From social distancing at the grocery store to working from home, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many aspects of our lives. These changes extend to dentistry and how your dentist in Greeley prepares to safely greet and treat each patient that walks through the doors. Dental safety measures have always gone further than simple hand washing, but in today’s world new health and safety protocols are required. Keep reading to learn about how your dentist has adapted and strengthened safety and sanitation measures ahead of your next dental checkup.
What Is a Safety Champion?
From your dentist to dental hygienist to the front-office staff, working to promote patient health and safety is a team effort. However, many dental practices are going a step further by designating one staff member each day as a “safety champion”. Safety champions are responsible for greeting patients, ensuring social distancing, answering questions and generally monitoring that all health and sanitation protocols are followed. By selecting one person each day to pay extra special attention to these measures, dental practices can ensure that no small details are overlooked.
New Dental Safety Protocols in Dallas
Safety champions aren’t the only new development at your dentist’s office. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many dental practices are implementing a range of new dental safety protocols. Here are just a few of the new measures you may notice the next time you visit your dentist in Greeley:
- Daily Health Checks – Contactless temperature checks and daily screening questionnaires will ensure your dental team is in great shape to meet your dental care needs.
- No Handshakes or Hugs – While your dentist will surely be glad to see you, handshakes and hugs have been put on pause until sometime in the future when things are “back to normal”.
- Change Work Clothes at Work – You likely won’t see any dental staff wearing their scrubs at the grocery store or while they run other errands. To reduce the risk of particle transmission, they instead will change into and out of their newly cleaned scrubs at the office.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Expect your entire dental team to be wearing personal protective equipment, such as face masks, face shields and disposable, protective gowns and hats.
After You Return Home
Your dentist’s commitment to safety does not end the moment you walk out the door after your appointment. Indeed, in addition to cleaning and sanitizing the treatment areas after each patient, the entire office will be given a top-to-bottom scrub down every night. Daily deep cleaning helps ensure the office is spotlessly clean each morning to welcome a new batch of patients.
Now more than ever, it is essential to take care of your oral health, as the mouth is the gateway to the body and immune system. Ask your dentist in Greeley about what extra safety measures they have put in place ahead of your next dental checkup.
About the Author
Dr. Mark Smith has been proud to serve the Greeley community for over 30 years by providing quality dental care in a safe and welcoming environment. Patient safety has always been a priority for Dr. Smith, which is why he recently teamed up with his partner, Dr. Blake Cure, to implement 20 new dental safety protocols at Greeley Complete Dentistry. To learn more about how Dr. Smith and Dr. Cure have prepared to receive patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Greeley Complete Dentistry website or call 970-356-7474.