Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, dentists and their team members had a fairly simple procedure for preparing to see patients. They would thoroughly wash their hands, don a fresh mask and gloves, and then get to work. Now, however, many additional steps are necessary to protect patients and dental team members from potential contamination. In this article, we discuss a portion of the dental safety protocol in Midtown that is helping to fight the spread of COVID-19.
Champions for Safety
Knowledge is power. That old adage is as true as ever when it comes to fighting COVID-19. That is why your dentist and their staff members have made it their business to enhance their knowledge of how contagions spread and what steps can be taken to protect everyone in the dental office. They want to make sure that every safety rule, even the ones that might seem insignificant, are followed all day, every day. For example, you will notice that they are serious about encouraging social distancing, avoiding unnecessary contact, and keeping all surfaces as clean as possible.
Daily Health Checks
Your dentist in Midtown and their team members love to see you, but they would never endanger you by working while ill. That is why they willingly submit to a simple health screening every day before they start working. The screening includes a contactless temperature check and a few questions that assess whether they have any potential symptoms of COVID-19.
Changing Clothes at Work
Before COVID-19 broke out, you may have seen your dentist or their team members wearing their scrubs at the post office or grocery store. However, you will not see that now because team members are required to change into freshly cleaned scrubs at the dental office. This rule ensures minimizes the chances that a virus could transfer from a staff member’s clothing to patients or their fellow teammates.
Extra Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment (PPE) helps to create barriers that stop contagions from spreading from person to person. That is why you may notice that your dental team is wearing more PPE than they used to. For example, the receptionist at the front desk will be wearing a mask even though that was never necessary in the past. You might also see that your dentist, hygienist, and dental assistants are wearing face shields, disposable coats, and other advanced gear.
This article touches on just a few of the steps that your dental team is taking to prepare for your visit during COVID-19. If you need to receive dental treatment during these uncertain times, you have no reason to worry about heading to your local practice. Your dentist is serious about helping you to stay safe and healthy!
Meet Our Practice
Drs. Boyd is a family-run dental practice with five doctors who are ready to care for all of your oral health needs. We have always maintained one of the cleanest offices in Manhattan, and our commitment to patient health and safety has grown greater than ever during this unprecedented time. To learn more about what we are doing to fight COVID-19 or to request an appointment, contact us at 212-755-9055.