Improvements in cross-infection control in general dental practice

Br Dent J. 1995 Jul 8;179(1):19-21. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4808808.


A questionnaire about cross-infection control was sent to all GDPs in five FHSAs in the North Western Region. Replies came from 312 dentists, a response rate of 74%. They worked in 185 practices, a response rate of 85%. Gloves were worn routinely by 86% of dentists and 80% of DSAs. Handpieces were autoclaved between patients in 77% of practices. Much however, remains to be improved. DSAs could be better protected if more ultrasonic cleaners were used, eye protection encouraged and heavy duty gloves were available for cleaning instruments. BDA guidelines were reported as being the most influential factor, though it would appear that the media did persuade many practitioners to use autoclavable handpieces and sterilise them after each use.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Dental Equipment
  • England
  • Equipment Contamination / prevention & control*
  • Eye Protective Devices / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • General Practice, Dental / trends*
  • Gloves, Surgical / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / statistics & numerical data*
  • Infection Control / trends
  • Male
  • Sterilization / instrumentation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Ultrasonics