The importance of infectious control procedures at your dentist’s office

submitted by Dr. Michael Spadafora, D.D.S.

While infection control has always been a focus of the American Dental Association and the dental schools, it wasn’t until the early 1980’s that the general public really became aware of the issue.

The 1980’s brought AIDS to the public awareness. And with AIDS came a new term – “universal precautions.”  Universal precautions meant that every patient is treated as if he/she was a carrier of an infectious disease. This was done for the protection of all patients and the health care providers.

Although AIDS brought infection control to the forefront, today it is the hepatitis virus that is very concerning for patients and providers. This is because the hepatitis virus is more virulent and lives longer on surfaces.

So what do universal precautions and infection control mean for us today? In the dental world, it means that the dentists and clinical staff should be wearing fresh gloves to treat each patient. They should also be masked. All instruments that come in contact with the patient should be disposable or sterilized, using heat and/or chemicals. When the patient leaves the treatment room, the room should be thoroughly cleaned, using special chemical agents.

Opening the sterilization bags with the clean instruments in front of the patient in a dentist’s office is a subtle way of showing patients that infection control is a first priority.

As a patient, you have a right to ask about infection control procedures in the office. The dentist or staff should be more than willing to show you the sterilization area and explain what steps they take to protect your health.

If you wonder at all about your dental office’s infection control protocol, be proactive and ask questions. There is one rule of thumb, however, that is a good indicator. A meticulously clean dental office shows the attention to detail that will put your mind at ease. When it comes to infection control, every detail matters!


Michael Spadafora, DDS Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry: Providing the highest level of dental care


by June Portnoy

You could very well be walking around with a dental problem and not even know it. That’s because 90% to 95% of dental disorders are asymptomatic. For this reason, you want to select a dentist like Dr. Michael Spadafora, who specializes in all areas of dentistry, from routine dental procedures to cosmetic dentistry to comprehensive restorative and periodontal dentistry.

Since 1984, Dr. Spadafora has been bringing dentistry to the highest possible level at his general solo practice. This family practice welcomes all patients, from children to seniors, in a friendly, caring atmosphere.

What truly makes Dr. Spadafora unique is the education background he brings to his practice. In addition to having served in a yearlong post-graduate hospital residency, he is one of approximately two percent of dentists nationwide to have graduated from the L.D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Key Biscayne, Florida, one of the most highly regarded providers of advanced dental education in the world.

According to Dr. Spadafora, a common dental problem is malocclusion (incorrect or bad bite), which often goes undiagnosed. Unfortunately, little time is spent teaching about occlusion in dental school. The Pankey Institute focuses on this topic.

“Without a stable and healthy bite, whatever dental work is done in the mouth may fail prematurely,” explains Dr. Spadafora.

As a result of his continuing studies, Dr. Spadafora has the expertise to treat patients with serious dental issues that involve a comprehensive approach to restoring the mouth to optimal function and aesthetics.

Those with minimal bite issue can explore Invisalign®, a technique now offered at Dr. Spadafora’s office.

“My goal is to help all of my patients, whether they simply need cleanings or filling or they have serious dental issues, like missing teeth, gum disease or other problems.”

Dr. Spadafora provides a full array of cosmetic dentistry, such as contouring (reshaping), whitening, porcelain veneers and cosmetic gum surgery. He strives to provide a very high level of treatment with a meticulous attention to detail. As a result, the top specialists in the area often refer their patients and family members to him.

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