If your child needs dental care in Jupiter, you may be worried about their safety, and whether or not they can see the dentist during the COVID-19 outbreak. At The Little Royals: Dentistry for Kids, Dr. Sal, and Dr. Yasi are taking every possible precaution to make our office a safe, comfortable place for your child to get the dental care they need. Here are a few of the ways we’re prioritizing safety at our office.
We ask that you bring only one child for an appointment at a time, if possible, to help reduce the number of people in our office. In addition, we have removed all toys, pamphlets, magazines and other items from our waiting area, and have reconfigured it to allow patients to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from each other while waiting for their appointments.
We have always followed all mandated hand sanitation precautions, such as hand washing before and after treating a patient, before and after removing gloves, and after touching any equipment or surface that may be contaminated. However, we have redoubled our efforts to maintain proper hand hygiene, as the CDC has emphasized its importance in minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
All of our staff members will be wearing masks, and we ask that patients wear masks until their appointment begins, if possible. Our dental team will be wearing PPE like masks, eyewear, gloves, and face shields. To reduce the risk of spreading infectious pathogens, all used PPE is left behind in the operatory where it was used for proper disinfection or disposal.
COVID-19 primarily spreads through saliva droplets, so we are following all recommendations for cough and respiratory etiquette. This includes sneezing and coughing into the elbow, properly disposing of used tissues, and sanitizing the hands as well as any surfaces that may have been exposed to respiratory secretions.
We follow all OSHA, CDC, and ADA guidelines for cleaning and sterilizing reusable dental equipment between uses, and using monitoring tools to ensure that the equipment has been cleaned properly. We maintain complete sterilization records that meet all local and state regulations.
We have begun wiping down all hard surfaces of our operatories between patients after each appointment in order to sterilize them and minimize the risk of cross-contamination between patients. Additionally, we are cleaning and disinfecting all commonly-touched surfaces (door handles, counters, bathrooms, tables, chairs, etc.) with EPA-registered disinfectant products to further minimize the spread of any infectious pathogens.
At The Little Royals: Dentistry for Kids, we’re taking every possible precaution to keep you and your children safe while they get the dental care they need. So don’t wait. If your child needs preventive care in Jupiter or you have questions about an upcoming appointment, just contact us online or give us a call at (561) 510-1450. Our team is always here to help.