It may be useful for patients to know that a major upgrade of cross-infection procedures within dental practices was implemented in recent years by HTM 01/05 (HTM = Department of Health Technical Memorandum). This requires all practices to allocate, where possible, a separate disinfection facility for the disinfection of instruments and to clean these instruments in designated ways. It also sets out procedures for the treatment of surgical disposables such as gloves (for example by not reusing such materials). Our practice adheres scrupulously to these procedures. For more information please enquire at reception.