With the onslaught of the pandemic, people have become very scared of infections. Besides coronavirus, many other deadly viruses cause fatal infections like AIDs, Malaria, Cholera, etc. As we all know, “prevention is better than cure.” That is the focal point of today’s blog. We have shared some of the best practices for infection control among the masses. Keep reading to know!
Best Practices for Infection Control
One of the most vital things that one must do throughout the day to prevent infection is washing hands. You should wash your hands before eating, preparing food, applying makeup, treating wounds, while wearing contact lenses, when touching a baby or someone who is ill, and so on. Likewise, you should also wash your hands after sneezing or coughing, using the washroom, changing diapers, caring for pets, and whenever you feel your hands need washing. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds. Cover all the areas, including under nails, knuckles, fingers, etc.
Covering Mouth While Cough or Sneeze
The next vital step is to cover your mouth whenever you cough or sneeze. This will ensure that the people around you are not getting affected by the germs carried by the droplets. Remember, you should never use your hands to cover the mouth. Either use a napkin, or you can simply fold your elbow and bring it closer to your mouth to cover with your sleeves. If you use your hands by mistake, please wash them or sanitize them before you touch anything else.
Social Distancing and Getting Medical Care
If you are down with some virus, try to stay at home as much as possible. This will not only speed up your healing process but also prevent the spreading of germs. Visit a doctor and take proper medications, especially antibiotics, if prescribed. Make sure you finish the entire course of antibiotics. If there are any vaccines for the illness, take that well.
What About Infection Control Measures Taken by the Dentists?
We can confidently assure you that we use the best measures to prevent infections of all kinds in our office. We wash our hands at regular intervals. Throw away all the disposable tools, needles, gloves, PPE after each patient leaves. All other instruments used on the patient are sterilized before and after each use. The dentists also follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association. ‘Biofilms’ are layers of microscopic germs created on top of metal surfaces. Dentists also take necessary preventive measures against biofilms as well.
Dental infections can be of high risk if not taken care of. Dr. Jeanne V. Devi, DDS, and her team of dental assistants offer comprehensive dental care solutions including expert treatment for dental infections. Call us at (626) 795-2544 or visit our website for more details. We are located at 595 E Colorado Blvd Suite 603, Pasadena, CA 91101.