Each time you visit our Lowell, MA dental office you can be assured that every precaution is taken to ensure infection control. While you are here you can learn more about how we clean and sanitize equipment in our sterilization center.
Infection controls and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control — you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. You should feel free to discuss this topic with Drs. Ramos and Ratté and receive a straightforward answer.
Drs. Ramos and Ratté and our entire team follow procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:
- Disinfectant hand soap
- Gloves and face masks
- Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use
- Disposable materials
We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental handpieces. We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure. The sterilization facility is state-of-the-art, and specifically designed to minimize the possibility of contamination.
The best defense against disease is information. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel.
Our Dental Office Adheres to the Highest Infection Control Standards
In our dental office, we take pride in adhering to the highest standards for infection control.
This is our state-of-the-art sterilization area or as we call it, the “Steri Center.” Patients can view the Steri Center through a glass wall. Instruments are put in an ultrasonic cleaner, washed, dried, wrapped and then sterilized. Everything is foot or knee operated. With just a wave of the hand, soap is dispensed and dryers can be turned on. It’s this level of detail that offers you peace of mind with every dental visit to Lowell Tooth Docs.