4 Ways Your Dentist Has Amped-Up Their Safety Procedures During COVID-19

May 21, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — coastaldental @ 1:28 pm
person sanitizing a countertop in an office

In order to make sure that patients preserve the health of their teeth and gums, dentists around the country are opening their doors again. The primary difference between now and before is that they’re increasing their safety precautions in an effort to keep patients safe. This involves meeting and exceeding strict CDC sanitation guidelines. Read on to learn four new ways in which your dentist in Point Pleasant has made their daily safety practices more rigorous than ever.

Appointing a Safety Champion

A Safety Champion is a staff member who is appointed on any given day to oversee your dentist’s daily sanitation guidelines. Whether that’s greeting patients, making sure social distancing is feasible in-office at all times, or overall monitoring, they’re there to solely focus on the sanitation of the facilities. By having one person in-charge of this, it’s easier to keep track of what sanitation precautions have already been completed throughout the day. This also allows the rest of our staff to carry on with their day without halting the patient appointment schedule, ensuring fast and effective care in a completely sterile environment.

Daily Staff Health Checks

As soon as the dental staff arrives at the office, they will undergo a health check involving a no-contact temperature reading and being asked several screening questions to ensure that they’re healthy and ready to care for patients. This way, we’re able to ensure patients that they’re being treated by healthy individuals, so they don’t have to worry.

Change Work Clothes at Work

Before, you may have seen nurses, hygienists, or other medical staff dawning their scrubs at the local grocery store after work. However, that’s all about to change. The dentist near you has implemented that all work clothing will be changed out of at work before staff leaves, and when they arrive the next day, they will change into their clean scrubs at work. This ensures that everything from the countertop of the welcome desk to the scrubs of your dentist are sanitized and disinfected.

Always Wearing Personal Protective Equipment

Your dentist, hygienist, and welcome desk attendant will always be wearing personal protective equipment, including but not limited to, protective eyewear, a mask, a splash screen, and gloves. This will reduce the chances of droplet spread. Staff will also be required to wash their hands both before and after they have gloves on to make sure that they are clean at all times.

If you’re concerned about what safety precautions your dentist in Point Pleasant has in place in response to the COVID-19 crisis, you can call and ask them. These strict sanitary practices will allow you to get dental care without having to worry about your safety.

About the Author

Dr. Joseph Zicchino has completed a dental residency at Mountainside Hospital and strives to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements and findings in the dental world. He enjoys providing his patients with high-quality dental care they can trust in and providing them with the knowledge and tools they need to maintain excellent oral health. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit Coastal Dental’s website or call 732-714-1030.

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