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Cross contamination through dental chair

One of the most important aspects of the dental office is treatment unit (dental chair) because good dental chair plays important role in prevention of cross contamination during treatment. There are several things that has to be taken into consideration.  Some of these considerations are, it should be free of bacteria and germs prior to each treatment. Water coming through treatment unit into the patient’s mouth should be clean. Suction unit should be such that it should prevent cross contamination. To prevent tissue damage, the equipments used in the treatment units should produce less heat. Last but not the least; it should be comfortable to patient and dentist.

So the patient should be aware of all these things and inquire before getting treated.

Chair should have a turbine unit that provides protection mechanism against back suction phenomenon which prevents the back suction. Also it maintains quality of water(RO) coming through the treatment unit.

Following are some of the diseases which can spread through cross contamination during dental treatment. Saliva is considered to be one of the most common mediums that diseases choose as their mode of spread.

Cold sores are caused by Herpes Simplex Virus-1 (HSV-1).

HIV and hepatitis B Virus (HBV) are blood-borne infections that have been found in the saliva. Hepatitis B virus through saliva has been well documented, as well as hepatitis A and C.

Epstein-Barr virus, or EBV, is a common herpes virus that causes many diseases. Once infected, the Epstein-Barr virus stays in the body for life.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) spreads via oral transmission from virus-containing saliva. The virus remains in the body usually in a dormant state.

Influenza is a highly contagious viral respiratory disease. It easily passes from an infected person through any contact with saliva.

Viral meningitis is highly contagious which causes inflammation of the linings that cover the spinal cord and the brain.

All dental chairs at TCC are equipped with latest technology and fulfill all above criteria.

TEETH Care Centre Dental Hospital, Ahmedabad