For dentists and medical professionals, health and hygiene have always been critically important.
Now they’re more important than ever. And in the wake of COVID-19, as doctors and dentists reopen their clinics, sanitizing is key.
Sanitizing Common Surfaces
Routine cleaning and sanitizing are crucial—especially when patients are coming and going throughout the day.
Cleaning with soap and water will decrease how much of the virus (and other bacteria) is on surfaces and objects. While this can help to reduce COVID-19 exposure, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends taking things a step further.
This is where sanitizing surfaces using EPA-approved disinfectants against the coronavirus may come in. Even the front desk and waiting areas should be disinfected after every appointment.
Embracing a Digital Shift
To further reduce the risk of being exposed to COVID-19, doctors and dentists have been relying on technology. This often includes asking patients to:
- Fill out relevant paperwork in advance online.
- Email copies of their insurance card to reduce physical contact.
For an added layer of protection, many practices are minimizing touch-points in this way—for instance, by removing beverage stations.
Prioritizing Hand Hygiene
Dentists and medical professionals have always used gloves and washed their hands between patients.
Today practitioners can go the extra mile and, after washing their hands for 20 seconds, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer as well.
Patients should be encouraged to do the same thing. As a dentist or healthcare professional, you should keep ample stock on hand to serve your patients and clinic staff.
Be sure to encourage patients to use hand sanitizer when they enter or exit the clinic—and each time they move to a different room. Before your community knows it, sanitizing the hands using an FDA-approved, germ-killing product will become second nature.
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