It could be said that dental instruments form a large part of the foundation of a dental practice, and instruments must be taken care of if you want them to function as they were intended for as long as possible. A dental practice with faulty equipment is no dental practice at all!
1. PROTECT YOURSELF
When you begin to clean your equipment, you should take into account your own safety. Your dental instruments have been used in ways that undoubtedly infect them with harmful bacteria. This means that you should wear personal protective equipment whenever handling these instruments. While you are cleaning them, it is possible for bacteria to get into places where you might not expect it. You should wear safety eyewear, face masks, smocks, and gloves especially.
2. PRE-SOAK YOUR INSTRUMENTS
In a busy dental practice, it might not be possible to clean your instrument directly after use. This means that biological debris such as blood or other contaminants can dry onto the instruments and hardened. This can make them more difficult to clean. However, soaking your instruments beforehand in water can help to soften this debris and make the cleaning process easier.
3. CLEAN BEFORE YOU STEAM
If obvious particles of debris remain on your instrument prior to entering the autoclave, the steam may not be able to contact the surface of the instrument. For this reason, guidelines require you to clean off any visible debris from the instruments prior to sterilization.
4. DRY YOUR INSTRUMENTS
After sterilization, your instruments may be wet. Wetness can draw bacteria from human skin and other places. It is important to prevent this contamination by thoroughly drying your instruments after sterilization.
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