Section IV. CLINIC ROUTINE
The dental clinic must be kept ready for receiving patients and for inspection at all
times. This means that the dental specialist must arrive in sufficient time before the first
appointment in the morning and in the afternoon. He must prepare the treatment room and
the patient's records so that treatment can be started at the appointed time. It also means
that he must remain after the last appointment to perform necessary cleaning, sterilizing,
and maintenance procedures in treatment rooms and in common areas. Most clinics will
have SOPs for cleaning and maintenance that specify the nature and the frequency of
duties and assignment of responsibilities.
3-14. CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
Care and maintenance of equipment and supplies are essential for the efficient
operation of a dental clinic. Careful adherence to maintenance schedules ensures proper
functioning, lengthens the life of the equipment, and minimizes waste of materials.
3-15. DAILY ROUTINE PROCEDURES
a. General. Some routine procedures are required on a daily basis. Generally,
they are accomplished in the sequence listed.
b. At the Beginning of the Day. These are accomplished before the arrival of the
Turn on unit appliances.
Turn on water to the unit.
Prepare the sterilizer.
Ensure linen supply is available.
Fold towels and place them in the proper location.
Check and fill spray bottles to use for disinfecting.
Provide towels and soap at the wash basin.
Check the paper cup and towel supplies.