Sterilization Procedures in the Dental Office

Sterilization is an important part of maintaining health and safety in any healthcare environment. At the office of David W. Piper, DMD, we implement a variety of procedures to ensure that the instruments and treatment environment are clean and sterile to safeguard the health of our patients and staff.


Sterilizing the various instruments used during treatment is a top priority. That’s why we use heat and pressure sterilization to prevent bacterial cross-contamination between patients or the transfer of other pathogens. This thorough method brings instruments to high temperatures between uses, killing all microorganisms. If the instrument is not able to be heat sterilized (plastic melts) then a one- time- use,disposable item is used instead.

Protective Barriers

Heat sterilization is effective for the hand instruments used in treatment, but isn’t viable for every surface in patient treatment areas. We use disposable covers for seats and other surfaces to prevent germs from being transferred to or from patients.

Air Filtration

The air we breathe is also a vector for pathogens. Our office has high-quality air purification system that filters out germs and viruses, including individual units for each treatment room.

Surface Disinfection

Our office stays up-to-date on all surface disinfection protocols. We use industry-standard medical disinfectants and cleaning solutions between each patient visit to ensure that everyone enjoys a clean treatment environment.

Disposable PPE Protocols

Masks and gloves help prevent the spread of many pathogens, but only when used correctly. All of our staff are carefully trained in the appropriate protocols to use gloves and masks effectively, disposing of them and applying new ones between each patient.

Find Treatment in a Welcoming and Healthy Environment

If you’re looking for a clean, friendly, and healthy dental office in Largo, Florida, that can reliably provide you with quality, skilled treatment, turn to David W. Piper, DMD. Give us a call at (727) 548-7100 to schedule your first appointment.


I've been a patient of Dr. Piper's for the last 19 years so it's very obvious that I've been a very very satisfied patient. I had an excellent full check-up today with x-rays and everything was perfect. Perfect because I've been going consistently and following their experts on dental care, cleaning and good health! Bravo 👏 👏 👏
Deborah M.

Dr. Piper and staff are always very professional, I have been a patient for over 15 years, and happy about it. Just got my teeth cleaned and checked recently, Sandra is friendly and thorough, and the office felt very clean which is important.
Tom T.

Staff were fast and attentive, didn't wait long before I saw Dr. Piper. The office is clean and organized. Was a great decision to use this practice and will be visiting again. Not a single issue. Cannot recommend enough.
Ted M.

Thank you Sandra, for my teeth cleaning....I had a great experience, I do love getting my teeth cleaned! Piper Family Dentistry rocks...😁.
Deborah W.
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