June 16, 2020
Dental offices are already some of the cleanest places, but your dentist in Daytona Beach is going the extra mile to ensure your wellness as America combats the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the spread of the virus, you’d see your dental team wash their hands, put on gloves, and wear a mask before your examination, but now they are taking their safety precautions a step further to prepare for your visit. Although life might be full of uncertainty right now, you can rest assured, you and your smile are in good hands when visiting your dentist. Here are 4 ways your dentist is preparing for your visit to keep you safe.
1. Safety Champion
While many offices have been closed to routine services, your dental team has been undergoing advanced training in awareness and preparedness to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. This allows each member of the team to be a safety champion to minimize the risk of harmful pathogens in the office. Each day, your dentist will select a “Safety Champion” to greet patients, clean and disinfect, and ensure the proper protocols are being followed to keep both staff and patients well.
2. Daily Health Checks of Staff
There’s much to learn about COVID-19; however, we know people can transmit the virus even if they aren’t experiencing any symptoms. With a fever often the first sign of illness, your dental team will undergo a no-contact temperature check. They will also perform daily health checks, which includes answering a few brief questions about their health and how they are feeling. This ensures your dental team is feeling their best and ready to help patients achieve their oral health goals.
3. Change Work Clothes at Work
In the weeks before the virus, you would likely see people in the healthcare industry wearing their scrubs while on their lunch break or running errands. You won’t see your dental team in their scrubs outside of the office any more to minimize the risk of cross-contamination. Research shows pathogens can be transmitted by clothing. As a result, your dental team will be changing their clothes at work to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
4. Personal Protective Equipment
Your dental team has always used personal protective equipment when dealing with patients, like gloves and masks; however, they will be using more than what you might be accustomed to seeing. They might also wear disposable clothing or use a face shield as part of the new dental safety protocols in Daytona Beach.
Choose a Higher Standard of Safety
As the country reopens and you’re able to visit your dentist again for routine services, your safety is the last thing you need to worry about during your appointment. You can feel at ease knowing your dental team has implemented the latest safety standards to minimize your risk of COVID-19.
About Dr. David R. Lloyd
Dr. David R. Lloyd is committed to keeping his patients safe. Besides revamping our cleaning and disinfecting standards, we have also adopted the guidelines recommended by the ADA, CDC, and OSHA. If you have any questions about our safety protocols, or you need to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.
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