Dental Patient Safety

Safety First

John Highsmith, DDS in Clyde, NC

Infection control and your safety are top priorities here at our practice. All surfaces are wiped down with an EPA-approved disinfectant, and all dental instruments are sterilized in an autoclave that is routinely tested by the UNC School of Dentistry. Many items are covered with disposable plastic wraps. These things are pretty much industry standard.

What do we do that’s different to reach a higher standard?

A common problem in dental units is biofilm in waterlines. Most dentists do not test their waterlines. We use ozonated water, an FDA-approved method, and the best available, in our opinion, to make sure the water we put in your mouth is not only clean but acts as an antiviral, antibacterial agent. Ozonated water has a very strong ability to kill pathogens. We test our waterlines regularly, and they have been squeaky clean every time. Dr. Highsmith has given lectures at several dental meetings about the benefits of using ozone water in dental unit waterlines.

We have installed several ionizers in our HVAC system so that the air is as clean as we can make it. From the manufacturer, HypoAir.com, “A recent study found our technology killed 99.998% of MERS virus on a surface in just 4 hours. This means if a virus makes it on a surface, like a door handle, and THEN you turn on our units, our technology is able to sanitize that surface.”

There is a large air purifier in the reception room for added cleanliness, and at the end of the day, we turn on a full-office ozone generator to further disinfect our air and surfaces. There is an additional air purifier in every treatment room.

During the time of the coronavirus, we are taking temperatures on every patient who comes in the door to ensure safety.

Also during this difficult time, we are asking that companions of patients wait in their car instead of coming into the office to maximize social distancing.

Together we’ll make sure every patient is safe and healthy at every visit.