Infection control in the dental office, similar to doctor's offices and hospitals, is used 24/7 to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, including seasonal flu and the common cold.
Routine infection control procedures in the office include (the list can go on forever, so I will pick a few):
Double-wiping of procedure rooms after every patient to ensure that any bacteria present is killed.
Using an instrument washing-machine that thoroughly cleans and dries instruments before they go into the sterilizer.
Sterilizing all applicable instruments and storing them appropriately to ensure extended sterility.
Things we are improving due to COVID-19:
We have removed all reading material from our waiting room to decrease patient-to-patient contact.
Disinfection of our front-end office (debit machines, phones, door handles, etc.) every day.
Increasing availability of hand sanitizer to all patients & staff.
Advising any patients with recent travel history and/or symptoms to reschedule.
Above all else, we are closely following the situation and following the instructions given by our provincial college, as well as the provincial and national governments. We will do our best to keep you informed as we find out more about this situation.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the dental office and ensuing situation please feel free to call our office. Your health and safety are our top priority.