GREATER WASHINGTON DENTISTRY’S SAFETY PRACTICES ON THE COVID-19
As our patients, your safety and well-being are our highest priorities. To prevent the spread of any disease, including Covid-19, our offices have and continue to follow strict guidelines regarding infection control practices. These standardized measures are implemented at our offices by wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment, following proper hand hygiene, using hospital-grade surface disinfectants, and appropriately sterilizing instruments and equipment. Please call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our dedication to your health and safety.
Extra Precautions We Are Taking During the Pandemic:
- Reviewing and updating the patient’s medical history to include any travel to Corona-hot spot areas
- Monitoring the patient’s temperature and screening for any signs of fever, cough, or shortness of breath
- Offering masks to patients or parents who have a cough or any other respiratory symptoms
- Using the appropriate PPE for doctors and staff
- Handwashing with soap and water or using hand sanitizers
- Frequently cleaning and disinfecting reception areas, chairs, door handles, countertops, etc.
- Following the social distancing guidelines by arriving on time for your appointment to avoid waiting in the reception area
- Our waiting rooms are for patients only and will obey social distancing. Seating space is limited and will be separate.
Basic Protective measures against the new corona virus
Wash Your Hands Frequently
Clean your hands thoroughly with an alcohol-based rub or wash them with soap and water to kill viruses that may be on your hand.
Practice Social Distancing
Always keep at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets that may contain the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
When your hands touch many surfaces, it could pick up the virus. Once they have been contaminated, your hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose, or mouth. And from there, the virus can enter your body and potentially make you sick.
Always Practice Respiratory Hygiene
You, and the people around you, must always follow proper respiratory hygiene. This means you must cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you sneeze or cough. Then, dispose of the used tissue immediately and properly.
Should You Have a Fever, Cough, and Difficulty Breathing, Seek Medical Care Early
You should stay at home if you feel sick. If you have a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, get medical attention, and call in advance. You should always follow the protocol of your local health authority.
For more information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit CDC or World Health Organization websites.
If you have an upcoming appointment, please call our office to discuss your health status, the dental treatment you require, and whether or not visiting our office will be safe for you. In an effort to prevent the spread of disease, currently, we do not perform elective services. However, as always, we are here to address your emergency dental needs at any time.