Infection control has always been front and center in the dental field. With the breakout of Covid-19 in 2020, infection control stepped into the spotlight. To help battle the Covid-19 pandemic we have added additional staff personal protective equipment (PPE), patient screening, temperature checks, a pre-treatment mouth rinse, HEPA filters in each treatment room, and daily cold fogging of the entire office.
Infection controls and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. You should feel free to discuss this topic with Dr. Heron and receive a straightforward answer.
Dr. Heron and our entire team follow procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:
- Disinfectant hand soap
- Gloves and face masks
- Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use
- Disposable materials
- Cold fogging the entire office and all surfaces daily
We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental hand pieces. We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure.
The best defense against disease is information. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel.