Infection Control at Greenspandental
We have one autoclave running at all times for your safety. Our dental sterilization protocol is rigorous and completely sterilizes all bacteria.
Cleanliness and infection control of our office for all dental equipment is one of the most important aspects of what we do to protect you.
What is Autoclave Sterilization and infection control ?
Autoclave usage is the heart of our infection control system. An autoclave is a machine that uses high temperature and steam pressure (up to 270 F) to kill bacteria effectively. The autoclave heats items above the boiling point for a time until the equipment is clean and free of germs.
Autoclaves are designed for safety, and due to the heavy pressure built up inside the machine , it has an auto-lock mechanism when it is turned on and unlocks when sterilization is finished. Dr. Greenspan is exceptionally diligent in proper dental office procedures to ensure your safety. Just come into our office and ask us to show you how careful we are in this matter of infection control
Every item we use is either disposable or goes through an infection protocol. We wear disposable cloaks and go through hundreds of pairs of gloves a day in the course of treating our patients
We are always donning fresh gloves , masks and wearing safety glasses.
As you can see Dr.Anderkvist and his staff go to great lengths to be certain your visit to our office is not only enjoyable, but also SAFE!
Clean and Dirty
The CDC (centers for disease control) suggests having an area for dirty and clean (not yet sterilized equipment. We adhere to this and go to extreme lengths to guarantee your safety in our office.
Where items can not go through an autoclave without being destroyed we employ liquid sterilization.
Advantages of circumcision and circumcision complications
Circumcision is literally as old as the Bible and there has been controversy around it for almost as long. Circumcision benefits and circumcision complications have been debated however, in recent years some clear advantages have been discovered to exist scientifically. First lets understand what circumcision is.
The head of the penis of a newborn baby boy is covered by the foreskin. It is essentially, the extension of the skin on the outside shaft of the penis. This skin is regular epidermis, or normal external body skin, like on your finger. There is a hole at the end of the foreskin that allows the baby to urinate. The inside of the skin, is a type of tissue like in the mouth. It is shiny and damp. There is no consensus why the foreskin exists. While anti circumcision proponents might say to prevent circumcision complications it is there to protect the head of the penis, opponents would say it causes problems and is more like the appendix, which has no apparent function and causes only problems. When the man wants to have sex, the foreskin pulls back exposing the head of the penis allowing for intercourse. That explains the technical side of the anatomy. When a circumcision is done, the skin that covers the head of the penis is removed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says the advantages of neonatal circumcision are greater than the risks and potential circumcision complications. However, the AAP does not recommend routine circumcision for every baby. The AAP suggests that the circumcision decision be left up to parents — and suggests use of local anesthetics for babies who have the procedure.
- Hygiene Circumcision makes it easier to wash the penis. The foreskin tombs the head of the penis in a dark and damp environment. It is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. The most common reason that adults need a circumcision is for inflammatory and infective problems due to the foreskin.
- Urinary tract infections. The risk of urinary tract infections in men is low, but UTI’s are more common in males with no circumcision. UTI’s early in life can lead to kidney complications later in life.
- Decreased risk of sexually transmitted infections.Circumcised men have a lower chance of getting certain sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
- Prevention of penile problems. One disease an uncircumcised male faces, and a circumcised man never does, is phimosis, the inability, due to infection to retract the foreskin. This painful situation can also cause swelling to the head of the penis. circumcision complications are outwieghed by the advantages.
- Decreased risk of penile cancer and cervical cancer in a mate. Although cancer of the penis is uncommon, it’s more rare in circumcised men. Also, cervical cancer is less common in sexual female partners of a circumcised man. The very minor chance of simple circumcision complications is so greatly offset by the saving of a life if it prevents a cancer.
Circumcision does not affect fertility, nor does it circumcision affect sexual pleasure for men or their partners.
Overall circumcision benefits GREATLY benefit both the man himself and his partner and circumcision complications, when performed by an expert are almost non existant .
STD’s, Oral Sex and The Mouth
As described in part one, many different disease types can be passed from one person to another during unprotected sex with a person carrying an illness. One of the more important categories of disease are viruses.
There are a number of common viruses that one can catch .
Viral Hepatitis B – causes inflammation of the liver. If the body is not able to fight it, in close to 15% of the cases it becomes a chronic disease and is an STD. It can cause cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. A vaccine exists for hepatitis B
Herpes – is a viral infection. The virus lives in nerve cell bodies and when the become periodically reactivated, the will once again produce symptoms. The oral form of herpes is called a cold sore or fever blister. It presents as a blister or sore on the lip. It exists in the body for life. This STD can be painful.
HIV – is a virus and is the cause for AIDs. AIDS allows for the failure of the human defense system and for opportunistic infections to thrive.
HPV – Human Pappiloma Virus. can cause warts on skin or mucous membranes. It has been associated with various cancers including cervix,vulva, penis and the oropharanx . A vaccine does exist for this virus.
STD’s are an important category of diseases greatly affecting human kind. Transmission can be prevented if proper protective measures are used.
STD’s, Oral Sex and The Mouth
Diseases that are transmitted through sex are called STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases) The diseases are passed on through intimate contact (oral, anal or vaginal) and bodily fluids. Some have great health implications for life and you should understand
what the problems are and know how to protect yourself, should you engage in any high
You can not get an STD from a person who does not have one. Having multiple partners with unprotected sex is the way you catch an STD. Contrary to what many people think, you can catch an STD by having unprotected oral sex.
STD’s That You Can Catch
There are four main categories of diseases. Bacteria, Fungal, Viral, Parasite and Protozoal. Each is contracted and treated differently and there are many factors affecting your chances of catching it. Below are the most common STD’s.
Chlamydia – Is a bacterial infection and can be cured with antibiotic, ONCE it has been diagnosed. Unrepairable damage however, can be done before diagnosis. It can be transmitted to babies during childbirth causing great health issues or premature birth and blindness to the baby. Main symptoms are discharge and pain upon urination.
Gonorrhea –Is a bacterial infection, known as “the clap” and treatable with antibiotics. However, there are many strains today that do not respond anymore, making this a problematic disease with no treatment available in many cases. Symptoms are pelvic pain, discharge and pain on urination. Left untreated it can cause permanent damage and heart valve damage.
Syphilis – Is a bacterial infection that is treatable with antibiotics when caught in time. It have 4 states that are not always easy to detect. some of the symptoms are skin ulcerations, rash and ultimately years after contraction neurological disease including dementia. It has many bad symptoms including pain, eye and vision problems,kidney problems and more.
Candidiasis – Is a fungal disease that affects mucosal membranes and causes great discomfort, pain and itching. While it rearely causes complications it can be a source of discomfort.