The dental clinic is a classic setting where infectious agents are potentially contracted and transmitted. Because of the high risk for transmission, several measures are undertaken to break the chain of infection such as adequate patient assessment, sensible individual protection, appropriate instrument sterilization and surface disinfection and proper waste disposal. These approaches can be methodically practiced if one understands the biologic nature of infectious agents sought for elimination.
Functional anatomy of infectious agents and their relative resistance to commonly employed microbial control methods should be known. It is also necessary to understand the rationale behind the use of certain physical and chemical control agents from the viewpoint of microbiology.
Dr. Blesilda K Formantes, DMD, MPH
Assistant Professor, University of the East College of Dentistry