Category - Hygiene

The disinfection hierarchy: virucidal activity and its different efficacy levels

7 September 2023

The main purpose of infection control can be briefly summarised as blocking the transmission of microorganisms or pathogens.  This block must be applied in two directions. The first is the prevention of vertical transmission and the second is the prevention of horizontal or lateral transmission.  Prevention of vertical and lateral transmission Vertical transmission is the propagation […]

How to prevent the spread of infection in dental practices

6 September 2023

In the field of dentistry infectious agents can be transmitted by inhalation, injection, ingestion, and contact with the mucous membranes, with the conjunctiva or with the skin. [1]. In a dental practice, one of the main routes of transmission is direct exposure to blood or body fluids. Gingival bleeding mixes with saliva, which must therefore be […]

The risks associated with jobs in the dental sector and the importance of proper prevention

2 August 2023

A well-known chart in a New York Times[1] article published during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic provided a graphical presentation of the risk levels of various professions in the United States. The risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2 Each profession was represented by a bubble whose position indicated the risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2.  Two positions evaluated the frequency with which workers […]

Risk assessment, biological contamination and the PDCA cycle

29 May 2023

Biological risk in the workplace, with a few exceptions that might include healthcare settings or diagnostic and research laboratories, is undeniably attributed less importance than other occupational risks, and it can be little known or overlooked, especially for outdoor work activities. Yet no workplace can be considered exempt from this risk, since biological agents are […]

The role of disinfection in digital dentistry

12 January 2023

Today, professionals operating in the dental sector work with a variety of digital technologies able to streamline healthcare procedures by making them more fluid and manageable (inbuccal X-rays, intraoral scanners, electronic clinical records, etc…).   Just like conventional instruments, technological tools must also be managed in accordance with the procedures set out in guidelines on the […]

Web Marketing in the dental sector: how to communicate effectively with today’s patients

12 January 2023

Nowadays, marketing is an extremely important aspect of all professions, including dentistry.   According to a somewhat primordial definition, marketing consists in the identification and profitable satisfaction of human and social needs [1], thereby identifying a purpose to this activity.   According to the American Marketing Association, marketing is “the activity, set of institutions, or processes for […]

Hand hygiene: clarifying the difference between sanitizer and disinfectant

20 December 2022

The EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) defines the antimicrobial actions of “sanitizers” and “disinfectants” as follows: Sanitizing merely removes dirt and reduces germ count through mechanical action[1],[2]. This practice  is not intended to kill viruses. Disinfection on the other hand prevents or arrests the development or action of micro-organisms by inhibiting their proliferation or […]