International Arab Journal of Dentistry


There is high risk for transfer of pathogens in minor dental sur- geries, because of its invasive nature and an increased exposure to blood. Pathogens can be transferred through contact between surgical patients and the surgical team, resulting in post-ope- rative or blood borne infections. Both patients and the surgical team need to be protected from this risk. The risk of cross-infection / contamination can be reduced by implementing protective barriers such as wearing surgical gloves. Wearing two pairs of surgical gloves, as opposed to one pair can provide an additional barrier and further reduce the risk of contamination.