Is it safe to seek orthodontic care during COVID?
As soon as our profession began to understand what we were up against during the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020, our office began updating our procedures to ensure the maximum precautions for all of our patients and our staff. The featured mini-video in our header shows some of the practices we are taking to keep everyone healthy and safe.
We know these precautions work:
- 70% alcohol kills the virus on our skin and on surfaces.
- Washing our hands often with soap and water while rubbing vigorously for at least 20 seconds also kills the virus.
- Wearing a mask covering both our noses and mouths whenever we are within six feet of another is one of the best precautions.
Sanitizing Our Office
We incorporate industry recommended cleaning standards and wear clear full-face protective shields. In addition, we wear nose and mouth covering masks. We follow infection control recommendations for our profession made by three national organizations overseeing health standards:
- American Dental Association (ADA)
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Changes we ask of you:
Before each appointment, we ask our patients to reply to our Covid-19 Screening Questionnaire. If you have any reason to suspect exposure to- or a positive diagnosis of- COVID-19, we ask that you postpone your appointment for at least two weeks.
We ask you to brush your teeth and floss at home. During COVID, we can no longer provide tooth brushing areas in the office.
To see our full list of COVID preparation go to the For Your Appointment section of our COVID-19 page.