Because of the threat that the COVID-19 virus poses, cleaning a dental office isn’t as simple as just spraying disinfectant and wiping down the equipment. Instead, dental practices are taking a detailed and thorough approach to ensure you’re safe when you visit. Read on to learn what your dentist in Clintonville is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
A Clean and Safe Space
When you visit for dental care, the last thing you should have to worry about is being infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued strict guidelines for medical professionals to follow to decrease the chances of another outbreak as the country goes through the reopening process.
Here are some of the steps dental practices are taking to keep patients safe:
- Designating certain equipment to only be used for patients with known or suspected COVID-19
- Making sure that all non-dedicated, non-disposable equipment used for patient care is cleaned and disinfected according to the common protocols and standards
- Tracking and maintaining environment cleaning and disinfection procedures
- Using hospital-grade disinfectant to clean frequently touched surfaces or objects
The checks and balances don’t stop here. There are even more components that go into maintaining a clean and virus-free environment.
Training and Education
None of the above can be accomplished without proper education. Thus, dental employees are provided with task-specific training on preventing transmission of infectious agents. To further ensure that everyone is on the same page, refresher training is provided as well.
Staff members are also educated and trained on how to properly use personal protective equipment (PPE) prior to caring for patients. This includes attention to the correct use of PPE and prevention of contamination of clothing, skin and the environment during the process.
You can expect to see staff dressed in the following:
- Facial mask
- Facial shield or goggles
- Possibly an isolation gown
- Clean, non-sterile gloves
As an added safety measure, staff will remove work clothing before leaving the office to lessen the chances of communal spreading of COVID-19.
The Role You Play
Defeating COVID-19 will take a collective effort. Patients can help by postponing a visit if there are any warning signs of the virus. Dentists are also encouraging patients to generously use hand sanitizer; you’ll find it placed throughout the office.
Additionally, it’s important that you frequently wash your hands. Not only will this decrease the chances of contracting the virus when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth, but your diligence will also benefit others.
Now that the country is reopening, the last thing anyone wants is to turn back. With these strict protocols in place, you can receive the dental care you need without having to worry about your health.
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck earned his dental degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. A highly skilled professional, he takes a careful and compassionate approach to practicing dentistry. Dr. Buck is available to meet all your dental care needs in a clean, safe and comfortable environment. He practices at Creative Smiles, and he can be reached for more information through his website.