What is it like going to your Fort Lauderdale dentist during COVID-19? Is it safe?

While COVID has changed so much in our daily lives, visiting your dentist in Fort Lauderdale really has not changed that much. Because the dental field has always employed meticulous infection control measures, it was not much of an upheaval to adopt added COVID-19 measures. “Dentists have been very aware of cross-contamination and infection control,” says Leonardo Marchini, DDS, an associate professor at The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics. “Dental care has not been a hotspot for COVID-19 at all."  Dr. Michele Neuburger, Dental Officer for the Center of Disease Control and COVID-19 Response Team, stated “There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 transmitted in a dental office so far. And that includes follow-up by the CDC of false news reports suggesting such infections.” 

What changes will you see?

  1. Health check prior to appointment. When we call to remind you of your appointment, we will ask questions about your current health and possible exposure to COVID.
  2. Patient separation. When you arrive for your dental appointment at Excellence in Dentistry, we will ask you to call from you car before coming in to ensure safe spacing between patients. When your room is ready, we will ask you to come in.
  3. Temperature checks. Your temperature is taken upon arrival. 
  4. Oral rinse. You will be asked to use an oral rinse prior to being seated in your dental chair.
  5. Masks. All patients are required to wear a mask when entering and leaving the office. Masks are removed while in the dental chair. 
  6. Sanitizers. Hand sanitizers and hand washing are encouraged. All writing implements are sanitized after each use. 
  7. Additional PPE. You will notice that our staff has more personal protective equipment including additional disposable gowns, face shields and masks. With the additional layers, our staff may have the thermostat turned a little lower and you may want to bring a light extra layer yourself!

Is it safe? Should I get my dental cleaning and exam?

Yes, because we have always made infection control a top priority, you are safe during your dental visit.  Our staff has always thoroughly cleaned and sanitized each room after each patient.  See what Good Morning America's Dr. Jennifer Ashton says about visiting the dentist during COVID (answer is at 1:40). "The American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control have said dental care IS considered essential healthcare. Dentists have been taking extreme precautions way before coronavirus pandemic.  You should NOT delay dental care...."

Cleanings actually help bolster your immune system. Not only is it safe to go to the dentist, but it's actually critical to your immune system, says Dr. Gerry Curatola, a dental surgeon with Rejuvenation Dentistry in New York. "The most important defense against COVID-19 is your immune system, and studies have shown that an unhealthy mouth seriously compromises it, actually putting you more at risk."

Remember, regular dental exam and cleanings by your Fort Lauderdale dentist are an essential part of your overall heath. Be sure to call our office at 954-928-1666 to schedule your dental check up today. We are conveniently located at 2480 E. Commercial Boulevard. The doctors and staff at Excellence in Dentistry will make sure your visit is safe for everyone involved.  Dr. Nancy Rotroff and Dr. Gerard Wasselle are here for all of your dental needs.


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