There have been numerous press articles about the potential for disease transmission through dental offices. Some of these claims have been exaggerated for the purpose of selling news broadcasts and newspapers. At the same time, it can not be understated that there is potential for serious problems arising from improper and/or inadequate sterilization procedures in a dental or medical office.
Some the the things that we do in our office and feel should be standard for others are:
Biofilm (growing bacteria) in the small plastic water lines in dental offices is true hazard. This system consists of a plastic bottle that we fill with purified water and this in turn comes out of the water syringes and handpieces. Once each week a strong disinfectant is run through the lines to clean them absolutely free of contaminants.