Terrified of the dentist? You shouldn’t be. These days it doesn’t hurt – and when your mouth feels healthy, so do you.
Unless you’re worried about infection of course. That Nottingham dentist did nothing for anyone’s confidence.
Strictly come clean
But your own dentist has strict hygiene rules to follow – and you can bet he does. With around 20 billion oral microbes living in your mouth – more than the number of people living on earth – no way he’s taking chances.
If you think about it, a dentist’s surgery is like a hospital operating room, so some basic rules apply:
- All surfaces are disinfected between patients.
- Hands are washed and new gloves pulled on between patients.
- All instruments are heat-sterilised between patients.
UV in the OR
Plus, after the Nottingham case, you might notice your dentist has a new toy. A schnazzy new ultra violet light generator.
Because in a hospital you personally get prepped before any operation – cleaned, disinfected, sterilised – made safe.
But dental patients walk in straight off the street. And every single one of us wears an aura of at least 3 million viruses and bacteria all the time – every one of them looking for a way into our bodies to start their mischief.
OK, so you’re at the dentist.
Then what happens? Your dental operation starts bang, straight away.
But you’re still in your street clothes, with slush on your shoes, no opportunity to wash your hands – you touch the dentist’s chair, the armrest and maybe something else – what sort of things are you bringing in for the next patient to run the risk of?
Because you’ll notice that when the patient before you comes out, so do the dentist and the nurse –they don’t want to be exposed and things are about to happen in there.
Death ray for germs
They close the door. The dentist presses a remote control – not for catch-up TV, but for the ultra violet generator.
Inside the surgery the machine goes into action, blitzing every germ dead – in the air, on surfaces – destroying their DNA by irradiation. Pumping out high intensity ultra violet light in the shortwave C spectrum, pulsed in concentrated flashes to minimise human exposure.
5 minutes and it’s safe. The room is sterile. No germs for you to catch except those you brought with you. And you’ve survived the day so far, ain’t nothing going to happen now.
You go into the surgery with the dentist and nurse. No germs, no nothing, the whole room is 99.999% free of them – what they call Sterility Assurance Level 5 (ever so posh).
Still worried about the dentist?
If you’ve ever had raging toothache at 4.00 in the morning, you’ll know he’s on your side.
Originally posted 2014-12-17 14:30:00.