Oral Care – a regime, a lifestyle, a health indicator, you may term it in various ways. The bottom line is that Oral hygiene is of vital importance for a healthy life, period! A dental check usually includes invasive treatment procedures. Thus, it is imperative that all the safety parameters are followed and met by the dentist while the patient is being examined or treated. Health and safety should also be considered by patients going on medical tourism, for example when choosing to get dental implants overseas.
In the US, the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has outlined the risk determinants in a dental care set up and have stressed upon the importance of being vigilant (by the patient in acute, long-term or ambulatory diagnosis) of the effective patient safety practices observed by the dental consonant.
The importance of Safety Practices in Dental Procedures
- Besides maintaining health and safety measures and practices toward the patient, dental clinic operators must not forget their own employees who are in a close proximity to the various biological, physical, chemical substances (used for dental practices) and also at a risk of developing psychological as well as environmental health concerns. There are several laws prevailing in different countries to create a safe work environment to protect the workers from any health complication.
- The quandary over the proper application of safety procedures in a dental setting (surgical, non-surgical, or otherwise) is quite a common concern. The threat of an infection and other health hazards can easily make one jump off their seats in a dental clinic (albeit it is well maintained and the Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care settings are fully observed and have information displayed on the same within the premises).
- A medical environment which promotes its staff and the visitors to wear aprons, gloves, masks, as well as uniform is certainly one of the most preferred dental units by the patient. Since oral care is about personal hygiene, a dental care centre must follow all the hygienic measures and enhance patient and visitor experience by instilling faith and trust about their services.