Did You Know...
There is an instrument in the dental office that is used on every patient for every procedure but never sterilized!
THE AIR/WATER SYRINGE
Did You Know...
Around 90% of dentists and orthodontists use air/water syringe tips that have been proven to be impossible to sterilize.
Did You Know...
Dentists, orthodontists, and patients can get sick from a dental treatment.
Smile Club has set out to become a leading agency to help raise awareness to both the dental/health patient as well as dental professionals (dentists and orthodontists). We believe until both sides are aware of current events and news, there is no way to be fully informed as either a patient or a dental professional.
PATIENTS: Let’s admit it, going to the dentist or orthodontist can be scary for many people. There are sharp needles, noisy drills, and other strange instruments going in and out of your mouth. Many dentists and orthodontists recognize these fears so they’ve given their businesses names like Gentle Dental or Comfort Dentistry. Dental phobia is definitely a thing, but most of us scaredy-cat patients summon enough courage to struggle through dental procedures. Why? Because we know a dentist and orthodontist will stop our toothaches and fix our broken teeth. Ultimately we’ve come to realize that it’s almost never as bad as we imagined, and our anxiety is probably misplaced. Or is it? Is there real cause for concern?
PROFESSIONALS: There is always risk of exposure to pathogens for everybody involved in a dental procedure including the dentist, orthodontist, hygienist and patient. This is why dental professionals today wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and eyewear. The transmission of infectious material goes both ways. The dentist, orthodontist, and hygienist could get you sick. You could get the dentist, orthodontist, and hygienist sick. Barrier protection such as a disposable mask is designed to prevent this from happening. This most basic type of infection control measure has not always been the norm. It might surprise you to learn that wearing protective equipment is only one step to ensuring safe dental treatments.
1981 - Deadly Disease Discovered
CDC report identifies new disease with alarming mortality rate. No safety protocols were established to deal with the new HIV epidemic.
1987 - No Regulations
HIV-positive dentist in Florida continues to practice dentistry. There were no regulations on infected dental practitioners.
1991 - First Dentist-To-Patient Transmission Of HIV
CDC report announces first dentist-to-patient transmission of HIV in a clinical setting.
1992 - Protective Equipment Becomes Mandatory
Personal protective equipment (gloves, masks), and barrier equipment becomes mandatory for all dental professionals.
It took 11 years after to make barrier equipment mandatory after the first AIDS case was reported.
Something To Think About
Through extensive research we could not find a concrete date for when it became illegal to reuse hypodermic needles.
Learning the truth about infection control is both important for dental professionals and patients.
By ensuring both sides of the dental world are informed, we can help to make dentistry more safe.
WHERE DO WE BEGIN?
We are going to talk about things to look for in your dental office to ensure safety measures are being taken.
We will talk about certain dental and orthodontic equipment that has fell through the cracks of infection control protocols.
Current News Events
We will share some recent alarming news stories that should be recognized so that the current trend of scary dentistry does not continue.