Throughout this whole pandemic so far, you’ve been taking social distancing very seriously. You’re wearing a mask at all times when you go out and you’ve been staying home whenever possible. One day you’re watching a movie when you accidentally bite down too hard on a popcorn kernel and chip your tooth. As pain rockets through your mouth, you think to yourself, “Should I call my dentist? Is it safe?” Rest assured that your dentist follows strict safety measures during COVID-19. Here are a few of them.
Standard Safety Precautions
Even when there isn’t a pandemic happening, dental offices take strict safety precautions to ensure a clean and healthy environment for all their patients. Here are some of the measures they implement:
- Tool sterilization. Every instrument that your dentist or hygienist uses is thoroughly disinfected between each patient. Know that any tool used to treat you will be as germ-free as possible.
- Use of PPE. PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment, generally refers to the masks and gloves that your dental team will wear while treating you. This equipment protects against germs that could be transmitted from hand-to-mouth contact.
- Hand washing. Immediately before and after treating each patient, your dentist and their team will wash their hands. Along with wearing gloves, this will prevent the spread of all kinds of germs, including the coronavirus.
Extra Precautions Due to COVID-19
Many people are understandably concerned about their safety during this pandemic. Many dentists, while only seeing patients with emergencies, still strive to create as healthy an environment as they can for their patients. They do so by adhering to the following protocols:
- Checking each patient’s temperature before they enter the office
- Checking the temperature of each staff member daily
- Asking patients questions about their recent health
- Having patients wait in their cars instead of the waiting room until their appointment
- Scheduling carefully so that not too many people are in the office at the same time
Even during a pandemic of global proportions, your dentist’s office is still among the safest places you could possibly be, thanks to these special safety measures during COVID-19. By practicing standard as well as coronavirus-specific health and safety measures, you can rest easy knowing that you are in good hands. If a dental emergency, like a chipped tooth, does strike, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call your dentist in Texas City.
About the Author
Dr. John Hackbarth achieved his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1976 from the University of Texas Dental School at Houston. Since then, he has trained alongside surgeons to hone his own surgical techniques, and has undergone advanced training in treating occlusal (bite) problems. His practice is open to treating dental emergencies, so if you suspect you may have one, you can reach Dr. H at (409) 935-2111.