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How To control Cross infection in Dentistry | Basic Guide

what is cross-infection?

Dental cross infection is the spreading of infectious diseases from patient to dentist or from dentist to patient, from dental staff to patient or from patient to patient and from contaminated surfaces contact.

what is cross infection control?

Preventing the spreading of infectious diseases from patient to dentist or from dentist to patient, from dental staff to patient or from patient to another patient.

How to prevent cross infection control in Dentistry

it can be controlled by following proper protocol for each patient recommended by WHO wearing proper gloves and masks, sterilization of all the instruments by means of autoclaving, Chemical Disinfection of the dental unit and surrounding area for better control of infections

Steps to Be taken Before Any Dental Procedure For controlling the infectious Diseases

  • Medical History of the patient
  • wearing gloves, masks, and goggles
  • sterilization of all instruments
  • Disinfection of dental unit and surrounding things
  • Proper and latest protocol for the treatment
  • autoclaving and chemical disinfection of all the dental tools

Medical History of the patient

Beside Dental history Taking a medical history is more important in each patient to know more about systemic diseases and infectious diseases and prevent yourself, staff and patient.

Gloves, Masks, And Goggles

For each and every Patient new masks and glove should be used. By wearing goggles Dentist is prevented by the splashing of aerosols to the eyes during different procedures like scaling these basics steps prevents and help to reduce the cross infections.

Sterilization and autoclaving

The most effective way of killing the germs by autoclaving all dental instruments such as dental mirror, dental metal instruments must be properly sterilized before any procedure

Disinfection of the dental chair and unit

it is necessary to disinfect the dental unit by different chemical methods. There are different strong chemicals available in the market which can be used to kill the germs and viruses. This will help to reduce the cross infections

Latest protocol For the treatment

Always be updated with WHO and ADA for daily new diseases and how to control and prevent cross infectious diseases and follow the latest protocol for the treatment

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Author Since:  September 20, 2018

Hi, There Dentist Arif khan
BDS,RDS

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