A Message from Dr. Durden and Dr. Whitworth
We are closely following the Coronavirus and COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are fully committed to the safety and wellness of our Patients and Team.
As always, we will continue to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and infection control and work hard to prevent the spread of disease and infection. We adhere to the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dental Association and other professional regulatory agencies. These precautions also prevent the spread of COVID-19.
A few of the infection control measures that are part of our regular patient care routine include:
- Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. We cover our dental chairs and equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.
- Non-disposable items like dental instruments are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also require all dental team members involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and put on a new pair of gloves.
- In addition, our reception area, restrooms and business offices are cleaned thoroughly each day. We disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, countertops, phones, pens and light switches.
If you are healthy, there’s no need to cancel your regularly scheduled dental appointment.
- If you are ill with flu-like symptoms, you should reschedule your appointment.
- If you or someone you are in close contact with recently traveled to one of the countries with large outbreaks of COVID-19 (China, Italy, Iran, South Korea) or if you have been exposed to someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or who was quarantined as a precaution, you should reschedule your appointment.
Here are things you can do to help keep yourself and those around you healthy:
- Wash your hands frequently or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes or nose to reduce the spread of germs.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow. Infections like the coronavirus spread through the tiny droplets in coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home if you feel sick. If you have flu-like symptoms or otherwise feel unwell, stay home and rest. This will reduce the risk of spreading your illness.
Thank You for your trust and confidence in our Team.
Visit the CDC’s website for the latest information on COVID-19. www.cdc.gov