September 27, 2020
Did you know that dental practices are some of the cleanest environments in the country? Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, dentists used a wide range of infection control protocols in a specific order to protect their patients and staff from contagious illnesses like the common cold or the flu. Nowadays, these strict sanitation standards have been raised even higher to safeguard your wellbeing should you need to come in for dental work in these unusual times. Here are five key steps your Bensalem dentist is taking to keep their practice as safe and clean as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1.) Cleaning a Dental Practice During COVID-19
Every surface, fixture, and piece of equipment in a dental practice is first wiped down with a standard cleaning product or soap and water. This clears away larger particles that could be shielding smaller, more dangerous germs underneath. Once any debris is removed, a hospital-grade sanitizer is used to thoroughly disinfect the area. This process is completed hourly in high-traffic areas and after each patient in every treatment room. Then, at the end of every day, the entire office is deep cleaned to ensure there are no lingering particles.
2.) CDC-Approved Instrument Sterilization
Anything that comes near your mouth is either thrown out afterwards or disinfected with CDC-approved methods. This important, long-standing dental safety protocol ensures that there is no cross-contamination and that the patient is safe from any germs. Between each use, non-disposable instruments and tools are cleaned with high heat, steam under pressure, a chemical vapor, or a combination of these methods.
3.) PPE & Hand Hygiene to Keep Staff Healthy
Your dental team will also be following new protocols to keep themselves and their patients healthy. To keep any outside germs from getting into the practice, they’ll be changing into and out of their work scrubs only while in the office. Additionally, they won’t be wearing any jewelry or watches and instead will be showing off new PPE such as N95 masks and face shields.
4.) Maintaining a Clean and Safe Environment
The practice itself has been rearranged to keep it germ-free during business hours. New clear plastic barriers have been set up to block the movement of airborne particles. You’ll also notice that magazines, toys, and other frequently touched items that can potentially harbor germs have been removed. On top of it all, helpful signs and one-way traffic areas have been put in place to encourage social distancing.
5.) New Scheduling Methods to Keep Patients Safe
To keep the practice clean while your dentist provides the dental care you need, they have made several important changes to how appointments are scheduled. Not only are they simply seeing fewer patients than before the pandemic, but they’re spacing appointments out to provide more physical space and time for cleaning between patients. Some patients will be eligible for expanded appointments to save time and multiple visits, while others with certain medical conditions or concerns will be able to come in during hours reserved for at-risk patients.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives, but it hasn’t changed your dentist’s commitment to your safety. If you need to visit them for your regular checkup or needed dental work, you can rest assured that they’re taking every precaution to safeguard your health.
About the Practice
At Perfect Smiles of Bensalem, nothing is more important than the wellbeing of our patients, staff, and community. Since reopening in early June, we have established a wide range of COVID-19 safety protocols to go alongside our ambitious levels of sanitation. We are keeping our practice spotless with hospital-grade disinfectants, thorough and frequent cleanings, and methods outlined by the CDC. You can learn more about our Commitment to Safety on our website or by calling (215) 752-5911.
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