Patient Safety

coronavirus safetyWhile we have always practiced the highest standards of OSHA compliance, universal precautions, and sterilization, we’d like to inform you of some additional precautions we are taking in order to create a safe environment for patients and staff.

  • Detailed pre-screening of all patients for symptoms prior to arrival: If you are currently experiencing or have experienced in the last three weeks, signs of acute respiratory illness such as coughing, fever, and shortness of breath or if you have come in contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO THE OFFICE.
  • If possible, we do request that you wear a mask to your appointment
  • We will start with a decreased schedule to ease patient flow
  • We will request you to wait in your car upon arrival. Call us when you arrive and we will let you know if your treatment room is ready.
  • Family members/visitors will need to wait in the car during your appointments.
  • Increased levels of personal protective equipment for staff (PPE)
  • Increased levels of sanitation
  • Temperature monitoring of all staff and patients

Our office continues to monitor and adhere to all current CDC, IDA, and ADA recommendations.

We appreciate your flexibility and support and look forward to welcoming you to our office in the safest way possible!

Schedule an Appointment Today!

For questions or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call. We are looking forward to caring for you and your family!

Should I Maintain My Dental Appointments During the Pandemic?

With the current pandemic, there are many who are trying to keep from leaving the house as much as they can. They are avoiding any appointments which could be unnecessary.

But is it a good idea to put off visits to the dentist?

It turns out that the opposite may be true, according to a paper published recently in the British Dental Journal.

Dentists have known for a long while now about the way your oral health is connected to the overall condition of the rest of your body.

In Victoria Sampson’s paper, she examines the ways that bacteria found in the mouth may be tied to many of the COVID-19 virus’s more serious complications.

What serious complications are connected with COVID-19?

Dangerous complications of the virus include:

  • Blood clots
  • Septic shock
  • Sepsis 
  • ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome)
  • Pneumonia

These complications are actually more likely to cause death than COVID-19 itself. COVID-19 is a virus, but the majority of these complications are actually caused by a bacterial infection. Studies are finding that 80% of ICU patients are shown to have elevated levels of harmful bacteria, requiring treatment with antibiotics. These studies imply that bacteria are a major factor when it comes to the severity of COVID-19 infections.

In what ways are COVID-19 complications linked to the mouth?

The bacteria in our mouths are likely to find their way into the respiratory tract. A lot of the same varieties of bacteria found in periodontitis may cause or worsen problems like pneumonia or sepsis.

This is where the need for oral hygiene comes in. Good oral health can lessen the transfer of bad types of bacteria between the lungs and the mouth. There have been studies that have revealed that improved oral health may lower the possibility of ventilator-associated pneumonia in patients in the ICU, as well as help, prevent bacterial superinfection.

Don’t postpone going to the dentist!

While it may be a scary time to visit the dentist, this actually is the best time to ensure that you’re in the best oral health you can. A healthy mouth can reduce your chances of COVID-19 complications, and is good for the health of your body.

If you have a dental concern you want to have checked out, or you’re past due for a visit, get in touch with Plainfield Family Dentistry now to schedule an appointment with Dr. Williams.

What Can Be Done to Avoid SARS-CoV-2?

SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID-19, is a virus with no vaccine currently available. Avoiding being exposed to this virus is the best defense that’s available.

How does the virus spread from person to person?

COVID-19 transmission tends to happen person-to-person. This ordinarily occurs because of respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking in close contact (within six feet) of other people. These aerosolized particles can enter through the mouth, nose, or eyes, and may also be directly inhaled into the lungs.

It is important to know that people can still be contagious while not having any symptoms.

The novel coronavirus can also be transmitted by coming into contact with surfaces where respiratory droplets have landed and touching your face afterward.

How can I defend myself?

The recommended ways to prevent being exposed to the COVID-19 virus are as follows:

  • Be sure to maintain a distance of 6’ from other people when in public spaces.
  • You should wash your hands frequently, and be sure you are doing it the correct way.
  • Use hand sanitizer if you do not have access to soap. It should contain at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose without washing your hands beforehand.
  • Be sure to wear a mask or cloth face covering when out in public. (Cloth masks should be washed periodically.)
  • Make sure to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
  • Be sure to regularly disinfect and clean surfaces.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 can be mild or severe. Check your temperature should you believe you could have symptoms of COVID-19, as a fever is a primary symptom. COVID-19 symptoms are listed below:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches and/or muscle aches
  • Loss of your sense(s) of taste or smell
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose or congestion

 

Which people are most at risk?

Even though anyone can have severe complications because of infection from COVID-19, the ones who are in the most danger are people who are over sixty-five years old as well as individuals who have an underlying medical condition, like:

  • Chronic lung disease
  • A heart condition
  • Individuals who are immunocompromised
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Severe obesity

Should I get sick, what should I do?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a website with guidelines to follow and a self-checker for those who think they may have COVID-19.

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