Standard Practice

Author: Dr. Alison Vitelli, DMD

My topic for this month was going to be a different one however, I feel it is our responsibility as your dental health care provider to reassure our commitment to your care during this time. I do not want to sound repetitive among all the overwhelming information and concern going around with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), so my interest is to tell you about the safety protocols that we practice daily at Spring Lake Dental Group.

It is a great relief to know that at Spring Lake Dental Group we have always practiced universal safety precautions, hand-washing, and confidentiality as our standard way of keeping our patients safe. From the clinical care side, some of these precautions include washing our hands in between each patient, every time we reenter the operatory; wearing our personal protective equipment (PPE), which include eye protection, gloves, mask (which never leaves the patient’s room and is discarded when treatment is over). Also, our scrubs or treatment jackets are washed in the clinic, following all the standard recommendations from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Each operatory is disinfected between each patient using medical grade disinfecting agents and the use of physical barriers on contact surfaces.  As you may have been aware, the recent research recommendation to control or prevent the spread of the COVID-19 are included in our standard safety protocols.

Additionally, it is kindly advised that if you are experiencing respiratory distress symptoms, fever or malaise, you should stay home, rest and recover.  Steps as simple as staying hydrated, eating well, getting a full nights rest and keeping stress at a minimum are so important to help your immune system work properly and fight undesired microorganisms.  Spring Lake Dental Group looks after your health and we are understanding of the difficult situation our nation and our world is going through. Please keep us informed, stay healthy and safe.

Attached are online references in case you would like to look more into safety guidelines and the epidemiology of the COVID-19.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.osha.gov/

https://ada.org/virus