We were concerned to hear that the CDC has confirmed the first ever case of a patient coming down with Hepatitis C due to improper infection control practices being followed by a dental office. While we are saddened that this occurred, we would like to take the opportunity to share with you the procedures we voluntarily employ to protect the health and well being of our patients and their families. Our team is committed to exceeding the infection control guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA). Be assured that before any patient enters any of our exam rooms, that all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, instrument tray, drawer handles, counter tops, have been cleaned and disinfected. Some of our equipment is covered with protective covers which are always replaced between patients. Non-disposable items like dental instruments are cleaned and sterilized between patient appointments. Disposable dental instruments and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective garb such as gloves, masks and eyewear. After each patient, all disposable wear items, such as gloves are discarded. Before seeing the next patient, the members of the treatment team cleanse their hands and put on new gloves. We encourage our patients to stop by our office or call with any questions they may have regarding our infection control precautions. More information on infection control may be found online on the ADA consumer website at: www.Mouthhealthy.org.