While businesses are starting to reopen, you still need to follow social distancing guidelines when going outside. This means that at your next dental appointment, your dentist may not be able to greet you with the usual handshake or hug. It doesn’t mean they are unhappy to see you. They’re just doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by minimizing unnecessary contact. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t let them know how happy you are to see them. Keep reading to find out about some no touch greetings that you can use when going to see your dentist.
Why Avoiding Contact Is A Good Idea
Dentists are taking many steps to protect their patients from COVID-19. While the virus primarily spreads through the air in droplets from the mouth and nose, there is evidence to suggest that it can be transmitted through touch. The virus has been shown to live on surfaces for a long as three days. If someone accidentally touches a contaminated surface, it can move to their fingers and then to anything else they come in contact with.
Great Contactless Greetings
At your next visit, try using one of these ways to say hello.
- Finger Guns
- Peace Sign
- Sign Language
If none of these are quite your style, then try coming up with your own! Just make sure it doesn’t require you to make contact with anyone while doing it.
What Else Can You Do To Protect Yourself?
In addition to avoiding physical contact, you should take the following steps to protect yourself and the dental team at your next visit.
- Letting your dentist know if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 before or after your visit
- Wearing a face mask and washing your hands prior to your appointment
- Keeping at least six feet between yourself and the staff when possible
What Is Teledentistry?
Dentists are now providing some services online to prevent patients from making an extra trip outside their homes. This process is known as teledentistry, and it is perfect for cosmetic consultations as well as quick checkups with your dentist to determine if a toothache might be a sign of something worse.
When you request an appointment, your dentist will provide you with a link to join them in a video conference. Using a webcam on your computer or your cell phone, they’ll be able to inspect your mouth and provide you with a recommendation on whether or not you need to come into the office for care.
Don’t be afraid to let your dentist know how happy you are to see them. Whether your next appointment is online or in the office, the fun greetings in this article are great ways to show them that you are excited to receive their assistance.
About The Author
Dr. Megan Shelton and her team have always been dedicated to providing a safe and effective treatment experience. They have added 25 new policies to further protect patients from the coronavirus, including teledentistry appointments. If you’d like to schedule one, you can do so through her practice’s website or at 760-434-9800.