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    5 dos and don'ts of sterilization in the dental practice

    Instrument sterilization isn’t necessarily difficult, but it does require attention to detail. Here’s what you need to know.

    The concept of “clean” means something different in healthcare settings than it does to the general populace. For dental practices, being clean means, “Reducing the numbers of microorganisms to minimize the risk of transmission from the environment or healthcare personnel” and is as simple as washing one’s hands. The next level is “sterile,” which means removing ALL microorganisms.

    Instrument sterilizationNaturally, instruments in the dental practice should be sterilized to prevent the spread of infection. To ensure that instruments are properly sterilized, there are some good dos and don’ts that every practice should be cognizant of.

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    Click through the slides to find out the five dos and don'ts of sterilization.

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    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author ...

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