As concerns for the coronavirus grows, we want
you to know that we are taking this matter seriously. We abide by all CDC (Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention) and ADA (American Dental Association) guidelines for
sterilization. Patient operatories (rooms) will continue to be disinfected
between every patient as we have always done.
In addition, we are disinfecting the patient lobby and restrooms at least
every 2 hrs. High patient contact
surfaces like pens, stylus, iPads and remotes controls will be disinfect after
each use. To combat misinformation, below
are basic recommendations from the CDC.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from
Between people who are in close contact with one
another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected
person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land
in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the
Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical
conditions like heart or lung
disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious
complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care
provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
your hands often with soap
and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public
place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use
a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of
your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
your mouth and nose with a tissue when
you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
used tissues in the trash.
your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and
water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that
contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
you are sick: You should wear a
facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and
before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a
facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do
your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you
should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
you are NOT sick: You
do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick
(and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply
and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops,
handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants
appropriate for the surface.
your household bleach.
To make a bleach solution, mix:
5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of
4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to
ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach
with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be
effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
solutions. Ensure solution has at
least 70% alcohol.
common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
Products with EPA-approved emerging
viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective
against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the
manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g.,
concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).