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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 73-80

Current Sterilization Protocols-An Orthodontic Perspective

Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India

Correspondence Address:
Abraham Vinod Korath
Dept. of Orthodontics,Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospitals,No.1, Alapakkam Main Road, Maduravoyal, Chennai 600 095. Tamilnadu
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Considering the enormity of the challenge that infectious agents pose against us, as well as their nature to continuously evolve in real time;the implementation and execution of effective infection control protocols among all health care communities including our own is vital. Against this backdrop;various sterilization protocols are reviewed concomitantly with relevant scientific data from the orthodontic community as well as outside;evaluating numerous factors deemed critical from an orthodontic standpoint. It is hoped that these reviews would facilitate the discerning orthodontist in us to make an informed decision towards their implementation in the orthodontic office. Part I of this article focuses on the working principles of various methods of sterilization with an appraisalof their effects on orthodontic instruments. Additionally,contributory factors of instrument damage is enumerated to emphasis the importance of adhering to precise protocols and manufacturer recommendations as well as in alleviating some misconceptions about sterilization induced instrument damage.

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