May 1, 2020
Excellent hand hygiene has always been an essential part of safe dentistry since a dentist’s hands come in close proximity to all their patients’ mouths. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, these ambitious standards have gotten even higher. In fact, a wide variety of extra infection control protocols has been established to ensure the office, staff, and dental tools are as clean as possible. Here’s what your Carrollton, TX dentist is doing to keep their hands exceptionally clean during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Advanced Training for Team Members
Every team member has completed additional COVID-19 awareness and prevention training. Part of this training includes the most effective hand hygiene techniques and infection control protocols to utilize during the coronavirus pandemic.
Even though your dental team is excited to welcome you back into their office, they won’t be accepting any handshakes or hugs. Instead, you’ll see them using a variety of fun touch-free greetings to prevent the spread of germs.
CDC- Approved Instrument Sterilization
While many dental tools like suction tube tips and needles are single use, other instruments are used many times a day. Thankfully, your dentist has always sterilized anything that comes close to your mouth with thorough methods outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dental mirrors, scalers, and other items that are used frequently throughout the day are cleaned with high heat, steam under pressure, or chemical vapor between each use to eliminate the chance of infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that regular handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from infected particles like the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19. Even before the pandemic, your dental team has been washing their hands before and after treating each patient, before putting on and directly after taking off a pair of gloves, and before leaving and right after returning to the practice.
Disposable gloves prevent germs from settling on the wearer’s skin. However, those particles can easily be distributed to anything the contaminated gloves touch. That’s why your dentist puts on a brand-new pair of gloves before administering care, then takes them off and throws them away afterwards before touching anything else. They’re very careful not to touch doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, or any other fixtures while wearing a used pair of gloves.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, excellent hand hygiene is more important than ever. If you need to visit your dentist after weeks in quarantine, you can rest assured knowing that your health and the health of your smile are in good, capable, and clean hands.
About the Author
At On Point Dentistry in Frisco and Carrollton, TX, we truly believe in providing honest, long-lasting, and comfortable dentistry that is uniquely tailored for each patient. Dr. Marco Caballeros and his talented team have always met the ambitious sanitation standards of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In these unusual times, they continue to put the best interests of their patients first and have installed 17 extra steps to their infection control processes. If you’d like to learn more about their Commitment to Safety, feel free to contact them via their website or at (972) 418-8461.
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