It has been reported that at some dental clinics, sterilization practices are not up to standard!
It’s vital to prevent infections that measures be taken to ensure dental instruments are thoroughly sterilized after each patient use.
For example, guidelines set by the Japanese Association for Dental Science stipulate that the handles of dental drills must be changed for every patient and sterilized using high-temperature steam as a measure to prevent infection. But in the survey conducted by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, only 34 percent of respondents said that used instruments were always replaced with newly sterilized tools for each patient.
Elderly and young dental patients have less resistance to infections, so these groups are even more vulnerable.
Cases of clinic-acquired infections with hepatitis B and other viruses have been reported in the United States.
It’s essential that dental professionals protect their patients from viral and bacterial pathogens, as they too could become infected and pass the infection on to further patients.
Dentists these days face stiff competition for patients, and some may not install necessary sterilization equipment to cut costs due to financial difficulties.
To improve the safety of dental treatment, the government and those involved in dental services must examine the tangible measures available, including reform of remuneration for dental services.