How Are Dentists Keeping Their Offices Safe From Coronavirus?

Wondering how we’re keeping you and your little ones safe at We Care Dental Care when you come in for routine dental care in Roanoke, VA? In this article, we’ll be looking at a few of the OSHA and CDC guidelines that are recommended for all dentists, and how Dr. Benjamin Burkitt has implemented these steps to keep you and your children safe during their appointments. 

Patient & Employee Health Checks

The CDC has recommended that dentists adopt patient screenings and checks to ensure that they have not been in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals, and are not exhibiting any signs of the illness, such as a fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath. 

These screenings also involve questions about recent travel, ensuring that dentists like Dr. Burkitt can reschedule treatment for patients who may have recently been exposed to COVID-19.

At our office, we are also doing regular employee health checks to ensure that our staff members are healthy and free of any infectious illness that could be spread throughout our office.

Social Distancing

The CDC has recognized social distancing as one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19, and has recommended taking steps such as reconfiguring waiting rooms and removing toys, magazines, and other objects from the area.

At We Care Dental Care, we’ve adopted all of these guidelines. We also have made some changes in how we schedule patients to limit patient-to-patient interaction, and to ensure that we minimize the number of people in our office at any given time.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

The new CDC guidelines for dentists require the use of masks, face shields, protective glasses, gloves, and gowns during dental treatment. Our dental staff are wearing all required PPE to ensure that we minimize the risk of infectious disease transmission.

In addition, our front office staff are also wearing masks to help reduce the risk of spreading infectious pathogens. We ask that, if possible, you and your family do the same during your appointment to protect the health and safety of everyone in our office.

Infection Control & Handwashing

Frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of any infectious virus, including COVID-19, influenza, and more. We are following all CDC, OSHA, and ADA best practices for hand washing, including hand washing before and after treating patients, before and after putting on gloves, and after touching any potentially-contaminated tool, piece of equipment, or surface. 

Sanitizing Operatories & Common Areas

We are taking additional precautions to sanitize all surfaces in our operatories after seeing each patient, ensuring that each patient we see at We Care Dental Care will get treatment in a sanitized and clean environment.

Beyond this, we are following CDC guidelines for disinfecting common areas and surfaces like chairs, tables, counters, bathrooms, and door knobs. Our staff members take your safety seriously, and are doing their best to provide you and your little ones with a safe visit to We Care Dental Care.

Come To Our Office To Get The Care Your Little Ones Need! 

If you need preventive care from a kid-focused dentist in Roanoke, Dr. Benjamin Burkitt is here to help. At We Care Dental Care, we’re following all CDC guidelines to ensure that your family has a safe visit. To learn more about our safety precautions or schedule an appointment for your child, just contact us online or give us a call at 540-427-7274.

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