Posted on May 11, 2020
Infection control procedures are actions that have been taken in health care settings in order to prevent spreading disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has certain recommendations for infection control in dental offices. Here at Firestone Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we want you to know that we care about your child’s safety, and we work hard to prevent the spread of disease.
Before your child enters our exam rooms, all surfaces, including the dental chair, dental light, countertops, and drawer handles, have been disinfected. Non-disposable items, such as dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable needles and dental tools are never reused. Additionally, dental infection control precautions require all of our staff who are involved in caring for your child to wear masks, gloves, and eyewear when necessary.
On March 16, 2020, the ADA issued the following guidance to dentists regarding the COVID-19 pandemic:
The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances dentists and all health care professionals face related to growing concern about COVID-19. The ADA is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of the public and the dental team.
In order for dentistry to do its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the ADA recommends dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.
As health care professionals, it is up to dentists to make well-informed decisions about their patients and practices. The ADA is committed to provide the latest information to the profession in a useful and timely manner.
The ADA is continually evaluating and will update its recommendation on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available. Please visit ADA.org/virus for the latest information.
Here at Firestone Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we want the parents of all of our patients to know that we are committed to the health and safety of your children. For dental hygiene support or if you have a concern about your child’s dental health, please contact our Firestone, Colorado pediatric dental office to set up a virtual appointment.