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 Gregory C. Dilger D.D.S.           General Dentist            1353 Edgewater St.          West Salem          (503) 378-0466   

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Infection Control in the Dental Office


Infection Control


Infection control in our office is very important to us.  To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain sterilization and avoid cross contamination using standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).


Protecting your Health


We meet and exceed what are called “universal precautions.”  That means we use the protective measures set by the government and the American Dental Association with each patient to prevent transmission of the virus that causes any infectious disease. These universal precautions include:


·         Wearing gloves, masks, and protective eyewear

·         Washing hands and changing gloves after each patient

·         Sterilizing or disinfecting dental instruments after each use

·         Cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces in the treatment room and equipment after each patient

·         Disposing of needles and other sharp items in specially designed containers

·         Properly disposing of waste items and contaminated materials


Some of these precautions are readily visible to you during a dental visit.  You will see the general cleanliness of the office, the use of masks and gloves, special waste containers, and our frequent hand washing. Other precautions, such as sterilization and disinfection, are performed before your visit. 


Sterilization and Disinfection


Dental offices use various methods to sterilize and disinfect in order to kill bacteria and viruses. Our staff is well trained in these procedures and their appropriate use.


There are several acceptable methods for the sterilization of instruments.  For example, instruments that can withstand high temperatures may be sterilized in a steam autoclave by using steam under pressure or with dry heat in an oven-like environment called the Chemiclave. Other instruments that cannot be heated are scrubbed clean and then sterilized or disinfected in chemical solutions. These various methods of sterilization kill the viruses and other microscopic organisms capable of causing diseases.


We use disinfection procedures for surfaces and equipment that cannot be removed for cleaning and sterilization such as countertops, drawer handles, and X-ray unit heads.  A chemical agent, registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as a hospital disinfectant, is used in our dental office. Disinfection is accomplished in the treatment rooms between patients to assure that the operatory is absolutely clean and sterile for each patient.


The use of disposable items is another way we maintain a clean and safe office.  Many dental materials such as gloves, masks, wipes, plastic drapes, needles, and scalpel blades are used only once and then disposed of properly.


Your health is our main concern


If you have any concerns, please feel free to bring them to our attention.  We want you to be assured that you are receiving the very best and safest dental care we can provide. Please remember that your healthy is our number one concern.




by Bernadette, CDA - December 10, 2009

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Patient Testamonials


Dear Dr. Dilger:


It all started with my initial phone call to Dr. Dilger's office. I felt so comfortable from the start and after I came in for my first visit it's been all about what I want and what Dr. Dilger and his staff recommends for me. All around, it's been the best dental experience I've ever had.


Al P.




Going to the dentist used to be a nightmare experience for me. That's all changed when I came to Dr. Dilger. Dr. Dilger's office staff are so warm and welcoming. Visiting them is like going home. Dr. Dilger's calm and caring manner erased all my dental anxiety and for the first time in my life I found myself relaxed in a dental chair. Dr. Dilger and his staff really took the time to get to know me and my concerns. They talked with me about my fears and helped me address my anxiety. Now I visit the dentist and I'm not afraid. I can not express the difference Dr. Dilger has made in my dental life! Thanks so much Dr. D.


Molly F.




I love my new smile.  It was so easy too.  Nearly pain free.  I am considering my lower teeth at a later date.


Debbie E.