Continued Dental Appointments

Author: Dr. Rima Solanki, DMD

This month, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated coronavirus guidelines and recommended that, “all non-urgent dental visits to be postponed until after the pandemic to reduce the spread.” After these guidelines were released, the American Dental Association (ADA) issued a statement responding to WHO, stating, “It respectfully, yet strongly disagrees.” (Link to the statement) At Spring Lake Dental Group, we agree with ADA statement and advised our patients to continue with their future dental appointments. Systemic health starts with oral health and that is the reason, routine dental check ups are extremely essential to maintain health. In addition, there is no scientific evidence supporting WHO guidelines. All safety measures are being taken at our office including patient and employee screenings, practicing great hand hygiene, wearing proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), changing our gowns between patients and proper disinfecting techniques. Furthermore, each operatory in our office is occupied with a UV air filtration system that has ability to filter air to 0.3 microns and it helps reduce aerosols in our office. Hypochlorus acid fogging is also being performed between each patient in  each operatory and at half hour interval at the reception area, hallway and lunch room. The mechanism of disinfection for hypochlorus acid is to destroy the cell wall of microbes or virus and inactivating them. Hypochlorus acid fogging has become the disinfectant of choice at our office. We ask all our patients to continue to keep your dental appointments as we are practicing highest level of safety measures. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call us or talk to us during your next dental appointment.