Cleaning Methods for Dental Instruments

  • Martin R. Fulford
  • Nikolai R. Stankiewicz
Part of the BDJ Clinician’s Guides book series (BDJCG)


It is essential to ensure that reusable dental instruments are scrupulously clean as a first step in the decontamination process. Any residual soil on the surface of equipment creates a risk that will prevent steam, generated during sterilisation, from condensing on the surface of the instrument and raising the temperature to that required to ensure sterilisation. Further, most microorganisms will struggle to attach to the surface of a clean instrument. Adherence of microorganisms to the surface of an instrument that is contaminated with organic soil or the irregular surface of residual dental materials is likely to be greatly enhanced.

Further Reading

  1. BS EN ISO 15883-1:2006. Washer-disinfectors. General requirements, terms and definitions and tests. 2006.Google Scholar
  2. BS EN ISO 15883-2:2006. Washer-disinfectors. Requirements and tests for washer-disinfectors employing thermal disinfection for surgical instruments, anaesthetic equipment, bowls, dishes, receivers, utensils, glassware, etc. 2006.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin R. Fulford
    • 1
  • Nikolai R. Stankiewicz
    • 2
  1. 1.WedmoreUK
  2. 2.East LydfordUK

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