Your dental team’s personal hygiene is already an essential aspect of patient safety; however, clean hands are more important than ever amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Your dentist in Lutz has revamped their safety protocols to help stop the transmission of the virus. They’ve made several changes in the office to reduce cross-contamination, but proper handwashing remains the single most effective step their taking to prevent the spread of germs. Here’s how your dentist is keeping their hands clean to keep you healthy.
Hand Hygiene Protects Patients
Washing your hands might seem self-explanatory; however, simple mistakes can allow harmful pathogens to linger, which can lead to cross-contamination. Your dentist and their staff have completed additional training in awareness and prevention to combat COVID-19, including handwashing and sanitizing. They are taking the time to thoroughly wash their hands to keep you healthy by following 3 effective tips to help stop the spread of coronavirus:
- Washing for 20 Seconds: Your dentist will wash their hands for at least 20 seconds using clean running water and an antibacterial soap to remove as many germs as possible. If you hear them singing, “Happy Birthday” they aren’t celebrating. Instead, they are making sure they are washing for the correct length of time.
- Slowing Down: Although the dental office can be a busy place, your dentist is slowing down and taking the time to clean all surfaces of their hands, including between the fingers and underneath the nails.
- Completely Drying the Hands: Harmful bacteria love damp places to grow, which is why your dentist will ensure their hands are thoroughly clean using a disposable paper towel or hand dryer to reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses to patients.
Besides washing their hands often, you’ll also notice other changes when visiting your dentist, like keeping their fingernails short. Underneath the nails is ideal of trapping bacteria and germs. Keeping the nails short will help prevent any harmful pathogens from lingering on their hands.
Added Layer of Protection
Besides washing their hands and using an alcohol-based sanitizer, your dentist is taking an additional step to keep you safe by wearing gloves. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found gloves can reduce hand contamination by 70-80%. Your dental team will use a new pair of gloves with each patient, and anytime they’ve been damaged or compromised.
You can feel confident knowing your dentist is the cleaned place you will visit all day using the latest dental safety protocols in Lutz. You can maintain a healthy smile without worrying about your exposure to coronavirus.
About Dr. Jay A. Nelson
Dr. Jay A. Nelson has provided comprehensive dental to the community since 1987. In addition to being an active member of various dental organizations, like the American Dental Association, he also regularly continues his training to remain well-versed in the latest treatments and techniques, including those relating to COVID-19. If you have any questions about our safety protocols, or you need to schedule an appointment, contact our office today to speak with a member of our team.