OSHA

Infection Control and Your Safety

What Our Sterilization and Disinfection Practices Mean To You?

The Toledo Periodontics facility was designed to provide the highest quality of sterilization and disinfection practices in order to ensure your safety during treatment procedures.  We strictly adhere to and strive to surpass the most recent guidelines mandated by The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB), the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP).  Our staff is fully trained in the latest infection control protocols and our training is updated annually (or more frequently as mandated).

Some our infection control procedures include:

  • Autoclave (steam under pressure) sterilization of all surgical and dental hygiene  instruments.
  • Use of internal and external chemical monitors on all sterilized instruments to assure autoclave (sterilizer) processing.
  • Weekly testing of sterilization equipment in accordance with the Ohio State Dental Board to assure proper function of sterilization equipment.
  • Sterilization area designed to clearly separate sterile/clean area from contaminated area.
  • Disinfectants or barrier (plastic) wraps used to cover all surfaces that cannot be sterilized, such as the treatment chair, door handles, light switches,  etc. in accordance with CDC and OSDB guidelines.
  • Handwashing and gloving procedures in accordance with the CDC and OSDB guidelines for hand hygiene.  This is the single most important procedure for the prevention of cross-contamination.
  • All employees must wear gloves whenever placing their fingers into the mouth of a patient or when handling blood/saliva contaminated items, in accordance with Ohio Revised Colde Chapter 4715.
  • Disposable surgical gowns worn during surgical procedures.  Employee uniforms are laundered on site in accordance with current infection control guidelines.
  • A complete and thorough personal, medical and dental history is performed on each patient prior to treatment to protect all employees and other patients.
  • All employees must show evidence of immunity or immunization against the Hepatitis B virus  in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4715.
  • All patients are offered a pre-procedural mouthrinse, which has been shown to reduce the amount of airborne microorganisms by 98% (Cottone, et al, 1996).
  • Masks and protective eyewear are worn by dentists and dental health care  workers, in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4715-20- 01.  Additionally, protective eyewear is offered to patients to reduce     the chance of eye injury.
  • The water source for our dental units is distilled water which removes any chance for contamination that is found in regular tap water.

Please visit the following links for more information:

http://dental.ohio.gov/icmanual.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/pdf/guidelines/Disinfection_Nov_2008.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5217a1.htm

http://www.osap.org/