South Weymouth Dentist, Dr. Richard Wolfert, DMD Discusses Dental Safety During The Pandemic
By: PR Works
"Your oral health has a direct correlation to your overall health. For some people going months or even more than a year—depending on their last visit—can have detrimental implications on their overall health," said Dr. Wolfert. "We knew that people might be a little uneasy about coming back to the dentist after the initial lockdown so we went above and beyond the CDC guidelines to create a safe experience for patients.
Those precautions include:
- Calling upon arrival – Only one to two patients in the waiting room at a time. If there is somebody in the waiting room when you arrive, patients are asked to maintain social distancing. Whenever possible patients are to come alone to their appointment.
- Entering the office – Patients are provided hand sanitizer and asked to dawn gloves and a mask. The Toothboss takes the patient's temperature and has them fill out a brief questionnaire on their current health status and other things (e.g. have you been coughing; have you recently traveled).
- Sitting in the waiting room – Per CDC recommendations, magazines and reading material been removed from the waiting room to avoid the spread of germs.
- Povidone rinse – Patients are given an ounce of Povidone Iodine to rinse in their mouths for 15 seconds. If allergic to iodine, you will be offered a 3% hydrogen peroxide rinse. Both rinses kill the Covid virus and other bacteria in your mouth. This will provide an additional layer of protection for the dentist or hygienist should the patient unknowingly have COVID-19.
- Time to enter the operatory – As you sit in the chair, you will notice Dr. Wolfert and the hygienists are wearing gloves, masks and protective eyewear. When we suspect aerosol creation, we will wear a face shield. At times of increased risk, Dr. Wolfert and our hygienists are wearing two masks—an N95 mask with a type 3 mask on top. This is to extend the lifetime of the N95 masks, which are difficult to get during the crisis.
For patients who might still be ambivalent about returning, The Toothboss created an informational video detailing the new protocols and safety measures implemented. That can be found at https://www.toothboss.com/
To schedule an initial consultation, please call 781-335-0604. For more information, visit www.toothboss.com.