Northbrook, Illinois – Northbrook Court Dental Associates ( has announced that it has reaffirmed its commitment to patient safety by making it a top priority for office staff in the coming year.

“The protection of our patients has always been a primary concern,” says Northbrook Court Dental Associates founder Michael Vold, D.D.S. “Throughout 2013, we will continue to implement whatever policies and procedures are necessary to fully safeguard their health.

Northbrook Court Dental Associates has always strictly observed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and guidelines for dental offices, including proper label coding of instruments, the use of safer needles and extensive employee training.

The dental office implements various sterilization procedures throughout the day, including the disinfection of treatment surfaces, chairs, instruments, trays, lights, x-ray units, trays and equipment before and after each patient’s visit. The staff uses the safest and most effective disinfectant products currently available, as well as a wide range of disposable items such as needles, air and water tips, saliva ejectors, suction tips, cups and bibs.

Because of concerns regarding the bacteria found in the city water, Northbrook Court Dental Associates has installed a self-contained water system that runs distilled water through dental hoses, hand pieces and syringes.

The clinic’s staff has all been vaccinated against the Hepatitis-B virus, and wears masks, safety glasses and new gloves for each patient. Patients wear safety glasses when being worked on as well.

Northbrook Court Dental Associates employees also participate in ongoing continuing education classes on a variety of patient protection issues, including new infection control techniques and CPR certification.