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How Your Dentist Is Protecting Patients from COVID-19

May 29, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdeangelo @ 8:27 pm

conducting contactless temperature check before dental appointmentYour emergency dentist in Homer Glen, Il has always placed your health and safety at the top of their priority list. That was why their practice was temporarily shut down during the height of the COVID-19 crisis, and it is why they are taking extra measures to protect you now that they are reopen. Let’s talk about what your dentist and their team are doing to ensure that you can attend your next appointment with total confidence that you are entering a safe environment.

Safety Champions

Your dental team has made it their business to know all there is to know about stopping the spread of contagions. They keep up to date with the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association. They are committed to adhering to even the smallest rules, and they offer each other friendly reminders on how they can maintain the safest environment possible.

Health Checks

Your dental team would never work knowing that they might put you in harm’s way. That is why they submit to a daily health screening that includes a simple questionnaire and a temperature check. Many dental offices are also asking patients to go through a similar screening prior to their appointment.

Changing Clothes at Work

In the past, you might have seen members of your dental team wearing their scrubs at the grocery store or post office. Now, however, they change into their scrubs when they arrive at the dental office. This simple precaution reduces the risk that contaminants on clothing will compromise the practice’s safety.

Extra Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

You probably love to see the friendly smiles of the folks in the dental office. Unfortunately, now you may just see their eyes smiling. The front office staff might be wearing relatively simple masks, while hygienists and dentists may be wearing multiple masks that are designed to provide the highest level of medical-grade protection. You also might notice that they are wearing other forms of PPE, such as face shields or disposable coats.

Social Distancing

Your dentist has likely instituted measures to encourage social distancing to the extent possible. For example, they may have changed their scheduling procedures so fewer patients are in the office at the same time. They might have also rearranged the waiting area so you will not have to sit close to strangers.

This article has discussed just a few of the things that your dental team may be doing to ensure that you are safe during your appointments. If you would like to learn more about their COVID-19 safety protocols, feel free to give them a call. They would be happy to talk about any questions or concerns that you may have.

About the Author

Dr. Alan R. DeAngelo earned his dental degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. In the many years since he graduated, he has continually honed his skills through advanced education and hands-on experience. He provides top-quality general and emergency dental care to residents of Homer Glen and the surrounding communities. Dr. DeAngelo’s team is committed to patient safety during this pandemic season. To learn about our safety protocols, contact us at 708-301-3111.

 

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