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May 21, 2020

How Dental Safety Looks in the Post COVID-19 Era

Filed under: Uncategorized — nlcdentistry @ 11:23 pm
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Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the average dental team would wash their hands, put on new gloves and a mask, and prepare to get your appointment underway. A new era has dawned, though: one where even greater attention must be dedicated to maintaining a safe environment. The good news is that your dentist in Altamonte Springs has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to controlling the spread of germs, bacteria and infection. Read on to find out about some of the additional steps being taken to keep you safe while you visit.

An Opportunity for Improvement

According to, throughout history, “dentistry in the US has not been associated with high numbers of health-care-acquired infections (HIAs).” However, there are still some opportunities for improvement, especially in the area of compliance with the standard-of-care procedures issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Given the unique health threat posed by COVID-19, it’s even more important for these extra steps to be taken.

When you visit your local dentist, here are some of the improvements you’ll recognize:

Safety Champion

One way that your dentist is responding is by designating a Safety Champion, whose job it will be to ensure that each person in the office is following the guidelines and standards necessary for maintaining a safe environment and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Daily Health Checks of Staff

Each day, staff members will have their temperature checked and will answer a quick set of questions to ensure that the entire team is able to provide safe dental care. Therefore, when patients arrive for their appointments, they can feel confident in the environment.

Change Work Clothes Before Leaving Policy

Because they see dozens of patients a day, most practices are requiring their team members to change clothes before leaving the office. The added precautionary measure adds one more layer of protection for the surrounding community.

In-Depth Staff Planning

It’s important for everyone to be on the same page, so most practices are holding daily planning meetings. This provides an opportunity to keep the entire team up-to-speed with the safety protocols of the office and to discuss any areas where improvements can be made.

New Personal Protective Equipment for Your Safety

As part of the necessary changes that have been introduced by the COVID-19 crisis, you may notice some additional protective gear worn by staff members when you visit your dentist. You’ll likely see them outfitted in facial shields in addition to their normal gear. This provides an added means of protection against splashes, sprays and spatter of body fluids.

You Can Feel Comfortable

By knowing that your local dentist and staff are working hard to meet every dental safety protocol in Altamonte Springs, you don’t have to worry about placing yourself at a health risk when you have an appointment. After all, you shouldn’t have to compromise your total wellness to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

About the Author

Dr. Timothy M. Lane earned his dental degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He has since gone on to provide nearly 30 years of superb dental care. Dr. Lane and the team at Distinctive Dentistry on Maitland are taking every precaution to ensure your safety when you visit. He can be reached for more information through his website.

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