We all know that bacteria, viruses, and fungi are all living and multiplying in the mouth. That's why we spray, we wrap, and we wipe down all surfaces in our operatories, to reduce the risk of cross contamination. But the moment we place the cavitron or handpiece in the mouth we know that we are creating dental aerosols that begin floating around the room. Visible debris on the tray or chair is one thing, but it is what you don't see that can impact you and your patient's health. The meticulous effort that we put into cleaning everything in sight, is easily compromised with germs floating in the air. As dental professionals we obviously take precautions to reduce the spread of germs by wearing long sleeves, masks, and gloves, but what to do we do when the microbes lingering in the air settle on our clothes and skin? Doesn't it make sense to try to disinfect the mouth before we get started with any procedure?
When you sit down at the doctor's office to get your flu shot, they always swab the skin with alcohol to disinfect the surface of the skin. They know that there is a possibility of introducing dangerous microbes into the blood stream. We know we can do this in the mouth as well!
Pre-rinsing every patient before you get started will ultimately raise your standard of care , protect your patients, and protect you. Bacteria and fungi will cause issues, but viruses can really make you sick. The flu virus is the perfect example, it is spread via droplets from the mouth that are breathed in either via the nose or the mouth, being only 12-18 inches from their face mouth for at least 30 plus minutes, makes us the perfect new host for this virus to flourish! The reason many offices are choosing OraCare as their pre-rinse of choice is because of it's unique abilities to kill viruses , as well as bacteria, fungi, destroy biofilm, and neutralize VSC's. Does your office pre-rinse?