Daily life for everyone around the world has changed dramatically in a short space of time. As things begin to normalise it is important that we reflect and try to adapt to ensure that we take control and change the things we know will keep us safe. Things like washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and avoiding unnecessary travel or contact with others.
Your oral health continues to be important and although we should be more cautious going forward, we should not let recent events cause us to neglect this.
At Clent Dental Care the most important thing is patient safety and comfort, and that is why we have introduced the following measures to keep people safe while at the practice.
We will be booking your appointments to ensure that the Practice and waiting areas are not overcrowded. We will do this by leaving suitable gaps between appointments, making sure that you can attend the practice while maintaining a suitable distance from one another in accordance with government guidelines.
We will also be creating clinics for patients who are most vulnerable, to help minimize contact with others for this group whilst they are at the practice.
To further avoid overcrowding when you arrive at the practice, we ask that you wait in your car or in a safe place outside of the practice until called in. The receptionist will notify you via your phone when you should enter the practice. If this is not possible there will be socially distanced seats designated in the waiting room.
You will be asked to fill in all relevant forms on your mobile phone or computer at home before you enter the practice. This means that you will not have to touch a pen, paper, or any electronic device other than your own when you attend your appointment. This crucial step greatly reduces touch points at the practice. If this is not possible for you the receptionist will have an alternative method for you when you come to the practice.
We will be taking temperatures before you enter the practice, and we will be verbally screening with COVID19 questions before making appointments.
Reception has been fitted with protective screens for both you and our teams protection.
The practice has tirelessly worked to ensure we have all the correct PPE in place for our team members, so we may look slightly weirder than usual! This ensures you are safe and secure in our clinical standards when you visit.
You will be asked to use an antiviral mouthwash before all appointments.
The payment devices and any other contact points will be disinfected between ALL patients.
Between all appointments the dental team will thoroughly disinfect the dental surgery, reducing the risk of patient exposure to anything harmful while they are in the chair.
And finally, as you leave the practice, we will ask that you pay by card, preferably contactless.If you have any further questions about these measures, or anything else prior to your appointment, please contact us.
We hope you are well and keeping safe in these unprecedented times.
Here at Clent Dental Care, we would like to provide you with some general oral health advice to help keep your teeth, gums and oral health in top condition:
• Brush your teeth twice a day with Fluoride toothpaste for at least 2 minutes at a time, to keep your teeth and mouth healthy.
• Floss or use interdental brushes every day to remove food, debris and plaque that may have become lodged between your teeth.
• Try to avoid sugary foods and drinks as much as possible. Try some healthier alternatives when snacking.
• Drink more water. This can help wash out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and beverages in between brushes.
For dental emergencies please contact the Practice, where we can advise you on the best course of action.