In the dental practice, viruses, bacteria, and fungi are the most dangerous germs. It is important to know what you are dealing with.
A Battle without End in Sight?
Germs and infections will always pose a challenge. Here‘s why:
A virus can penetrate the body unnoticed by any security checkpoint – it can then be transmitted across the entire globe within 24 hours due to constant travel of modern society.
Natural disasters often lead to medical emergencies, offering germs a chance to reproduce unchecked.
Pathogens have many survival strategies. They can change their structure and develop resistance to medication.
The human life expectancy is rising. At a certain age, the defense abilities of the body decrease. Normally harmless infections can then have a devastating effect.
There are no vaccinations and medication against every type of infection. If a patient becomes infected with HIV or Hepatitis C, he will be a lifelong carrier of the pathogen, and possibly die from it.
However, we must never surrender. Our best weapon is prevention through rigorous infection control procedures. Experts have determined that approximately 30% of all infectious diseases could be prevented if hygiene regulations were followed.