Infection Control

Infection controls and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control — you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. You should feel free to discuss this topic with Dr. Avalos and receive a straightforward answer.

Dr. Avalos and our entire team follow procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:

  • Disinfectant hand soap
  • Gloves and face masks
  • Chemical disinfection of counter tops and surfaces
  • Sterilization of all equipment before every use
  • Disposable materials

We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental hand pieces. We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure.

The best defense against disease is information. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel.


The transmission of infection control and the need for infection control is one of the top concerns for any dentist, staff and patient. Controlling bacterial contamination through sterilization is the most essential element in the infection control process and vital to patient safety. Protecting the patient, physician and staff from various infectious diseases is something that can be controlled by the office through proper instrument sterilization. 

Dr. Avalos and her staff understand the importance of having the proper equipment for reliability, efficiency and ease of use. The staff is properly trained in the sterilization process to insure that every patient has the highest quality of infection control. Avalos Dentistry strives for the best for each patient. The dental team proudly validates and verifies the sterilization of all of the instruments with the CDC-approved Bravo Chamber Autoclave Sterilizer.