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Infection Control in the Dentist’s Office

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Infection control procedures are the actions taken in health care settings in order to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has certain guidelines for infection control in dental offices. Here at Endodontic Specialists of Colorado, we want you to know that we care about your health and safety, and we work hard to prevent the spread of disease.

Before you even enter our treatment room, all surfaces, including the dental chair, dental light, countertops, and drawer handles, have been disinfected. Non-disposable items, such as dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable needles and dental tools are never reused.

COVID-19

On March 16, 2020, the ADA issued the following guidance to dentists regarding the COVID-19 pandemic:

The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances dentists and all health care professionals face related to growing concern about COVID-19. The ADA is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of the public and the dental team.

In order for dentistry to do its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the ADA recommends dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.

As health care professionals, it is up to dentists to make well-informed decisions about their patients and practices. The ADA is committed to provide the latest information to the profession in a useful and timely manner.

The ADA is continually evaluating and will update its recommendation on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available. Please visit ADA.org/virus for the latest information.

Here at Endodontic Specialists, we want our patients to know that we are committed to your health and safety. To learn more about root canal therapy, please contact Endodontic Specialists at one of our two locations in Colorado Springs, and Pueblo, Colorado.

Posted on May 11, 2020
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