To Our Current or New Patients:
As growing concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads, we want to help put your mind at ease as you continue to care for your smile at Gardens Dental Care. The Center for Disease Control has already recognized dental practices for doing a very good job of protecting patients via state-of-the-art infection control practices. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) includes masks, gloves and protective eyewear as well as lab jackets. You’ll note that our dental team all wear long sleeves to best protect us and our patients (not seen at most practices). Our use of disinfectants, up-to-date sterilization practices, dedicated hand washing and one-time-use disposable materials have also helped facilitate safe dental visits for our patients.
In addition, we added the REME HALO® to our air-conditioning system air ducts years ago. This system is the next generation of indoor air quality (IAQ) technology. The REME HALO™ sends out ionized hydro-peroxides into our office space, attacking microbes like bacteria, viruses, and mold spores, and destroys impurities like VOCs (chemical odors), chemicals, and odors in every cubic foot of air in the building at the same time. The following is a breakdown of the effectiveness of the REME HALO and its many uses: 99% of bacteria, mold and viruses are killed. Sneeze germs are killed within 3 ft of their source. The technology was effective against the SARS virus in China.
What’s best practices for you?
- Hand-washing is your best self-defense against the spread of germs. As a backup, use antibacterial hand sanitizer.
- We are asking all patients who are feeling symptoms, are concerned they have the virus or may have been exposed to someone who has or may have the virus, to please contact us to reschedule when you are feeling better or it has been two weeks from exposure.
- Help us by being vigilant. If you have traveled to any of the countries where there are outbreaks of the virus, please follow guidelines set forth on the CDC website.
We will continue to monitor developments released by the Centers for Disease Control regarding COVID-19. We are following their guidance along with public health officials and will update you as new information becomes available.
In the meantime, continue to brush and floss daily and keep your dental appointments so that you can be as healthy as possible. Good oral health has a huge impact on your overall well being.
Dr. David W. Yates