Due to COVID-19, dental practices across the country have expanded their precautionary and safety measures in an effort to control the spread of the virus. A simple, yet often overlooked healthy protocol like thorough and frequent hand-washing, is one of the greatest defenses against all types of illnesses, including COVID-19. Read on to learn how your dentist in Manahawkin is helping keep patients safe by implementing these five strict handwashing rules throughout your appointment.
Washing For At Least 20 Seconds
According to the CDC and various other health organizations around the world, washing your hands with antimicrobial soap for at least 20 seconds is proven to reduce the amount of germs on your hands. The dental staff treating you won’t cut corners and will wash for the entire 20 seconds to ensure your safety before handling instruments near your mouth, nose, and eyes.
Thoroughly Washing Each Crevice and Crease of Their Hand
Sometimes, washing for 20 seconds isn’t enough, especially if you don’t carefully scrub every crevice and crack of each of your hands, including under your nails, to make sure that no germs linger. The dental staff at your practice will be using warm water and being as thorough as possible.
Completely Drying Their Hands
Several studies debate between whether drying your hands with a paper towel or a hand dryer is better at avoiding the spread of germs and illness. Some of those studies show that using a disposable paper towel to completely dry them is the best way. Because microorganisms and germs thrive in moist areas, a thorough dry will help reduce the spread to patients.
Avoid Wearing Any Jewelry or Fake Nails
Along with handwashing, your dental team won’t be wearing any jewelry, fake nails, or anything that may cling onto bacteria or droplets that could result in the spread of any illness. This also makes it easier to thoroughly wash their hands.
Washing Frequently Throughout Your Treatment
All healthcare facilities, including your dental practice, are increasing their hand washing practices to make sure that they don’t spread or transfer germs to or from patients. They will wash during these times:
- Before patient contact
- After touching the patient’s body or skin
- Before putting on gloves
- After removing gloves
- After treating patients
- Each time they leave the treatment room
Hand washing is only one of the dozens of safety precautions put in place by dentists to make sure that patient health and safety remains a priority. If you have any questions or concerns about your dental office’s practices, don’t hesitate to reach out so you can get the peace of mind you need to keep up with your dental health.
About the Author
Dr. Robert Young is a highly skilled dentist who has been practicing for several years. He strives to stay up-to-date with the latest news and advancements in the dental world and regularly advances his education to provide his patients with high-quality care. He has been named a top dentist by Consumers Report for the last 10 years and is currently accepting all new and existing patients for comprehensive treatment. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit Young Dentistry’s website or call 609-597-1830.