The Time To Repair Current Safety Protocols Is Here
The goal of our website to is to raise awareness to dentists, orthodontists, hygienists, and the public about rising health concerns that are occurring in dental offices. The majority of people understand that you can get sick in a hospital, but what patients don’t realize is that when they go to a dental office, they too can become sick or infected. The primary role of a dentist and their staff is to ensure their office is safe and sterile. Infection control protocols are the most important aspect of the day-to-day activities in an office. Unfortunately, protocols are not always followed. Sometimes an office gets busy and steps are skipped during the rush. Sometimes it’s a money factor. Cutting costs here and there to save on the bottom line. We are not saying this happens in all offices. The majority of dental offices are safe and the staff do a great job, but there are still areas of concern we would like to discuss.
Air Water Syringe
The dental air water syringe is the most used device in a dental office. This dental device is used on every patient for every procedure. No matter if you are getting a root canal or a simple cleaning, the air water syringe is always used. Unfortunately, the air water syringe is one of the dental devices we are most concerned about. Dental air water syringes, once installed, are never removed to be sterilized. This means years and sometimes a decade of this device being used on patients and never getting sterilized. Does that sound sanitary to you? We need to repair this issue. We need to repair the current safety protocols that instituted for this device.
Air Water Syringe Tips
When a dentist, orthodontist, or hygienist use an air water syringe, that means they too must use an air water syringe tip. The majority of dentists use autoclavable air water syringe tips, meaning, they reuse the tips. The problem with this is that science has proven for years that there is no effective way to sterilize these air water tips. The small channels within the autoclavable tip make it near impossible for steam to penetrate all the way through. If you ask any dentist, orthodontist, or hygienist, they will tell you these tips get clogged and spray patterns dramatically change from first use. Why does this happen? Inside the channels, or micro-lumens, debris (blood, saliva, tissue) gets baked into the tip. When this happens, there is no way for the sterilization protocols to be effective. So why do dentists continue to use autoclavable tips?
Repair of safety protocols for these two dental products is a must. If we know something isn’t safe, they why haven’t we done anything to change it?