crucial that this aspect of logistics is handled professionally without patients having to worry about this.
At Nuffield Dental, we follow an integrated part of care and handling of our patients to ensure that all our patients have a peace of mind at the end of a dental treatment. We have disposable Once Only Use equipment especially to remove blood and saliva from the mouth. We only utilise vacuum autoclave machines which are the Industry standard for the highest levels of clinical sterility. Instruments which are not fully sterilised might cause potential infections to patients. We do not reuse root canal files either. Hence our patients can have peace of mind knowing that this basic requirement is given paramount importance in our clinics.
Why is Infection Control Important?
Our mouths are teeming with microbes, and any dental clinics see a large number of patients a day has an inherent potential for spreading infectious germs between patients and dental staff, through contaminated instruments and surfaces. We can greatly minimise by following proper infection control procedures.
What do we practice in Nuffield Dental?
In Nuffield Dental, we pledge ourselves with strict Infection control to ensure our patients are at ease before and after their dental treatments:
- All dentists and assistants wear clean personal protective equipment—a scrub apron, eyewear, disposable gloves and face masks.
- All treatment instrument is wrapped and autoclaved; steamed with pre-vacuum-type sterilisers prior to usage.
- We can track all sterilisations in terms of which nurse packed it or sterilised it at a point of the sterility cycle
- Dental chairs are cleansed with disinfectants before and after every treatment procedures.
- Patients are given a protective eye protector to protect their eyes during dental treatments.
- An antimicrobial mouth rinses just before a dental procedure to reduce contamination.
- During surgeries, patients’ faces are protected with a sterilised face mask. The only part of the cheek, chin, lips are disinfected using Iodine.
- Disinfection is done with chlorhexidine mouthwash after the surgery.