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Dentists are the only registered health care provider in Australia whose AHPRA registration is dependent on satisfying complex and holistic requirements for infection control and prevention.
What is Infection Control?
This is the term used to describe the practical system we have in place to make sure there isn't any transfer of disease
causing bugs from one person to another. Our quality systems are largely behind the scenes.
Infection control procedures include: -
As technologies and information has changed dentists have remained in the forefront of developments in this area. Infection Control involves more than cleanliness. In dentistry today Infection Control involves
All these things are designed to stop bacteria and viruses from passing from one patient to another.
How do we sterilise?
The most common steriliser used in dentistry is called an autoclave. Autoclaves place instruments under so much hot steam and pressure that all bacteria and viruses are killed.
Before placing instruments in a steriliser they are cleaned and rinsed to heighten the effectiveness of the autoclave.
Gas and dry heat can also be used to sterilise dental equipment.
Revised: 14 March 2020
Mark has represented his profession in the highly regarded position of ADA VB President and is a consultant in his field, yet he is consistent, approachable and has the highest regard for his patients wellbeing.
Dr Mark Bowman BDSc (Melb)