ADA & CDC Guidelines
The ADA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated and supplemented their infection control recommendations to reflect new scientific knowledge and growing understanding of the principles of infection control.
According the the ADA, all practicing dentists, dental auxiliaries and dental laboratories are to employ appropriate infection control procedures as described in the 2003 CDC Guidelines, and 2016 CDC Summary and to keep up to date as scientific information leads to improvements in infection control, risk assessment, and disease management in oral health care.
At The Teeth People, we strive to serve our patients with the greatest care and treatment. Which is why we practice proper sterilization of our instruments and materials, and practice the recommendations set by the CDC which are:
Clean and heat sterilize handpieces and other intraoral instruments that can be removed from the air lines and waterlines of dental units.
For handpieces that do not attach to air lines and waterlines, use FDA-cleared devices and follow the validated manufacturer’s instructions for reprocessing these devices.
If a dental handpiece cannot be heat sterilized and does not have FDA clearance with validated instructions for reprocessing, do not use that device.
source: American Dental Association