We follow current legislation and guidelines for cross infection control, and the practice is regularly inspected by external auditors to ensure that we comply with all current health and safety laws, and follow regulations and recommendations for good clinical practice, to ensure that we provide a high quality of care, and a sustainable standard in all aspects of dental care.
We will provide you with protective glasses and a disposable protective covering. We use disposable items where possible, and we sterilise all our re-usable equipment after each use, using an autoclave (steam and heat at 135 degrees C). We use a range of quick acting and effective disinfectants, we use sterilox system – an innovative new process which generates free chlorine, Ozone and Hypochlorous Acid to produce the most effective and the only biodegradable disinfectant available, to prevent the build up of biofilm in our equipment. We go to exceptional lengths to ensure there will be no transmission of infection at our practice.
Surgery surfaces are disinfected between patients and all our staff are trained in effective cross infection control measures. We will wear face masks, anti-splatter shields and a new pair of disposable gloves for each patient. We are immunised to prevent the spread of hepatitis B, pertussis, polio, diphtherial, tuberculosis, tetanus and rubella.
Every 12 months all our team members complete a rigorous First Aid and Resuscitation training programme, and we are familiar with the use of a wide selection of emergency drugs.
Many patients are concerned about their exposure to x-rays at the dentist, and we too share this concern which is why we limit the number of x-rays we take to a minimum and only to obtain essential information.
We use the latest x-ray equipment which is checked monthly and certified every 15 months to ensure that it complies with current legislation. This means that the lowest possible x-ray dose is used every time we take a film.
- We use narrow beam (only 6 cm wide) so only the area we are interested in is exposed.
- The x-ray beam is filtered so that all the ‘soft’ harmful radiation is removed, since we only need the ‘hard’ relatively harmless radiation for x-rays of teeth.
- The x-ray “dose” from one small film is about the same as you get from 6 hours background radiation (the natural radiation you experience all day, every day, wherever you are).
Why we need to take x-rays
We may sometimes want to take one or more x-rays of your mouth. This is to give us important extra information, for example to spot decay underneath old crowns or fillings or to assist with completing a successful root filling.
How often do we take x-rays?
How often we will want to take x-rays will depend on a variety of factors. Usually we would need them at your first visit to the practice or if you have not been for a long time. After that we assess whether you have a low, medium or high risk of dental decay and take some x-rays to monitor progress about every 6 months to 3 years. We will always need x-rays to enable us to carry out root fillings or the removal of wisdom teeth, and we also need a recent x-ray before preparing a tooth for a crown or bridge.