Office Cleaning Practices

Clinic contact surfaces

These surfaces are frequently touched in the course of patient care. They can become contaminated by direct spray or splatter generated during dental procedures, or by contact from the provider’s gloved hands.
These surfaces are cleaned and disinfected between patients and at the end of the workday, using disinfectant wipes and sprays.
The surfaces include:
Chair controls and switches
Light handles and switches
Radiography equipment
Chairside computer, keyboard, and monitor
Reusable containers of dental materials
Drawer and faucet handles

Some clinical contact surfaces and equipment can be protected from contamination by the use of barriers. Barriers are particularly effective for those surfaces that are difficult to clean and disinfect, due to their shape, surface, or material characteristics.

General housekeeping

Surfaces such as floors and walls have a limited risk of disease transmission. Accordingly, these surfaces usually require only periodic cleaning with dilute detergents. However, if a surface is suspected to have become contaminated, it should be cleaned first and then disinfected with an appropriate low-level disinfectant.

From a general housekeeping point of view, floors and surfaces are professionally cleaned every night.

Management of waste

Biomedical waste

Classified as hazardous waste and must not be disposed with regular garbage.
Can include anatomical waste (tissue) or non-anatomical waste (sharps, blood-soaked materials).
Handled safely to protect human health and the environment
Stored in colour-coded containers that are marked with the universal biohazard symbol
Released to an approved biomedical waste carrier for disposal

General office waste

A dental office’s general waste is no more infective than residential waste. The majority of soiled items generated in dental offices do not require any special disposal methods, other than careful containment and removal.
Garbage containers are waterproof, lined with plastic bags, and have tight-fitting lids.

Disposal of extracted teeth

May be returned to the patient without any special considerations for infection prevention and control, other than simple cleaning of visible blood and debris.

Extracted teeth without amalgam fillings are disposed as general office waste.
Extracted teeth with amalgam fillings are treated as mercury-containing waste and disposed accordingly.


Cliffcrest Dental

2995 Kingston Rd, Scarborough,
ON M1M 1P1, Canada