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Clarkson Dental Group
1748 Clarkson Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017

Coronavirus Focuses on UV Light Disinfectant in the Dental Office

August 16, 2020
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Posted By: Scott Mahlin, DDS, MAGD, FIOCI

 

Why use UV Light Disinfectant?

Hospitals have long used UV Light Disinfectant techniques to combat viruses and bacteria.  Particularly when combatting the drug-resistant ‘super-bugs’.  This same technology may be used to successfully mitigate harmful ‘bugs’ that may be present in the dental office. 

 

How does it work?

The Ultraviolet C (UVC) light is the specific wavelength of light most beneficial for disinfecting the dental treatment space.  This allows for the germicidal ultraviolet technology to reach airborne particles and surface particles that can be missed by traditional surface spray barrier techniques and/or spray cleaners. 

 

What is the effectiveness of utilizing UVC lights in the dental office?

The UV sanitizing devices claim to kill 99.9% of bacteria that is has contaminated surfaces and that are airborne.  The success of UVC lights Is in addition to our dental office’s continued use of strict disinfectant and sterilization protocols. 

 

Where else in the St. Louis community have UV Light Disinfectant techniques been utilized?

This modality is now being utilized in our dental office, retail spaces, schools, and office spaces.  In addition, UVC treatments have been used in mass transportation vehicles like buses, airplanes, airports, and subways.  Their application has also been used effectively disinfecting emergency response vehicles such as ambulances and police care.

 

 

Why we use UVC lights to keep you safe at Clarkson Dental Group?

Although we have continued to maintain rigorous disinfection/sterilization protocols that meet or exceed industry standards, we feel the addition of UVC light disinfectant protocol for our dental treatment rooms allows us to provide the safest environment for our patients and our team.  As caregivers in the Chesterfield dental community, we place a very high expectation on the health and care every one of our patients receives.  Providing the optimal environment to support this vision is critical to providing the best overall dental experience for our patients. 

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We are open and ready to welcome you back! Please read our reopening letter here.  Do you have a question or concern about your dental appointment during COVID-19? Please refer to our page about dental emergencies during COVID-19, our blog about how to reduce the spread of the virus, and our FAQ about the safety of your dental appointment. Dr. Mahlin, Caleb, Jerri, Kim, Nikki, Pat and Karen.