Infection control procedures are precautions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed special recommendations for use in dental offices. At ZCY Perio, we care about your safety and work hard to prevent the spread of infection. Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, including the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and counter tops, have been cleaned and decontaminated. Some offices may cover this equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.
Non-disposable items, like dental tools, are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable items such as needles or gauze are placed in special bags or containers. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to wear protective garments, like gloves, masks, gowns and eye wear. Disposable items, like the gloves and masks, are discarded after each patient. Members of the treatment team are required to wash their hands and put on a new pair of gloves before seeing each patient.