Join Any Savings Plan Today & Get 1 Extra Month Free!
Close X

you are > Dental Health Articles > National sterilization protocols recommended to all dental offices

National sterilization protocols recommended to all dental offices
Updated: 8/5/2010 7:00:17 PM

National sterilization protocols recommended to all dental offices In the wake of several highly publicized cases of poor sterilization practices, some dentist's offices are implementing improved sterilization procedures. Health officials believe those who follow these protocols will prevent the spreading of several diseases, according to The St. Louis American.

This follows a recent epidemic at a Veteran's Association clinic in Virginia in which employees reused equipment specifically for one-time use only. An investigation of the center revealed that more than 1,800 veterans who received dental treatments at at the clinic had contracted hepatitis B, C or HIV.

Oral care experts recommend disinfecting chairs, counters and lights in between dental appointments as well as throwing away anything that is disposable and may have been exposed to bacteria. Also, better sterilization of uniforms and the one-time use of gloves and masks are recommended, the news source reports.

"The bottom line with infection control is constant surveillance and retraining because people tend to become lax over periods of time," said Ollie Fisher, a St. Louis dentist. He added that "you have to continually reinforce these standards."

Veterans who hear stories like these may be less likely to visit a dentist. In fact, from 2001 to 2004, approximately 27 percent of Americans aged 20 to 64 years had untreated dental problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.

© 2010 Brafton Inc.


The materials and articles published on are for informational purposes only. Although strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and makes no commitment to update the information on expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on Decisions based on information contained on are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.

Nothing on constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to with or without’s knowledge.