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September 24, 2020

I Don’t Want No Scrub: Why You Won’t See Your Dentist in Scrubs Outside the Office

Filed under: Uncategorized — nlcdentistry @ 5:22 pm
Dental team wearing scrubs and face masks

Six months ago, our lives were turned upside down as the new COVID-19 virus spread into a worldwide pandemic. Fortunately, measures like social distancing and extensive hand hygiene have made the transition into our “new normal” possible, but the fight is long from over. Therefore, your dental team is implementing additional safety practices, like changing out of their scrubs before leaving their office. A dentist in Altamonte Springs shares why this infection control measure is so important and four additional procedures you can expect at your next visit.

Why Changing Out of Their Scrubs Is a Crucial Infection Control Measure

Daily, dentists across the U.S. come into contact with blood, saliva, and other bodily fluids that expose them to potentially harmful bacteria and dangerous viruses. Fortunately, they can protect themselves by wearing personal protective equipment that is designed to shield their eyes, nose, and mouths from these pathogens. However, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 30% of health care worker attire is frequently contaminated, which can quickly spread if worn outside the office. Therefore, your dental team will wear a fresh set of scrubs in the morning and change out of them every afternoon when they leave the office.

4 Additional Safety Measures You Can Expect

At first, a simple measure like having your dentist change out of their scrubs can seem small. However, in conjunction with other safety procedures, it becomes a powerful part of keeping both the dental team and the patient safe. With this in mind, you can expect to see the below best practices at your next appointment:

  • Health checks for patients (i.e., no-contact temperature check, screening questionnaires, etc.).
  • Extensive sanitation measures (i.e., hand sanitizing stations, HEPA air filtration, etc.).
  • Social distancing measures (i.e., virtual waiting rooms, spaced-out seating, etc.).
  • Additional personal protective equipment (i.e., face shields, disposable coats, etc.).

As the world continues to battle the transmission of COVID-19, it is more important now than ever that we remain vigilant in our fight against it. That is why your dentist is happy to dedicate their time and resources to implementing extensive safety measures, like changing out of their scrubs at work. That way, you can get the dental care you need without compromising your safety!

About the Practice

For over four decades, Distinctive Dentistry on Maitland has built a reputation on integrity-based care, family-friendly services, and their exceptional dental team. Amid the current pandemic, Dr. Timothy M. Lane, Dr. Charles E. Curley, Dr. Brett W. Zak, Dr. Scott E. McCauley, and their talented staff are happy to go above and beyond to make each appointment as safe as possible. So, whether you need a routine cleaning or emergency treatment, they are ready to help! For additional information on COVID-19 safety in Altamonte Springs, visit their website or give them a call at 407-830-9800.

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