May 4, 2020
Businesses around the country have closed their doors and many Americans have stayed home to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As the country reopens, you’re able to see your dentist in Ft. Collins again for routine and elective services, but is it safe? Here are 4 types of personal protective equipment (PPE) your dental team will use to prevent your exposure to coronavirus.
Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment is worn to minimize exposure to hazards in professions that are exposed to certain threats or dangers. This includes healthcare providers, like those in the dental industry. PPE not only protects staff from potential pathogens, but it also prevents the dental team from transmitting the virus to patients. As your dentist reopens their doors, they will have the latest safety measures in place for dental offices, which will include 4 key types of personal protection:
Gloves are a protective barrier for the skin to prevent contact with bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Your dental team will use clean gloves for each patient. They will also be changed regularly if they become torn or heavily contaminated. The gloves will also be disposed of properly to reduce contamination in the office. Although it’s important for your dental office to wear gloves, patients should leave theirs outside of the office to prevent introducing pathogens into the facility.
- Face Masks
Your dental team will utilize N95 & ASTM Level 3 Masks. Our front desk will also use face masks. Every dental professional will ensure their mask is worn correctly by securing it to the crown of the head and the base of the neck or hooked appropriately around the ears.
- Face Shields
In some cases, face shields may also be worn, such as during certain procedures and treatments. Rest assured, the face shield will be clean and disinfected to create a safe barrier between the dentist and the patient.
- Disposable Protective Coats, Hats, and Shoe Coverings
Research has shown dangerous pathogens can linger on clothing, which is why disposable protective coats, hats, shoe coverings, and other protective clothing is used. They will be disposed of properly in a dedicated container to prevent contamination in the office. The clothing will be discarded after each use, as well as when it is heavily soiled or contaminated.
Choose the Highest Standard for Safety
As dental offices reopen, the health and safety of patients and staff are a top priority. Rest assured, your dentist will meet or exceed the current recommendations by the ADA, CDC, and OSHA to combat the spread of coronavirus.
About Dr. Shiloh Lindsey
Dr. Shiloh Lindsey provides complete family and cosmetic services to the community. She has committed herself to lifelong learning to provide a higher standard of care. She remains current with the latest guidelines regarding COVID-19. She has implemented several additional steps to create a safe, clean environment for her patients. If you need an appointment, there’s no need to worry. Contact our office today.
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