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Major Aspects of Infection Control in Dental Environment

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DENTAL NEWS, Volume VII, Number II, 2000 Major Aspects of Infection Control in Dental Environment By Dr. Abdelhamied Yousef Saad, BDS, HDD, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, Endodontic Division, College of Dentistry, King Saud University. Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Abstract The purpose of this work was to provide policies and procedures to minimize the potential for infection and cross infection from patient to dental staff and vice versa. Based on a thorough review of dental literature, the guidelines include evaluation of patient medical and dental histories, personal protection, equipment asepsis, instrument sterilization, surface disinfection, and using aseptic technique. This review indicated that strict adherence to the contamination control guidelines could reduce transmission of infectious diseases in dental environment. Introduction Infection, in general, may originate in the oral cavity. It may become localized or extend diffusely to differen…