But you can rest assured that, in accordance with OSHA and the American Dental Association, your dentist carefully cleans and sterilizes their tools between each patient in order to prevent the spread of germs and disease.
After your dentist is finished with a patient, the tools are carefully gathered up and transported to another room, specifically designed for sterilizing tools.
The cleaning process begins with removing all visible debris from each and every reusable tool. The tools are then placed into a dishwasher to clean and disinfect them further. Any tools that are disposable (gloves, masks, tubes) are thrown away.
State of the Art Sterilization
The tools are not finished at the dishwasher. Once done there, an employee will remove the tools, while wearing gloves, and give them another look to make sure they are indeed clean. Then, the tools are sealed in special bags and placed into an autoclave that reaches high temperatures in order to kill any lingering bacteria or viruses.
To ensure they are working properly, your dentist's office performs periodic testing and will also have independent testing performed as well. After the tools are finished in the autoclave, they remain in their sealed bags until ready for use, which helps to keep down any potential contamination before your exam.
What About the Rooms?
The rooms are cleaned between each patient as well. Disinfectant sprays are used to kill bacteria and viruses from all surfaces - counters, handles, the chair, even the lamp. And, if you haven't noticed, most offices have hand sanitizer for use in every room.
Your dentist takes your health very seriously. As a result, every measure is taken to ensure the tools are sterilized and the rooms thoroughly cleaned. With this, not only is your oral health kept in good shape, so, too, is your overall health.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.