Infection Control in Dental Practices:
In July of 2012, an oral surgeon in Denver was found to be reusing IV needles in his practice. As a result, three former patients have tested positive for an infectious disease, potentially from his office.
While the fact remains that these types of incidents can occur in any healthcare setting, Dr. Riegel believes this is one more reason that you want to know and trust who you visit for healthcare.
“At Mark Riegel DMD Family Dentistry, we take very seriously our infection control practices,” said Dr. Riegel. “We receive annual training on the matter, and when there are updates to the protocols we follow those immediately. We see our own families in our office and aim to treat our patients like family too.”
Dr. Riegel stressed that, “Your safety is our top concern, and we make sure we have the time, training and resources necessary to keep our office safe for all our patients.”
Questions or concerns about infection control practices at Mark Riegel DMD Family Dentistry? Ask your hygienist or Dr. Riegel at your next visit.
Dental Health & Systemic Health Link: Perio DZ
One out of every two American adults age 30 and older has a periodontal disease, according to a new study published in The Journal of Dental Research. Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums can become swollen and red, and they may bleed. In its more serious form, called periodontitis, the gums can pull away from the tooth. Bone can be lost, and the teeth may loosen or even fall out.
Researchers have been looking for a clear connection between a person’s oral health and their systemic, or overall health. In particular, it is thought that the infection present in a person’s gums could adversely affect the rest of their body by means of the body’s inflammatory response to periodontal diseases.
Cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, adverse pregnancy outcomes, osteoporosis, aspiration pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis are all conditions suspected of having this association. The focus of more recent studies has been on identifying possible mechanisms that underlie these associations and whether treating oral diseases leads to an improvement in the measurable signs of systemic diseases.
Mark Riegel DMD Family Dentistry takes the necessary steps to assess a patient’s risk of gum disease by measuring the gingival sulcus around each tooth, recognizing bleeding areas and observing the health of the bone around the teeth in x-rays. Questions about your periodontal status, or how you can care for your gums better? Ask your hygienist or Dr. Riegel next time you are in for a visit.