Before COVID-19, your dental team would wash their hands, put on new gloves and a mask, and then start your appointment. With the new challenges posed by COVID-19, some changes have been made to ensure that patients and staff remain safe and protected from the spread of the virus. As you continue reading, you’ll learn about some of the new measures your dentist in Dublin is taking so that you can feel comfortable at your next visit!
High Standards Maintained for Your Safety
Historically, dentists have been at the forefront of preventing the spread of infection because of the very stringent rules they’ve always followed for cleanliness. However, the unique threat posed by COVID-19 has required dentists to make even more accommodations. As a result, you can feel secure that when you visit, you’re in a safe environment.
Here are some of the ways practices are stepping up their efforts:
Your dentist will designate a staff member as Safety Champion, whose job it will be to ensure that each person in the office is following the guidelines and standards necessary for maintaining a safe environment and preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Daily Health Checks of Staff
Each day, staff members will have their temperature checked and will answer a quick set of questions to ensure that the entire team is able to provide safe dental care. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about any threats to your health.
Change Work Clothes at Work Policy
Before leaving work and intermingling with other people in their communities, dental staff will change clothes at work to prevent any spreading of germs and bacteria. This serves as an added means of protection for their families and the people of the surrounding areas, and helps to flatten the COVID-19 curve.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
You may notice the staff at your dentist’s office wearing the following PPE:
- Face shields
- Shoe coverings
- Front desk masks
- Disposable, protective coats and hats
In-Depth Staff Planning
Because it’s important for everyone to be on the same page, most practices are holding daily planning meetings. This provides an opportunity to keep the entire team up-to-speed with the safety protocols of the office and to discuss any areas where improvements can be made.
Your Safety Comes First
Now that the COVID-19 curve has started to flatten, the last thing the country wants is to turn backwards. Therefore, every measure possible is being taken to limit the spread of the virus.
Your dental health is of the utmost importance, but you shouldn’t have to compromise your overall wellness when receiving care. With these protective protocols in place, you can feel safe and secure at your next visit!
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck earned his dental degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. For nearly 20 years, he has been consistently and effectively meeting his patients’ needs. When you visit, you can count on receiving care in a clean and safe environment. Dr. Buck practices at Distinctive Smiles, and he can be reached for more information through his website.