Today let us talk about the things that you should see or observe when visiting a dentist.
The worst part is that as patients or consumers, we have little knowledge of how well-kept is the dental clinic. Honestly the relationship between and dentist and a patient depends upon trust. The biggest threat at such a place is that of cross contamination. Let’s take an example. Just imagine you have guests at your place for dinner. Will you serve them food in the same plate which was used for lunch and haven’t been washed? In the same way when you visit your dental clinic feel free to ask your dentist whether he/she changes the gloves after every dental treatment. Observe the way your dentist is wearing the gloves and also observe the things that he/she touches. As a dentist they should only touch sterile equipment and your teeth with the help of gloves.
Dental Sterilization Standards have to be maintained. So here you need to make sure that you check out the office and feel how it smells. If it’s a shabby looking office smelling foul then it’s time for you step in a different dental clinic. The clinic should be uncluttered and clean. Feel free to ask your dentists whether the operation theater is cleaned after every treatment. You can even see the place whether they disinfect the instruments. It is mandatory in every dental clinic to maintain the dental sterilization standards. You can even ask them that how they sterilize the equipment.
Every dental clinic receives a package from third-party which is full of bacteria. These bacteria are difficult to kill. They have to put these bacteria inside the sterilization machine which is also called as autoclave. Once that is done they need to send the package back to the company from where they have received it. The company will analyze the package and send the report to the dentist. The whole report points towards just one fact whether the sterilization machine is working fine or not. So you can ask your dentist about the autoclave certificate. If they are particular about such steps then the certificate would be visible in their dental clinic.
Every instrument that your dental professional will be using should be used for the first time. That’s one of the basics which should be followed in every dental clinic. You have the right to question if you see your dentist doing anything other than this. Moreover once they have removed the instruments from the sealed packet it should be kept on a sterilized tray.
Last but not the least make sure you ask questions to your dentist about everything related to your dental treatment. While sitting at the dental clinic you might get terrified with the instruments but what’s more terrifying is that you won’t ask any questions. So feel free to do that.