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Author Topic: Correct Sterilization of Dental Equipment?  (Read 6613 times)

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Offline KimInTheForest

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Correct Sterilization of Dental Equipment?
« on: March 26, 2015, 06:58:20 pm »
I recently went to my dentist's office for a cleaning, and I asked the hygienist what method was used for sterilizing her tools after each session. (I could taste blood in my mouth, and as far as I know, that is not uncommon during a cleaning. I don't want to infect anyone or become infected with a 2nd genotype, or become infected anew once I am cured.)

She said the tools are first placed in a high-pressure water bath that knocks any loose stuff off, and they are then placed in a high-heat device for some period of time.

I seem to recall some recent discussion on these forums about heat sterilization NOT being sufficient to kill HCV - that bleach or some equivalent is what is needed.

Thoughts?

Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo, BC)
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Offline Lynn K

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Re: Correct Sterilization of Dental Equipment?
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2015, 08:59:30 pm »
Isn't that an autoclave procedure not my area but I thought autoclave is medical industry standard including surgical equipment.

Running hot water or even boiling is still lower temp than autoclave. Did you ask if they add bleach or other germicidal soap to the wash water?

I think maybe we laypeople talk about bleach because it is a good chemical we have readily   available to us

Added found an autoclave link

http://www.sterilizers.com/autoclave-time-temperature-pressure-chart.html
« Last Edit: March 26, 2015, 09:01:19 pm by Lynn K »
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1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
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4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
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Offline KimInTheForest

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Re: Correct Sterilization of Dental Equipment?
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2015, 12:19:10 am »
Good to know, Lynn. I'll stop worrying. I think you are right about autoclave.

thanks,
Kim :)
Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo, BC)
1970s: Contracted HCV (genotype 3a)
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Re: Correct Sterilization of Dental Equipment?
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2015, 12:07:02 am »
Cleaning of dental tools and there after sterilization is one of the most important things to be remember by any professional dentist. What happens that many times even after cleaning and sterilization of tools after each session doesn't bring good results.If you visit online at online-dental.net you will find much effective cleaning and sterilization products giving good results.

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Correct Sterilization of Dental Equipment?
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2015, 12:18:35 am »
Hi elisagrace and welcome to the hepatitis c forums.

We don't really need to know about products available we are hep c patients and not dentists. We just hope our dentists are using the best methods for the care on us their patients.

I believe that at least in the US dental sterilization practices a controlled fairly stringently by state and federal government as far as best practices.

Do you or a loved one have hep c and have any questions about hep c we can help answer for you?
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!
I AM FREE!

Offline elisagrace

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Re: Correct Sterilization of Dental Equipment?
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2015, 05:33:44 am »
Hi Lynn K, I was replying to the query of KimInTheForest, who has talked about sterilization of dental tools after their each use. One of my close friend was suffering from hepatitis C. Co-incidentally he also suffered severe tooth ache. Dentist to whom he visited told him that root canal is required. On the very first visit he got severe infection, because his tools were not properly sterilized. One one side he is suffering from hepatitis B and on the other hand with tooth infection. Only on this issue I referred towards that subject. 

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Correct Sterilization of Dental Equipment?
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2015, 01:46:22 pm »
Sorry to hear of your friends issues. Did you say he has both hepatitis b and hepatitis c? I think the primary concern was getting hep c in a medical setting.

There isn't a lot we can do on the patient level as far as dental or any other medical procedure re sterilization except to trust our dentists and doctors are using best medical practices and of course try to go to providers with good reputations.

We don't really have control what goes on in the back of the facility to sterilize their equipment except when in doubt to either ask or if concerned change providers.

Good luck to your friend
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!
I AM FREE!

 


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