Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How should dental supplies be stored?
Dental supplies should always be kept in packaging that keeps them safe from contamination and stored safely away inside of cabinets. Instruments and tools, as well as teeth, must be stored in sterilized packaging materials and/or containers that adhere to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For example, the CDC recommends that dental instruments be wrapped in pouches and paper-covered cassettes. Teeth should be placed into a durable, resealable plastic bag and then placed into a sturdy container.
How much does a dental office spend on supplies?
On average, a typical dental office spends about 7.2% of its budget on supplies, which is above the recommended benchmark of 4% to 6% of the budget. Costs can be reduced by keeping track of all supplies and only spending on those dental supplies that are needed for current use. Focus on purchasing the supplies used most frequently during a given month and spend less on supplies used infrequently.
What are examples of consumable dental supplies?
Consumable supplies for a dental office cover a wide range of items that are commonly “consumed” during the course of a regular day. Some examples include anesthetics, amalgam, bonding agents, crowns, paper drinking cups, disposable gloves, disposable masks, disinfectants, dental dams, teeth-whitening bleaches, needles and syringes.
Can sterile and non-sterile dental supplies be stored together?
A system should be created to store sterile dental items in a different location from items that are not sterile. The risk of accidental contamination of sterile dental supplies is too great to take a chance, so it’s always better to keep them separate. For the well-being of patients, always store sterile supplies in separate drawers or cabinets or on separate shelves from non-sterile supplies.