It’s no surprise the CDC lists thorough and frequent handwashing as one of the top preventive measures to take during the COVID-19 crisis, right next to wearing a mask in public. Dental practices across the country are implementing some of the strictest hand hygiene protocols in order to ensure the safety and health of their patients and staff. Read on to learn more about how effective handwashing is during these uncertain times.
5-Step Thorough Handwashing
Many healthcare practices are following a detailed 5-step handwashing guideline to minimize the chances of germ or virus transfer. The model looks like this:
- Wet both of your hands by running them under clean water.
- Apply a generous amount of antimicrobial soap onto the inside and back of your hands and lather. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Your fingertips are especially important since people often use them to touch their face.
- Gently scrub your hands by moving your fingertips around both hands.
- Rinse your hands under running water to gently wash away any soap.
- Completely dry your hands with a paper towel. Using reusable cloths can spread bacteria back onto your clean hands or leave damp areas that can accumulate germs and bacteria.
Why is Washing Your Hands So Important?
COVID-19 is spread via droplet exposure to your mucous membrane, which happens when you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. That means that if you touch an infected surface or some into contact with somebody’s saliva or blood that has COVID-19, and touch your face, you can spread the virus to your body. That’s why frequent and regular handwashing is so vital. It ensures that even if you come into contact with the virus, your hands will be clean and it will minimize the risk of spreading it to yourself.
When Does Your Dentist Wash Their Hands?
Dentists have some of the most thorough hand hygiene practices because they come into contact with patients’ mouths daily. In order to prevent the spread of any illness, they are washing their hands before they put on gloves, after each time they leave the treatment room, after they take off their gloves, and they aren’t wearing any jewelry, fake nails, or anything that could trap germs that could easily be spread to patients.
With these advanced dental safety measures in place, practices across the country are doing everything within their power to continue providing high-quality dental care while also continuing to prioritize patient and staff wellness. The best way to learn more about your dentist’s unique safety protocols is to visit their website or contact their office. Their team will be more than happy to discuss the measures they’re taking in order to keep you and your loved ones safe.
About the Author
Dr. Kelly Blair is a passionate and highly experienced dentist who always puts her patients’ health first. She continually takes continuing education courses to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in her field and offer the highest quality of dental care. She strives to give her patients the tools and knowledge they need to optimize their oral health and preserve their natural smiles for their lifetime. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit Dr. Kelly Blair Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry’s website or call 817-737-5155.