The Coronavirus, now named COVID-19, is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 90 locations internationally, including in the United States. As a result, the American Dental Association (ADA) has issued guidelines to help dental professionals further prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Guidelines

  1. The CDC reaffirms that single-use disposable face masks should be used once and then discarded.
  2. Wear a surgical mask and eye protection with solid side shields or a face shield to protect mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth during procedures likely to generate splashing or spattering of blood or other body fluids.
  3. Change masks between patients, or during patient treatment if the mask becomes wet.
  4. If a patient presents with symptoms of a respiratory infection, dental professionals may consider postponing non-emergency or elective dental procedures until a patient is no longer contagious with diseases that may be transmitted through airborne, droplet, or contact transmission (e.g., sneezing, coughing, and contact with skin).
  5. Dental healthcare personnel assessing a patient with influenza-like or other respiratory illness should wear disposable surgical facemask, non-sterile gloves, gown, and eye protection (e.g., goggles) to prevent exposure.
  6. Routine cleaning and disinfection strategies used during influenza seasons can be applied to the environmental management for COVID-19. 
  7. Patient and dental healthcare workers should perform hand hygiene (e.g., hand washing with non-antimicrobial soap and water, alcohol-based hand rub, or antiseptic handwash) after possible contact with respiratory secretions and contaminated objects/materials.
  8. Routine cleaning and disinfection strategies used during influenza seasons can be applied to the environmental management for COVID-19.

Many of the guidelines reiterate best practices most dental professionals have already incorporated into their daily routines. However during these tenuous times, it is good to review and reiterate to all employees on the necessary steps to ensure a clean and safe working environment.

Here at Primo Dental Products, we are ready to help customers, old and new, with the necessary dental equipment to keep your workplace safe and sanitized.  

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