Cross Infection Control

We take the wellbeing and safety of our patients very seriously. We understand the concerns many patients have over cross infection control. Russell Street Dental Clinic follows all of the national guidelines for cross infection control. We use disposable materials wherever possible. In situations where the use of disposable equipment is not possible the following methods are used to ensure the highest levels of sterility. Cross infection control prevents the spreading of infectious diseases from staff to patient, patient to staff, staff to staff  and from one patient to another.

At Russell Street Dental Clinic we use the latest equipment and strict cross infection control protocol to protect our patients and staff.

Washer and chemical disinfectants

Washer and chemical disinfectants are sophisticated medical devices used to clean the instrument prior to the use of the autoclave.


Autolclaves are by far the most effective way of killing germs. All instruments such as mirrors, dental drills and metal hand instruments that are capable of being autoclaved are fully sterilised after every patient. The autoclave works by bathing the instruments over a period of time with steam at a very high temperature and pressure.

Chemical Disinfection

Some instruments such as plastics, the work surfaces and the dental chair cannot be placed inside an autoclave. These items are fully disinfected using powerful chemicals which are designed to kill bacteria and viruses.

Gloves and Masks

A new set of disposable gloves is worn for every patient. The dentist will wear a face mask during any operative procedure. These simple precautions are highly effective in the prevention of cross infection.

Hand Disinfection Gel

Ready to use hand disinfectant gel, alcohol based, is available for use throughout the clinic.  This is for patients and staff and helps with hand hygiene ensuring they are disinfected.