September 22, 2017
Without proper infection control techniques, many of the things in a dental clinic, including people, instruments -- even computer components -- can be carriers for cross contamination and contribute to the spreading of germs and disease. Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic micro-organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. These diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, between dental staff and between patients.
That is why the College of Dentistry takes infection control very seriously. We follow strict infection control procedures to minimize the spread of germs and disease and keep our patients safe.
September is Dental Infection Control Awareness Month!
And we're affirming our commitment to this in supporting Dental Infection Control Awareness Month in September.
Our infection control procedures and guidelines include:
Following proper hand hygiene through hand-washing and the use of hand sanitizer
Maintaining appropriate personal protective equipment (mask, gown, gloves and eyewear) and personal hygiene
Proper instrument sterilization and preparation
Ensuring the environment of our dental clinics are clean and neat
Preventing the storage of anything on the floor or under a sink
Preventing food and drinks in clinical areas
Video: Why We Take Infection Control Seriously
Washing our hands, and wearing gloves to keep you safe.
We maintain strict sterilization standards in the use of our instruments to keep you safe.
Dental instruments are properly sterilized and dental equipment are properly disinfected and maintained. We also cover our computer interface surfaces to protect against transfer of infection.
We use a clinical water treatment system to keep you safe.
Personal Protective Equipment
We use personal protective equipment (i.e. masks, gloves, gowns, and eye protection), as well as provide eye protection to patients for all dental procedures.
Did you know?
There are an estimated 300 different species of bacteria living inside our mouths, totaling a billion or more at any given time.
Read more: The True Story of Why You Get Cavities, According to a Billion Microbes
For more on infection control guidelines, tools and resources, see the Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings:
Basic Expectations for Safe Care, prepared by the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP).
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry
We provide comprehensive, personalized and preventive dental care and education - for the whole family - to protect and improve oral health.
Through regular examination, cleanings and preventative treatments, our goal is to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to resolve dental issues in the early stages. We provide a wide range of general dental treatments for the whole family.
More about our comprehensive general family dental care services in Chicago