Maintaining the health of our patients is extremely important at PURE Dental Hygiene Care.
We strictly follow procedures recommended by Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the Royal College of Dental Surgeons, College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario and Public Health Ontario.
Because dental hygienists are working in your mouth, it’s important that you feel confident that all appropriate steps are taken to keep you safe from viruses and germs. Don’t hesitate to ask about how our dental hygiene clinic is handling infection control.
Here are some of the measures we use to maintain a healthy space:
Single use devices for products that come into direct contact with a patient’s mouth, (ie: blunt tip applicators, or the tips of irrigation and drying hoses—we do not use needles at PURE Dental Hygiene Care)
Sterilize all instruments and disinfect all surfaces (including lights, counter tops, chairs etc) between every patient.
Ongoing equipment cleaning and disinfecting, as well as checks and tests on all dental devices to make sure we meet provincial standards.
Daily biological spore test on sterilizer (Statim G4 model) and each load is monitored by mechanical and chemical testing.
All instrument cassettes are inspected by hand and identified with a sterilization load number, date and time. Each sterilization bag and cassette is identified with two different levels of process indicators to verify their state.
The hygienist wears masks, glasses and fresh rubber gloves (latex free) with each patient.
Before every visit, the hygienist reviews each patient’s health history. Because some contagions are not present at early onset, we take the same precautions with every patient to help minimize the spread of infection.
We are very conscious of the fact that health-threatening bacteria, viruses and other conditions are constantly changing and evolving into new, sometimes more virulent strains. We are absolutely committed to continuing education by which we remain current, informed, and capable of current patient protection.