Germ Danger In The Dentist’s Office?

Posted by Bruce Kassover on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 @ 08:55 AM


Cavities.  Root canals. Annual cleanings. Many people dread going to the dentist for these or any of the other issues that may arise while the hygienist is sticking cold metals objects with sharp edges into your wide-open mouth.  Surprisingly, there are three more words to add to that list – things which are potentially more hazardous and have nothing to do with your mouth or teeth. 

A new study found that Pseudomonas, E. coli and Staph aureus are all dangerous pathogens that can be contracted through your skin’s exposure to the unsterilized bib chain that rubs across the back of your neck, as well as the neck of every other patient to visit the office. 

Hopefully, you’re a person who takes a shower and cares about your personal hygiene. That great! But, what if the person before you happened to have some sweat on the back of their neck, or make-up, or worse?  What once was theirs now could be yours!

To read more about how a dentist’s office stacks up to an airport bathroom, click here:


Topics: health, hygiene, dentist, stapholoccus, MRSA, staph, pseudomonas, germs, Swisher, e. coli