Infection control and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. You should feel free to discuss this topic with Dr. Freeman and receive a straightforward answer.
Dr. Freeman and our entire team follow procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA and WISHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Washington State Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:
- Disinfectant hand soap
- Gloves and face masks
- Chemical disinfection of all surfaces
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use
- Disposable materials
We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental hand pieces. We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure.
Smile Artistry, Melissa Freeman, DDS PLLC, is an environmentally friendly business. We have received the highest rating,five stars, as a Whatcom County Envirostar business.
The best defense against disease is information. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel.