Dr. Mehta began her career working in an infectious disease clinic; she is very experienced and knowledgeable in maintaining sterile environments and preventing the spread of disease.
Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. At Chicago Loop Dentistry, we have always practiced “universal precautions” which means our approach to infection control is to treat ALL human blood and body fluids as if they were known to be infectious pathogens. This is a stringent policy that we have always taken to the utmost seriousness as health professionals. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for dental office infection control that we also abide by at Chicago Loop Dentistry.
We care about the safety of all our patients, staff, and all visitors to our office so we work diligently to prevent the spread of infection. For example, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles, and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. As an added precaution, we also cover equipment and high-touch areas with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.
Non-disposable items like dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. All staff that is involved in patient care use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns, and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands, uses hand sanitizer, and puts on a new pair of gloves.
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