In this day and age, safety is the number one priority. You’ve been taking many steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 like practicing good oral hygiene, covering your mouth and nose, and keeping your distance from others. Your dentist has been taking many steps too. Not only is the dentist safer than ever, but it is an essential healthcare service. The American Dental Association (ADA) has expressed that oral health is fundamental to your overall wellbeing. Read on to learn more from your dentist in Carrollton about how you are being protected from COVID-19.
Has Anyone Caught COVID-19 at the Dental Office?
Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 that have been linked back to the dental office. It is impossible to completely eliminate your risk of contracting the virus. However, with so many precautions being taken, it is highly unlikely that you will become sick when visiting your dentist.
How Is Your Dentist Keeping Patients Safe?
In order to keep patients safe during this time, your dentist is taking many new precautions with the health of both the staff and patients in mind. Here are just a handful of new safety protocols now being implemented at the office:
Advanced Safety Training
All team members have completed additional awareness and prevention programs to ensure that they are ready and able to treat patients in a safe environment.
Daily Health Checks of Staff
When the team comes into the office each day, they are asked a set of questions a given a no-contact temperature check. This helps to make sure that no staff members are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms.
Sequenced Patient Scheduling
Appointments are being spaced out further than usual in order to prevent unnecessary contact between patients and allow for extra cleaning time.
Patients are asked to complete a health questionnaire, consent form, and no-touch temperature check when arriving at the office. If your temperature is too high, your team will be happy to reschedule your appointment for a later time when you’re feeling better.
Additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
In addition to surgical masks and disposable gloves, which are worn on a regular basis, the clinical team will be wearing N95 and ASTM Level 3 masks, face shields, and other protective clothing while treating patients. When your dental team is protected, so are you.
As always, your dental team is doing everything they possibly can to provide oral care in an environment that keeps you and your family safe from illnesses. This way, you can continue to get the treatment you need rest assured that you are protected.
About the Author
Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh is a family dentist who has been serving patients in Carrollton, TX for nearly two decades! He earned his doctorate from the Texas A&M College of Dentistry and continues to expand his knowledge through continuing education. He is an active member of the American Dental Association which led him to be nominated as one of “America’s Best Dentists” in both 2015 and 2016. Dr. Azmoodeh and his team are taking 19 additional steps to keep his practice safe. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (972) 820-7294.