The coronavirus pandemic has hit the world hard and almost everyone on the planet is feeling the effect. It is upon every individual to do everything he or she can to prevent the spread of this and other viruses. Furthermore, other respiratory infections and germs exist that are equally destructive or even worse than the coronavirus. People and businesses need to take appropriate steps to prevent the spread.
Most germs move from one individual to another through infected surfaces and droplets from the throat, nose, or lungs. Therefore, curtailing the movement of these droplets is important. Health professionals refer to the steps people can take as “respiratory etiquette.”
Here are tips on how to stop the spread of germs and viruses and what our dental office is doing:
This essentially means that people should keep the germs they already have to themselves as they go for treatment.
One way of doing this is always covering the mouth and nose when coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Experts recommend using a tissue, which you should properly discard in the trash immediately.
Next, wash your hands thoroughly, for not less than 20 seconds with soap and warm water. This will eliminate the germs from spreading when you touch objects or surfaces with your hands. When you do not have access to soap and warm water, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
Wearing a face mask is very important when someone is going out in public. This will not only prevent him or her from spreading germs to others, but also prevent himself from infection from others. Go for a facemask that properly covers the nose and mouth.
When out in public, try not to touch your face with your hands since you could have touched some germs. Wash your hands thoroughly before you eat anything or before touching your face.
Maintain social distance whenever you are out in public. This means keeping six feet between you and anyone else out there. This will make it hard for any germs or viruses from getting to you. Clean and sanitize regularly touched surfaces before touching them. This will kill any germs or viruses before encountering them. Do not share items that can spread germs, including towels, toys, food, beverages, and the like.
In the office, structures are in place to make sure germs do not spread from one person to another. The use of the above methods of prevention and protection are highly encouraged, though measures in the office go further than that. Some of the additional safety measures in place in the dental office include the use of:
Medical Grade Air Purification filters. These filter 99.99 percent of viruses, bacteria, mold, and pollen from the air within the office. This means patients do not get infected from the air they breathe within the facility.
UV Light Water Purification. This water purification procedure eliminates 99.99 percent of contaminants found in the water. This prevents patients from coming across germs found in the water used during treatment.
UV Light Disinfection. This disinfection eliminates 100 percent of bacteria and viruses that can rest on equipment and surfaces. This ensures that the treatment rooms do not act as agents of germ and disease transfer.
Extraoral Vacuum System. This system is in place to capture all water spray that comes from the instruments used during treatment. It makes them safe for use on all patients by eliminating any germs or infections that can spread from one person to another.
At PGA Dentistry, we take good care of your dental health to give you the perfect smile. Furthermore, we take every precaution to make sure diseases do not spread from one person to another. For more information, please call us at (561) 220-0700 or visit our offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.