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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-41

Dental office design and waste care management in infection control


1 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Madha Dental College, Dr. MGR University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Sindhuja Krishnan
Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Madha Dental College, Dr. MGR University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
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Infection control is the most vital and fundamental aspect of health-care practice pertaining to the faculties of medicine, surgery, or dentistry. The nature of dental procedures involves occupational exposure to blood and saliva that might carry these microorganisms. Dental health-care professionals and dental patients are, therefore, at a high risk for developing infectious diseases. This article emphasizes the importance of infection control in a dental office. It describes the protocol to be followed in a dental clinic setup. Steps in health care waste management have also been discussed. It is extremely important for a dentist to follow a protocol to facilitate cross-infection control in the office and to prevent cross-contamination between the patients, dentists, assistants, and ancillary staff. Personal protection, decontamination/sterilization of instruments and materials, and formulation of an infection control policy have been discussed.


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