I thinks it’s interesting to see how my friends and family clean their kitchens and bathrooms. Everyone has a different opinion of what’s considered clean. I have an aunt who’s a former nurse. Every surface in her house is sanitized. I have no doubt about it. I’m not just talking about wiping off crumbs and spills here, I mean literally sanitized. Then there’s my friend Jane who doesn’t have a clear surface in her house, so there’s no way there’s any cleaning going on underneath all that stuff. And then there’s me. I’m afraid I live somewhere on the sliding scale of cleanliness. Sometimes anal retentive about it and some times quite lackadaisical.
There’s no room for a sliding scale in the dental practice setting. Infection control and prevention are essential to good dental care. This white paper from Palmero Health does a nice job of explaining the science behind infectious disease transmission and prevention, as well as the current guidelines.
In particular, the white paper makes mention of knowing what you’re buying when it comes to surface disinfectants. It points out how the label should tell you exactly what microorganisms it kills as well as contact times so you know how long the disinfectant should stay on the surface to do its job.