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Posted on March 11, 2020
It seems like all anyone can talk about at this point. Whether you believe this whole thing is being overblown or you’re stockpiling hand sanitizer, COVID-19, also called the coronavirus, is on everyone’s mind. Sporting events are being cancelled, people are backing out of their vacation plans, and organizers even pulled the plug on South by Southwest in Austin. So, it begs the question: is it still safe to stick to our normal routines like getting a dental cleaning? In short, the answer (for now) is yes!
Here at Lake Baldwin Dental, we always follow universal precautions for every patient, every day, no exceptions. A quick outline of our cleaning procedures runs as follows:
Some patients accuse us of being a little germaphobic in this office. And honestly, we’re okay with that! We even wipe down the containers where our disinfectant wipes are stored. Call us paranoid, but we don’t want to risk picking up any germs either, and protecting our patients by keeping all surfaces as sterile as possible is our number one goal. This is just how we practice, all day, every day.
While many Americans appear to just now be learning proper handwashing technique, we are just glad that the rest of the world is finally catching up! Twenty to thirty seconds of continuous scrubbing with hot water and strong soap is just how we roll. We may not be able to maintain a manicure for more than a day and our skin is usually drier than the Serengeti, but it’s worth it. We use personal protective equipment and masks that adhere to the ASTM safety standards.
Dr. Dunn’s philosophy has always been to ask sick employees to stay home. Even when it is not flu season and there is no global outbreak going on, our team members will always do our best to take on a little extra work so that sickies can stay home. It may not be true altruism (“I don’t want that! You stay away from here!”), but at the end of the day we fully accept that we are responsible for eliminating any potential exposure to illness for our patients. It is a responsibility we take very seriously.
Likewise, we are currently following all recommendations from the CDC for self-quarantine for employees who are travelling abroad. We have had to make adjustments to our plans already, but it’s worth it to keep our team and our patients safe.
While we always do everything we can to mitigate contagion risks in our office, there is one factor we cannot fully control: you. Like we discussed in this previous post, we know how much you hate to cancel an appointment. However, we ask that you please follow the guidelines we have received for when to stay home:
Please do follow the recommendations for frequent hand washing, social distancing, and good hygiene for containing your coughs and sneezes to do your part in limiting the spread of not only COVID-19, but also just…. You know… all the other things that are flying around out there. It’s just good general habits.
We are here, running a clean and safe practice for you and we can comfortably reassure you that it is definitely still safe to get your teeth cleaned and come in for your scheduled dental work. However, if you are concerned or have any questions, please do call our office! Keep smiling and keep washing your hands, Orlando!
950 Lake Baldwin Lane
Orlando, FL 32814
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