How Do Dental Practices Stay Safe & Clean During COVID-19?
April 16, 2020
Due to the nature of their work, dentists have always kept their practices exceptionally clean with strict sanitation protocols. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these standards have gotten even higher in order to keep patients and staff healthy and safe. Dentists are taking extreme measures to ensure that you are as safe as possible while you get the urgent dental care you may need after weeks in quarantine. Here are five ways your Carrollton dentist is engaging in dental practice safety during COVID-19 to safeguard your health if you need to come in for treatment.
1.) Continuing to Practice Excellent Hand Hygiene
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs is to practice regular handwashing. This is especially prevalent in a dentist’s line of work since there’s such a close proximity between their hands and the patient’s mouth. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, your dentist has been washing their hands before putting on their gloves, before and after treating each patient, and directly after removing their gloves.
2.) Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Items like masks, gloves, eyewear, face shields, and lab coats are known as personal protective equipment. You’ve probably seen your dentist wear many of these items during your regular dental appointments. This equipment is designed to protect the wearer’s nose, mouth, eyes, and skin from potentially infectious particles. To prevent the spread of germs, these objects are regularly disposed of or sanitized.
3.) Encouraging Cough Etiquette & Respiratory Health
Numerous measures are put in place to remind patients and staff alike to practice proper health etiquette and infection control protocols while in the office. Most offices have easily seen and accessible facial tissues, hand sanitizer, and no-touch trash receptacles. During the coronavirus pandemic, you may notice signs, posters, or pamphlets reminding readers to cover their nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing.
4.) Sterilizing Dental Instruments & Devices
To completely eliminate the chance of reinfection, many dental devices are single use. They come in sterile, sealed packages and are thrown away after coming in contact with a patient. To keep non-disposable instruments clean, dental staff are specially trained to use sanitation techniques like high heat, powerful disinfectants, and other means to thoroughly eliminate any lingering particles.
5.) Regularly & Thoroughly Disinfecting the Office
Before you even enter a dentist’s examination room, every surface has been cleaned. Hospital-strength disinfecting products are used on all the countertops, doorknobs, switches, the dental light, and the dentist’s chair. Some equipment is even covered in a protective cover that is replaced between each patient as well.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, your dentist has been practicing extensive infection control procedures and rigorous sanitation protocols. If you need to visit them for emergency dental care, you can feel confident that you’re walking into an exceptionally clean, safe, and germ-free environment.
About the Author
Dr. Marc Dandois has more than three decades of experience and has been serving Carrollton, TX since 2004. He is proud to offer a wide variety of treatments and advanced services while focusing on patient comfort. The health of his patients and staff has always been his number one priority, which is why he is taking many extra measures to keep his practice safe, clean, and germ-free should you need to come in for dental care during COVID-19. If you’d like to learn more, feel free to contact him via his website or at (972) 394-7007.