Pandemic or not, Smiles Dental is committed to your safety. As your trusted health professionals, everything we do is centered on what’s in your best interest. That’s why we’ve always made it a point to maintain high safety standards at each of our dental locations. That being said, we understand that given our current times, people have become increasingly concerned about what safety and hygiene protocols are in place at the establishments they normally visit. We’re happy to tell you more about our safety measures to make our efforts transparent and to ease any worries you might have.
Since dental care involves direct contact with fluids like saliva and sometimes blood, it’s necessary to practice infection control so that disease doesn’t spread. At Smiles Dental, we do this through strict sterilization measures and cross-contamination processes. That means that we use heat and special machines to sufficiently sterilize our dental instruments, and we properly dispose of anything that’s meant to be single use. For example, our team members utilize protective gear, such as gloves which we throw away after each patient. On top of that, we sterilize surfaces like dental chairs and countertops with disinfectant.
Recommendations by Leading Organizations
We don’t simply decide what we think is an adequate amount of disinfection or sterilization. Smiles Dental follows the guidelines in place by major organizations. These include the American Dental Association (ADA), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). By following their recommendations, if not exceeding them, we can confidently ensure our patients’ safety.
Continuing Education & Training
Aside from the processes in place at our practice, we also take another approach to patient safety by pursuing continuing education and additional training courses. The more informed and better trained our team is, the better they can serve you. By routinely participating in this coursework, we can make sure we’re up-to-date on the latest techniques and technologies. We strive to offer the safest, highest standard of care possible.
Safe Dentistry at Smiles Dental
If you have any questions about how we make Smiles Dental a clean, safe place for you and your family, please feel free to reach out to us. The teams at our various locations around the Pacific Northwest are always happy to give you additional information.