Do you know that proper disinfection and sterilization techniques are one of the most important aspects of your treatment? Taking the time to properly disinfect an operatory can take up to 15 minutes.
The Dental Assistance Program at PACC has a 45 hour course devoted to this task. The practice of proper hygiene and asepsis has always played a key role in the program. Good practices are reinforced during all practical modules and throughout job training.
Dental offices use FDA or Health Canada approved hospital grade disinfectants in order to keep the patients safe. An ideal surface disinfectant should rapidly kill a broad spectrum of bacteria, have low toxicity and exhibit residual activity (its action continues long after initial application).
Our students are taught that surface cleaning is a two-step process, cleaning and then disinfecting. Waterlines are purged and disinfected after every patient, instruments are cleaned before being sterilized and disposable products and barriers are used as much as possible. Rest assured you are in good hands with PACC dental assistant.
Ask your dental office about their infection control practices today. It is your right as a patient to feel comfortable while on the dental chair.