Since the start of COVID-19, wearing face coverings, self-isolating, and practicing extensive sanitation have become integral parts of our daily routine. While research is still being conducted on the intricacies of this novel virus, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been adamant from the start of the pandemic that social distancing is crucial in flattening the curve. In fact, they believe that an estimated 185,000 deaths have been prevented by this measure alone! For that reason, your dentist is re-designing their practice into a social distancing-friendly zone. Therefore, your dental team will be opting for contactless greetings at your dental visit during COVID-19. Read on for four creative greetings recommended by your dentist in Dublin.
The “Live Long and Prosper” Salute
When the first Live Long and Prosper salute was used back in 1967, the world of pop culture was forever changed. Since then, fans of the widely loved Star Trek franchise have used it to greet someone or wish them farewell. Although it was originally intended to be a blessing gesture, five decades later it is the perfect salutation to use during a pandemic!
A Friendly Smile and Wave
Initially, this greeting may not seem all that creative, but there is nothing as unique as your smile! Plus, your dental team’s mission is to provide you with strong teeth and healthy gums that make you confidently flash your pearly whites at every turn. Paired with a friendly wave, this is the perfect greeting to use at your dental appointment!
An Air High-Five
While high-fives spread fewer germs than a traditional handshake, they breach the 6-foot distance guideline. However, that doesn’t mean you need to forgo them altogether! Instead, opt for an air-high five whether you are only a few feet away or across the room!
A Respectful Bow
Traditionally, bowing was only done in formal settings, like meeting someone of the royal family. However, today people use this greeting to communicate ultimate respect. If you like the idea of this gesture but feel it is too much for a routine dental visit, opt for simply bowing your head instead!
Forgoing warm handshakes and friendly hugs can feel awkward at first. However, opting for a contactless greeting will allow you to communicate your enthusiasm without compromising your safety. Fortunately, you can use one of the above social distancing-friendly hellos at your next appointment to do just that!
About the Practice
Whether you need a routine cleaning or treatment for a complex dental issue, the team at Distinctive Smiles of Dublin is ready to help with advanced techniques, extensive experience, and world-class care. Backed by their talented staff, Dr. Eric Buck, Dr. Hannah Burton, and Dr. Aras Mortazavi use their passion for dentistry to give you the personalized experience and treatment you deserve. If you would like to speak with them about how they are using their expertise to keep their patients safe during COVID-19, please visit their website or give them a call at 614-792-1800.