May 18, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone’s top priority is staying healthy. Dental offices are increasing their already high standards of sanitation and disinfection to ensure that patients are receiving the dental care they need in a safe and clean environment. In addition to advanced COVID-19 safety measures and cleaning protocols, your dental team is taking steps to safeguard your health by enhancing their work wardrobe with protective gear. Here are four pieces of personal protective equipment your Plano dentist is using to keep themselves and their patients safe while providing exceptional dental care.
Since dental work involves close proximity between a dentist’s hands and their patient’s mouth, gloves have always been an essential part of keeping everyone involved healthy. Before your dentist enters their patient’s room or care area, they wash their hands and put on a brand-new pair of gloves. To prevent the spread of germs, your dentist removes and disposes these gloves after leaving the room, then washes their hands again.
There are many different types of masks used in healthcare settings. Your dentist will be using one called an N95 respirator, which protects them from airborne and fluid germs. It also serves to protect the patient from particles from their dentist. Since N95 respirators are in short supply, your dental team may instead be wearing an N95 surgical mask along with a face shield.
A face shield is a clear plastic visor that covers a majority of the wearers face. These are an effective second layer of defense against infected droplets if your dentist is wearing an N95 surgical mask. Additionally, they provide protection for their eyes, which can also absorb the coronavirus. Your dentist will likely put on their face shield before entering the patient room, then take it off for disposal or disinfection once they’ve left the room.
On some occasions, yet another layer of protection is needed: clean, disposable coats. This extra barrier between patient and dental professional is used to prevent the spread of germs. The coat will typically be donned before your dentist enters the area and taken off and discarded before they leave. While this precautionary step helps stop the movement of the coronavirus in many types of situations, they are especially useful during aerosol-generating procedures and treatments that produce splashes or sprays.
Dental practices have always been some of the cleanest, most germ-free environments in the country. If you need to visit your dentist for urgent dental care during the COVID-19 quarantine, you can rest assured that your dentist is doing everything they can to keep you and your smile healthy and safe.
About the Author
At Dental Renaissance, the health of our patients, staff, and the community of Plano, TX has always been our top priority. Dr. Kari Blankenship and Dr. Bhavita Patel are continuing to follow the latest safety recommendations for a clean and germ-free dental practice as set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In these strange and unusual times, they have gone above and beyond to keep their patients and staff safe by adding 21 additional steps to their already rigorous sanitation standards. If you’d like to learn more about how they’re working to keep you healthy during COVID-19, feel free to contact them via their website or (972) 423-0880.
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