Clarifying "Mask Confusion"
Illinois Gov J.B. Pritzker announced that the state's mask mandate is changing following the new guidance for fully vaccinated people from the U.S Centers for Disease control and Prevention. Although the mask requirement is off Premises such as Public transportation, in congregate facilities and the health care including dental offices will remain mandatory.
“Yes, It’s Safe To Go To The Dentist,” Insider States
Insider (9/18, Michelson) said, “Yes, it’s safe to go to the dentist.” The article explained that “there has been no evidence of coronavirus transmission in dental offices since many reopened in May,” and dental offices have safety precautions in place to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. “Our first job is to be sure that our patients are safe,” ADA President Chad P. Gehani told Insider. “If we did not think that the patients were safe, we simply would not go to the office at all. We would not have even done the emergency care in the months of March, April, and May.”
To access the ADA’s Return to Work Interim Guidance toolkit, which recommends measures to take to help protect patients, staff and dentists from COVID-19 as dental practices re-engage in providing the full range of oral health care, visit
For years, dental offices have taken steps to protect patients and dental health care team members against disease transmission during treatment. You may see some of these measures in the waiting area and the clinic, but many take place behind the scenes.
In the Waiting Area
Your dental office wants to keep you and other patients safe from the minute you walk in the door. Coughing and sneezing can spread germs. For that reason, you should cover your mouth and nose whenever you cough or sneeze.
Clean hands are also important. Often there is hand sanitizer in the waiting room. To clean your hands with a sanitizer, rub a small amount of it all over the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.
In the Clinic
You may have heard about personal protective equipment (commonly referred to as PPE), which consists of different equipment that dental care providers wear to protect them from germs spread through blood, saliva, or airborne particles. Examples of this equipment includes gloves, jackets, gowns, safety glasses, and face masks that cover the nose and mouth. For some treatments. Most of these items are disposable used for only 1 patient and thrown away after use. Those that are not disposable must be cleaned with disinfectant between patients.
Other surfaces in the treatment area, like chairs, countertops, blood pressure cuffs, and light handles, must also be disinfected between patients.
Behind the Scenes
Rest assured, any instruments used during your treatment must be clean. Some, like the tube used to suck saliva from your mouth, are disposable.
Instruments that are not disposable must be handled carefully after every patient. After your treatment, these instruments must be taken to a special area to be washed, sorted into sets for the next use, and put in a special oven called an autoclave to expose them to high heat designed to kill germs.
Even the quality of the water used during your dental treatment must be monitored. Water from the dental unit must be the same quality as drinking water.
To achieve this, a dental office may use water from a source other than the public water system or may treat the water system. Regardless of where the water comes from, your dental office must check the quality regularly.
Dentists work hard to keep patients safe during their visits. These are only some of the step’s dentists take to reduce the risk of infection.
These are normal procedures on a dentist office for patients and staff safety. With the COVID-19. At AllDental we are implementing additional safety protocols, and reinforcing our practice and policies.
Air purification after hours.
Cleaning the reception, patient’s restroom, door handles, and halls areas more frequent.
Screening for COVID-19, prior, during, and after each visit.
And all CDC and OHSA recommendations.
If you have questions about infection control, ask the dental team members at AllDental.