Our Standard Of Sterilization
At Parkside Dental Care, as a Newmarket Family Dentist, we pay strict attention to our sterilization procedures.Our sterilization station is visible to our patient, which gives transparency to our patients.
All of our clinical staff, including dentists, hygienists and dental assistants, follow strict sterilization protocols before and after each patient. It is our goal to always exceed the Canadian Dental Association and Royal College of Dental Surgeon of Ontario for safety and sterilization guidelines with hospital grade sterilization equipments.
Besides our hospital grade sterilization process, our clinicians and hygienists wear gloves, masks and eyewear as a protective barrier. Anything that goes into the patient’s mouth is either disposable or sterilized in our sterilization station.
(Picture to show our sterilization station)
Our Sterilization Components:
- Autoclave (pressurized steam): All dental instruments and handpieces (drills) are sterilized in a high-pressure steam autoclave after each use. This process is the standard of care. We also use external biological indicator to make sure every single sterilization cycle is effective.
- Surface Decontamination: All surfaces including countertops, dental chairs, stools, control buttons and protective eyewear are disinfected with chemical solutions before and after every patient. We only use medical-grade disinfectant that are specifically formulated to eliminate bacteria and viruses on all exposed surfaces.
- Disposable Items: Many items we use today are disposed after a single use. These items include saliva ejectors, suction tips, drinking cups, rubber cleaning cups, patient bibs, tray covers, sterilization bags, mixing pads, mixing tips and needle tips, among others. Gloves and masks are also discarded after each patient.
If you have any questions about any of our dental health and safety procedures, please do not hesitate to ask us at your next visit!