When you visit friends, family, colleagues, and even your dental team, you are usually greeted with a friendly hug or a handshake. As much as your dentist’s office would like to continue saying hello in this way, it must be discontinued for the time being. Since COVID-19 still going around, it just isn’t safe enough to get back to our regular ways yet. This is why your dentist in Clintonville is sharing some fun little to no-contact ways of greeting each other when you come to his practice.
What Greetings Should I Use at the Dental Office?
- Foot Bump: This was popularized at the beginning of the pandemic through videos on social media from across the world. You simply tap feet with another person. If you are both wearing shoes, it requires no skin to skin contact.
- Elbow Bump: You have probably been seeing this greeting since the start of the pandemic. It involves you and someone else bending your right arms and touching elbows. This isn’t completely contact free, but it doesn’t use as much physical contact as a handshake and you are not nearly as likely to touch your elbow to your face.
- Namaste: This is a traditional Hindu greeting that is popular all across southeast Asian countries like India and Thailand, where it is known as the “wai.” It involves placing your palms together with your fingertips pointed towards the sky and your thumbs at your chest. This is completed with a slight bow of the head.
- Hand Signals: There are many different hand signals that you could use to say hello to the team. You can use your favorite! It could be a wave, jazz hands, peace signs, or air high-fives. You could even make up your own!
Which Greetings Do I Need to Steer Clear Of?
- Handshaking: It’s great for business ventures or other formal greetings but it just isn’t appropriate right now. Most people frequently touch their face making this an easy way to spread illnesses.
- Hugging: Most people enjoy a hug now and again, but right now it is an easy way to spread COVID-19. It is best to avoid this comforting greeting for the time being.
- Fist Bumps / High-Fives: You shouldn’t be using any greetings that involve hand to hand contact. These aren’t as bad as a handshake but still shouldn’t be used at the moment.
- Cheek Kissing (La Bise): This nice greeting is especially popular in France, but since it involves such close contact, it’s best to avoid.
Just because you won’t be greeted with a handshake doesn’t mean that you won’t be welcomed to the dentist in other ways. Be sure to send some of these greetings their way!
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck and his team provide a wide array of services to their patients in the Clintonville area. Dr. Buck earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and is involved in many professional organizations like the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. He and his team are taking numerous steps, including refraining from handshaking and hugging, in order to keep the office safe. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (614) 459-7766.