Before the COVID-19 pandemic, your dentist and their team would clean their tools, wash their hands, put on a clean pair of gloves, and be ready for your appointment. However, much more goes into preparing for your dental visit today. A wide variety of additional infection controls and safety protocols have been established to keep patients and staff alike safe from the coronavirus. Here are six ways your Greensboro dentist ensures they can provide excellent dental care as safely as possible during COVID-19.
1.) Advanced COVID-19 Training for Staff
To stay as informed and prepared as possible, every team member has undergone additional COVID-19 awareness and prevention programs. This enhances their knowledge as well as their ability to provide safe dental care during a pandemic.
2.) Designated Safety Champion
A safety champion is a team member who has been designated to monitor the practice’s Commitment to Safety. They ensure all extra infection control protocols are being followed and are available to answer any questions from staff or patients.
3.) Daily Team Member Health Checks
Every day before a team member begins working, their temperatures are taken and they are asked a series of questions. This daily health check ensures everyone is ready and able to provide safe dental care.
4.) Change Work Clothes at Work
Studies have found that COVID-19 can live on a variety of surfaces for anywhere between a few hours to a few days, depending on the material. To prevent the spread of infectious particles through clothing, team members change into and out of their clean scrubs inside the office.
5.) More Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The coronavirus can be transmitted very easily through the mouth, nose, and eyes. To protect these vulnerable areas, your dental team will be wearing personal protective equipment like gloves, masks, face shields, and disposable coats.
6.) Rigorous Cleaning & Disinfecting
Thanks to their strict sanitation protocols, dental practices have always been some of the cleanest environments in the country. Every non-disposable dental instrument is sterilized with CDC recommended methods like heat, pressure, and chemical vapors. Additionally, objects like countertops, sink handles, doorknobs, switches, and dental chairs are cleaned regularly with hospital-strength disinfectants.
While COVID-19 may have changed many aspects of what “normal” everyday life looks like, it hasn’t changed your Greensboro dentist’s dedication to your overall health. If you need to come in for dental care, you can feel confident that you’re walking into a clean, safe, and fully prepared office.
About the Practice
Our talented team of dentists at Lake Oconee Dentistry in Greensboro, GA have always gone above and beyond to put the best interests of their patients first. To ensure they can provide the excellent dental care you need in a safe and germ-free environment, they have established 22 extra safety and infection control protocols. They are staying current with the latest developments about the COVID-19 pandemic, and are adjusting their ongoing commitment to safety to keep their patients, staff, and community healthy accordingly. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact them via their website or at (706) 453-1333.