Have you been thinking about scheduling an appointment with your local dentist, but aren’t sure if it’s safe to go to the dentist right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic? While going to the dentist–as is the case when going to any public place–certainly does pose a potential health and safety risk, it’s still much safer to go to a healthcare facility than it is to go to other public places, such as grocery stores and restaurants. Here is some information on the types of safety measures and precautions dental clinics are taking, as well as some things you can do to ensure your own and others’ safety during this time: Dentists Near New Richmond Wisconsin
Safety Measures & Precautions
Since removing your mask is required during dental procedures, many people are worried about potentially contracting the COVID-19 virus during one of their visits to the dentist. However, dental clinics have been good about taking necessary precautions and measures in order to ensure the safety of both employees and patients. Some of the safety measures dental clinics have been taking include (but are not limited to):
- Wearing personal protective equipment
- Sanitizing all surfaces and tools, and using tool covers
- Getting rid of commonly touched objects
- Taking people’s temperatures before they enter
- Requiring patients to answer questions regarding their health and potential contact COVID-19 positive persons
- Enforcing social distancing rules
What You Can Do
While dental clinic employees do everything they can to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, there are also some things that you can do as well. Some things you can do to help keep yourself and others safe is:
- Don’t utilize non-essential dental services (i.e., teeth whitening, braces, etc.) right now in order to limit the number of times you go to the dentist and potentially expose yourself or others to the virus.
- Wear a mask on the way to your appointing and while you’re waiting for your appointment.
- Reschedule your appointment if you have a fever or other COVID-19 like symptoms, and get tested for the virus if you can or schedule your appointment for 2-3 weeks after you’ve shown symptoms.
- Fully disclose important COVID-related concerns and information to your dentist prior to your appointment.
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