We live in an Era where new, easy spreadable disease can quickly get you, just by simple act of breathing….
We at Dunes Dental Services, want you to know that patient protection is top priority in our office. We are doing everything within our capabilities to assure the sterility and safety of our working environment. For example, between each patient, the treatment rooms are thoroughly wiped with a surface disinfectant that kills TB in 3 minutes and HBV, HCV, and HIV in 2 minutes. The instruments are put through a system of ultrasonic scrubbing and then sterilized with a large, pressurized steam oven called an autoclave. Also we have weekly monitoring of the autoclave, to reassure that all spore tests are returning negative and you , our patients are safe with each touch of our instruments.
All of our hand-pieces (drills) are also thoroughly wiped with the surface disinfectant and then sterilized in a pressured steam oven. All of our prophy angles (cleaning and polishing instrument) are disposable so that you and your family can be assured that you will always have a fresh new one every time you have your teeth cleaned. We use disposable products whenever possible to eliminate cross-infection.
We also make sure that our waterlines are disinfected and monitored periodically , in fact our latest result was zero colony per milliliter of filter water. Sounds impossible, but we have the proof. Why the waterlines are important? Because, biofilms are microscopic communities that consist primarily of naturally occurring water bacteria and fungi. They form thin layers on virtually all surfaces, including dental water delivery systems. These organisms accumulate inside the thin tubes used to deliver water in dental treatment and grow into large populations. Water flowing from the dental waterline tubing into a patient's mouth can have high colony counts of these organisms. Exposure to these microbes does not mean that an individual will get an infection or a disease. However, if a person's immune system is compromised for any reason including age, smoking, heavy drinking, being a transplant or cancer patient or because of HIV infection, he or she may have more difficulty fighting off the invading germs. This is why the CDC has set dental water quality standards of no greater than 500 colony forming units of microbial contamination in water used for patient care in order to help protect patients and dental staff.
Next time you come in our office just ask us to show you our sterilization area, that we are so proud of!This is just another way to show how much we care!