Dear Valued Patients,
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
We want to let you know that we are continuing to take great precautions during the COVID-19 crisis. It is important to us that our staff and our patients stay healthy and comfortable during this time. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
All patients must wear a mask and will be screened when visiting our office. We have advised all patients not to visit our office if they have COVID-19/flu like symptoms. This is being done as an effort to ensure the health and safety of the public.
Each clinical staff member is required, as always, to wash their hands with antibacterial soap and water after each patient and every time they use the restroom.
Our common areas are being cleaned regularly with antibacterial cleaning supplies.
Our office has always had a very stringent policy for sterilization and infection control protocols. All of our staff members are well-trained in executing these protocols for the highest standard of patient care and safety, and have received additional training during this extraordinary time. Our patient safety is most important to us.
We have advised our staff to stay home if they develop COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms to minimize the potential that our staff or patients get sick. As a result, we may experience staffing shortages and you may have a longer wait time at our office than usual. We ask for your understanding as we navigate any disruptions, always keeping patient safety at the forefront of our efforts.
We encourage all of our patients to continue to receive preventative care as well as care for any active infection. This includes treatment for gum disease, cavities, infected teeth that need root canals and wisdom teeth that are starting to hurt. As active infection reduces a person’s immunity, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact us anytime. We will be happy to help you in every way that we can.
Rita Harding, DDS, FAGD
Tanner Moir, DDS