Prevention of Cross Contamination in Your Mouth

Posted: March 3, 2011 in Dentist
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Periodontal disease affects approximately 80% of adults and is a growing epidemic in our society.  The old standard “cleaning” appointment is now obsolete in the modern dental office.  Welcome to the new world of patient care.  Welcome to Laser Bacterial Reduction or LBR which is the standard of care provided at Aristo Dental in Wheeling, IL.

Remember the days when your hygienist would take a sterilized bag of instruments, open them up in front of you and begin the process of “cleaning” your teeth?  Remember the gauze pad she/he would use to wipe the instruments?  Research has shown that wiping an instrument does not remove all the bacteria from instruments, that is why sterilization is used on all instruments after their use.

In today’s modern dental office, LBR is the standard of care presented to prevent bacteria from being transferred from one area of the mouth to another.  Our hygienists take the laser and decontaminate around each tooth which takes a total of 5-10 minutes.  This minimizes the chance that we may inadvertently pick up bacterial infections in one area of the mouth and move it to another.  This is the standard of care we recommend to ALL our patients.

LBR not only helps to prevent cross contamination, but it also helps reduce or eliminate bacteria that can attach a weak organ like the heart or artificial limbs.

Our goal at Aristo Dental is to constantly learn and strive to advance the standard of patient care in our office.  We are excited to offer this new procedure to our family of patients during their professional hygiene cleaning to help fight periodontal (gum) disease, but also to prevent cross contamination of bacteria in the mouth.

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