How is Sterilisation related to Good Dental Practice?
Strict Sterilisation Protocols are crucial for the conduct of Dentistry. Large amount of bacteria from the mouth and bacteria that may pass through blood and saliva leading to contamination. Therefore, strict protocols are followed so that the patient's mind is at ease during treatment.
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 standards to ensure clinical sterility. The strict protocols are adhered to by all clinical staff because we know that instruments which are not fully sterilised might cause potential infections to patients. In line with our standards to keep to using Once Use Only equipment, even the root canal files are not reused. We want to ensure peace of mind to our patients with the assurance that care to even the most basic details are of paramount importance in our clinics.
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.
- Antimicrobial mouth rinses are provided just before a dental procedure to reduce contamination.
- During surgeries, patients’ faces are protected with a sterilised face mask. Only part of the cheek, chin, lips are disinfected using Iodine.
- Disinfection is done with chlorhexidine mouthwash after the surgery.