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Fact or Fiction: Hand Hygiene in the Dental office

Most of us know that the use of a hand sanitizer is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs through cross contamination. However, are the following statements Fact or Fiction?

  • Fact or Fiction: Thorough hand washing should take 60 seconds.
  • Fact or Fiction: Alcohol is a drying agent and it tends to pull water away from organisms. This is what harms them.
  • Fact or Fiction: On average, 21,000 germs per square inch await you at your desk.

According to the, the answers to the above questions are: (1) Fiction, 45 seconds, (2) Fact, (3) Fact.

Protect yourself in the dental office by wiping down your space daily with a disinfectant wipe. The cost is about 10 cents per sheet and well worth the protection it gives. As for hand sanitizers, be sure to use one with a minimum of 60% alcohol content throughout the day.

Did you know, Dental Advisor just announced that Preference Hand Sanitizer received the Editors Choice 5+ award. To see more about what people are saying about Preference Liquid Hand Sanitizer view this short video. And for more Fact vs. Fiction on hand hygiene in the dental office, check out the infographic below.


Lorena Lighthart

Lorena Lighthart is the Product Manager for the Clinical products division at Whip Mix. She has worked in the dental industry for over 30 years. Lorena works with a myriad of experts in the field to bring new products to market that support functional occlusion, esthetics, and healthy sleep.