Is Your Prospective Dental Clinic Clean and Safe?
Whether you’re looking to have dental implants in Richmond or elsewhere in the UK, you probably haven’t stopped to consider the cleanliness and safety of your prospective dental clinic because you’ve spoken to them on the telephone or looked at their website, or quite simply chosen the cheapest. So how can you be sure that the clinic is safe and the dental instruments are clean?
The first thing to know is that there is a standard of care that everyone has a right to expect from their dental surgery. There are numerous things to look for in the surgery that will show that sterilisation, cleanliness and indeed the health of patients, is top of the agenda in your dental surgery. Here’s a few things to look out for when you next visit the surgery which should put your mind at ease:
Things to look for in the dental surgery:
Cleanliness –Does the surgery look cluttered? Counters that are full of leaflets and packages are harder to clean. Are the toilets clean? Again a gleaming toilet is the sign of how important cleanliness is to the dentist and their staff. Is there plenty of hand sanitiser and soap, and are the staff using it? Are the staff dressed appropriately with white jackets and their hair tied up out of the way?
Examination gloves should always be taken straight from the box and not from a counter top. Your dentist or dental hygienist should wash their hands or use hand sanitiser before putting on the gloves and once on should touch nothing else except their dental instruments or your mouth. If they do touch something else then they should replace their gloves with a new pair.
Sterilisation and disinfection -
Where do they discard needles and other throwaway items? They should have a separate container just for used needles. How are the instruments sterilised and where? Is there a separate sterilisation room for this purpose and do they keep records for their sterilisation units?
Instruments –Check out the instruments that are on the tray in front of you because they are going to be used on you. They should be in a sterilisation bag that they open in front of you. Most of these bags have some indication of when they were sterilised.
Asking questions –
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Any good dentist and their staff are more than happy to answer any questions and usually proud of all the precautions and practices that are put in place to protect their patients’ health.
If you’re seriously considering dental implants in Richmond, then don’t just choose the cheapest. Ask if you can go along and meet the dental team and take a look at their facilities before making any decisions.
Cleanliness to prevent infection is critical when it comes to a dental implant. In Richmond, Sheen Dental offers complimentary dental implants consultation where you’ll get to meet the team and to take a close look at the dental implant facilities that we offer. It also gives us a chance to discuss the various dental implant treatments that we carry out and for you to ask as many questions as you want, so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not to go ahead with dental implant treatment. Give us a call on 020 8876 5277 to book a consultation or alternatively visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk.