the chair at the dentist office can be riddled with germs

@winterose (39917)
Canada
March 28, 2008 2:50pm CST
I hadn't realized this, until I read this article, but all this bacteria floating around and you are sitting there with your mouth open, sure they clean the instruments but how many times do they actually disinfect the chair? http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080326161639.htm what do you think about this?
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@GardenGerty (104423)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I have seen my dentist hygienist use disinfecting wipes on the chairs, as well as frequently changing gloves and wearing face masks if they are coughing or others are. Z have every confidence in the facility where I receive care. That was not always the case, and that is why I changed to this dentist fifteen years ago. As a social service person for a nursing home, I also had residents into other offices, and most of them did disinfect their chairs and all of their equipment.
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@winterose (39917)
• Canada
30 Mar 08
very good to hear that
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Oh my, I never thought of that before. Now I will make sure to tell them I want to see them clean the chair before me or my little sister sits down. Hey thanks for posting this I bet like me alot of people didn't know this and this is great information that doesn't get talked about much.
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• United States
29 Mar 08
I never thought about the terms on a dentist's chair, nor any number of other germs there are in everyday getting around. We don't live in sterilized bubbles, so I'm just grateful for an immune system that deals with my germ-filled environment.
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@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
29 Mar 08
This kind of scares me. I went to the dentist just this week. I just got over the stomach flu. How many people am I going to infect? My immune system is low right now, how many germs have reinfected me? Maybe I will ask the next time I go in.
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28 Mar 08
that is a very good point i had never thought about that before but now you come to mention it there must be loadsa germs floating around the place. the profesionals should take more notice of that artical and clean the chairs!
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• United States
28 Mar 08
lol, good point. I bet hardly never. Thanks for the note, next time I will tell the dentist, for what you charge, disinfect my chair. No telling how many germs I'm sitting in.
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• United States
30 Mar 08
This is a interesting article. Something that I don't think a lot of people think about. I know for a fact that my dentist doesn't wipe off the chair before people sit down. I am sure he doesn't even think of the germs from another person that are still on the chair. I will have to show him this article and see what he thinks about it. I have been going to this dentist for a good piece of time and he is easy going so I am sure he will look at it with a open mind. Thanks for sharing this.
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@winterose (39917)
• Canada
30 Mar 08
let me know what he says, I would be very interested on his perspective on this issue
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• United States
30 Mar 08
I'll let you know what he says. It will be interesting to get it from the dentist point of view.
• United States
11 Dec 10
I took my kids to my Dentist the other day. I've been going there for over 20 years but I'm worried now! My 16 yr. old Daughter went first. she received a cleaning which as you know the water over sprays everywhere! The Hygentist grabs the over head lamp and continues to work on my daughter. Then goes into the cabinet for floss, and pulls some then tosses it on the counter. My son goes next. same routine but I noticed the chair, cords, counter etc nothing was wiped after my Daughter. Grabbed the floss and pulled some for him. so this means the floss is probably contaminated? not to mention the over spray on the hoses. Now, the lamp has both my kids germs on it and that means next in the chair is going to get their bacteria. This is scary! I heard of a case where a lady caught AIDS from her Dentist!
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@winterose (39917)
• Canada
12 Dec 10
yep there is bacteria there for sure, the aids must have been because the dentst cut himself, but they say it was mostly the dentists that got aids from their patients.
4 May 08
Hi there, This article shows how much we are exposed to germs in the dentist office..next time i go there, i would ask the doctor if he can do the procedure whilst i stand..lol..
@winterose (39917)
• Canada
4 May 08
good luck hon
@Hatley (164465)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Apr 08
winterrose i had never thought about that but thats a really good question. I think it should be asked a few times. do you ever disinfect this chair I am sitting on? I wonder if they answer the question. I think it should be wiped down between uses as a matter of course.
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@winterose (39917)
• Canada
4 May 08
yep and a good dentist or his assistant would do it.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
30 Apr 08
I worked with several dentists as an assistant and with each of them it was policy to have the seats , instruments, instrument holders (what the motorized hand pieces snap into) overhead lamps, cuspidor and spigot all be wiped down with disinfectant. we were very careful with quality control and cautious about cross contamination. before seeing a new dentist I would ask for a tour of their facility and their policies regarding disinfecting and cleaning of instruments and operatories.
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@winterose (39917)
• Canada
4 May 08
very good points to consider,
• United States
30 Apr 08
I don't know about anywhere else, but at every dentist I've ever been to, they clean the chair with disinfecting wipes between every patient. Those articles you've read are just propaganda to perpetuate the cycle of fear of dentistry. But then again, every office is different, and like restaurants, they all have their own "health score". If you aren't comfortable with them wiping down the counters and chairs and every other surface in the room between every patient, take your own wipes with you and do it yourself.
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@winterose (39917)
• Canada
4 May 08
these articles are from bona fide medical journals, they are letting us know that not all dentists bother, and it is important for the consumer to know that.
@Adelida2233 (1008)
• United States
30 Apr 08
Dentists must comply with OSHA standards, and OSHA randomly inspects offices to prevent things like this happening. Part of cleaning the room up after a patient has been in the room is to clean ever porus surface in the room, including(but certianly not limited to) counters, instruments, both the patient chair and doctor chair, and all cabinets. If your dentist doesnt clean these, they are not complying with OSHA standards and can be fined or even shut down. If you are really that concerned about it, ask the dental assistant to clean the chair in your presence.
@winterose (39917)
• Canada
4 May 08
thank you for your information.
@queenofarms (1665)
• United States
31 Mar 08
I guess I will be carrying me a can of lysol everywhere I go. You would think they would santitize everything.
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• United States
30 Apr 08
Most of them do sanitize everything. My mother has worked as a hygienist in a dental office for the past 25 years, and she would absolutely die before she didn't sanitize her workspace. Most dental people, like doctors, have worked too hard to get where they are to let something as stupid as not using a Lysol wet-wipe cost them their job.
• United States
11 Dec 10
I took my kids to my Dentist the other day. I've been going there for over 20 years but I'm worried now! My 16 yr. old Daughter went first. she received a cleaning which as you know the water over sprays everywhere! The Hygentist grabs the over head lamp and continues to work on my daughter. Then goes into the cabinet for floss, and pulls some then tosses it on the counter. My son goes next. same routine but I noticed the chair, cords, counter etc nothing was wiped after my Daughter. Grabbed the floss and pulled some for him. so this means the floss is probably contaminated? not to mention the over spray on the hoses. Now, the lamp has both my kids germs on it and that means next in the chair is going to get their bacteria. This is scary! I heard of a case where a lady caught AIDS from her Dentist!