Hesperian Health Guides

Clean Your Instruments After You Finish

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Dental tools must be scrubbed clean and then disinfected or sterilized before they are used again. Otherwise they can pass on germs that cause illnesses such as tetanus or hepatitis (see page 172 in Where There Is No Doctor).

See Chapter 7 for how to clean, disinfect, and sterilize dental equipment.

Dental instruments must be not only clean, but also sterile. This means they need to be both scrubbed and then boiled before they can be used again.

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Use a brush and clean each instrument with soap and water. Be careful to scrub away all bits of old dried blood. Kill germs by sterilizing all tools that cut flesh or touch blood or cement. Disinfect the others.

This page was updated:17 May 2024