These days, you don’t want to take your chances going anyplace if you don’t have to. You want to stay as safe as possible to protect yourself, your family, and anyone else who may be around you. However, dental appointments are essential, not just for the health of your smile, but for your whole body. Read on to learn more about why you shouldn’t be delaying your dental visit and what your dentist in Orange Park is doing to keep both the staff and patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dental Visits Are Essential for Your Health
Even though your regular cleaning is concluded with a polish to keep your teeth nice and pretty, there is much more to your appointment than just that. Your dentist also checks for early signs of oral cancer and gum disease so that you can be treated early on with more success. Periodontal disease can often be linked to issues elsewhere in the body like diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and osteoporosis. If you have a buildup of bacteria in your mouth from an infection, this can also do a number on your immune system. By visiting your dentist regularly, even during times, like these, you can keep yourself healthy.
Your Dental Office Has Always Been Taking Precautions
Healthcare professionals are required to follow strict protocols to ensure that patients are being treated in a clean, safe environment. They have always been taking steps to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs in the office. Here are some things that you can always count on your dentist to do:
Maintain Good Personal Hygiene
Everyone who is working in the dental office is required to wash their hands frequently. Other personal hygiene steps include keeping nails short, limiting jewelry, and pulling long hair away from the face.
The dental instruments that are used to clean your mouth are sterilized using a machine called an “autoclave” after each patient. Surfaces in the office are also regularly disinfected.
Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Surgical masks, disposable gloves, and other types of PPE are always used when necessary in the office to prevent the spread of germs.
Your Dental Office Is Safer Than Ever Before
Your dental team is taking a variety of new steps to ensure that the office stays as safe as possible. Here is just a small handful of the new protocols:
Daily Health Checks
Each day when the team comes into the office, everyone is asked a set of questions and given a no-touch temperature check to ensure they are able to provide safe dental care to patients.
At the start of your appointment, you will be asked to use an Oracare solution to reduce the number of germs in your mouth. When your dental team is safe, so are you.
Sequenced Patient Scheduling
Appointments have been spaced out further than usual to reduce the amount of people in the office at one time. This also allows for additional cleaning between patients.
You will be asked to complete a health questionnaire and consent form with a no-touch temperature check upon arrival.
Even though leaving home can be anxiety-inducing, your dental team is doing everything in their power to keep the staff, you, and your family safe.
About the Author
Dr. Natasha Patel provides a wide variety of services at her practice in Orange Park, FL. She began her dental education at SDM College of Dental Sciences in Karnataka, India before earning her dental degree from the prestigious Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is implementing 11 new safety protocols to keep her office safe. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit her website or call (904) 278-9011.