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Guide to Biosecurity in Dentistry
Dental Biosecurity is today one of the most important points when choosing your trusted dentist .
As a patient, you have the right to know all the measures that your dentist takes to prevent all types of infections.
Dentists are prepared to deal with all kinds of infectious agents to which they are exposed and they are mainly due to transmission of infections through blood or saliva to avoid infections for HIV, Hepatitis, Influenza among others
Now, how do I know that your dentist is secure? and is he taking adequate biosecurity protocols? And do you do it systematically? Table of contents
Dental biosecurity protocols
At the Asiri Dental Care Center we are a biosecure dental office located in Quito and we follow a rigorous Infection Prevention Plan that contains all the measures that we follow at the foot of the letter and in a daily and systematic way.
This plan or protocol is an extensive document where all our practices regarding infection prevention are reflected.
It goes from the most basic topic that are vaccines to the most complex as precautions against airborne infectious agents such as the SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID -19
Within this plan, you will be able to find the precautions that we take and that are divided into two main categories:
Standard Dental Biosecurity Precautions
As a general rule, the dentist must consider that each and every one of his patients may be carriers of a contagious disease
When considering this rule, then there is a set of measures that should always be taken regardless of whether the patient is healthy or has any disease.
These standard measurements are:
- Hand hygiene
- Personal Protective Equipment (gown, gloves, hat, mono glasses, masks)
- Safe handling of sharps
- Cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of equipment
- Cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces
- Management of infectious waste
In addition to these standard measures there are other special categories that are used according to specific situations of possibility of contagion and are called:
Transmission Base Precautions
These precautions should be used to prevent contagion of diseases such as Covid-19 are divided into:
- Precautions for contact transmission
- Precautions for airborne transmission
It is in these types of precautions where the dentist protects himself from highly contagious agents such as COVID-19, SARS, and Influenza.