The best way to protect yourself from the coronavirus is to limit your exposure to it and wash your hands regularly. Hand hygiene has always been especially important in dentistry since a dentist’s hands come in close proximity to all their patients’ mouths. To keep themselves and their patients healthy when administering dental treatment in COVID-19, your dental team is adding even more precautions to their ambitious hand hygiene routines. Here’s how your North Central San Antonio dentist is keeping their hands clean and germ-free to keep you healthy during COVID-19.
According to mothers around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from germs. However, it can only keep you healthy when done properly. Your dental team thoroughly cleans their hands with soap and water for 20-30 seconds routinely throughout the day, including:
- Before and after treating each patient.
- Before putting on and directly after taking off gloves.
- Before leaving and directly after returning to the practice.
Similar to handwashing, disposable gloves are an excellent way to protect yourself from COVID-19 when used correctly. They act as a barrier between the wearer and infectious particles. However, gloves can spread these germs to anything the wearer touches with them, including countertops, sinks, doorknobs, light switches, and dental instruments. To prevent this, dentists wear a brand-new pair of gloves to treat each patient. Afterwards, these gloves are disposed of and the entire treatment room and all dental tools are sanitized. This helps prevent both the wearer and the patient from spreading germs to each other.
Personal Hygiene Standards
To ensure their hands are thoroughly cleaned during the COVID-19 pandemic, your dental team has raised their personal hygiene standards. Alongside regularly using clean disposable gloves and routinely washing their hands, they will also be expected to:
- Maintain short, clean fingernails.
- Not wear artificial nails.
- Remove any hand jewelry like rings, bracelets, and watches.
Now more than ever, excellent hand hygiene is a key dental safety protocol in North Central San Antonio dental practices. If you need to visit your dentist during COVID-19, you can feel confident that the health of your smile is in good, capable, and clean hands.
About the Practice
Legacy Dental SA has been providing friendly, comfortable, and customized dental care to North Central San Antonio, TX and the surrounding communities for 35 years now. Dr. Brian L. Eck and Dr. Reagan Smith have always been dedicated to the health and safety of their patients, staff, and community. To add peace-of-mind to the excellent dentistry they’re known for, they have added a variety of extra infection control and dental safety protocols to their already high sanitation standards. If you’d like to learn more about their commitment to safety, feel free to contact them via their website or at (210) 361-8905.