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How to take care of patients oral health in times of COVID 19

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Like other areas of health, Dentistry has had to follow the same measures for the care of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic that afflicts the world, especially due to the potential risk represented by dealing directly with the mouth and its fluids.

“The fear of people who need dental treatments has increased, but at the Dental Integral clinic of La Marina Casa de Campo what we recommend is to give the patients the security that all the necessary measures and hygiene protocols are being exercised. , disinfection and disposable materials to guarantee that this care will bring the necessary protection measures to both the patient and us to protect ourselves,” says Dr. Francis Silvestre, a specialist in Oral Implantology and Oral Surgery, President of the Integral Dental group.

One of the recommendations that stand out in dental care in this health emergency is to prioritize only emergency cases. For example, at our Dental Integral branch in La Marina Casa De Campo, we try to delay visits and elective procedures in order to protect staff and our
patients.

The practice of the dentist involves the use of the dental rotator and surgical masks are of great help to protect mucous membranes of the mouth and nose from these particles, but now this protection is not complete. Among the recommendations to follow for a safe consultation, both for the patient and for the dentist, we want to highlight the following recommendations:

Before admitting the patient:

  1. Hand asepsis, either with antibacterial gel, alcohol or soapy water.
  2. Wear clothing that protects from blood, saliva, and other potentially dangerous fluids. The use of disposable anti-fluid protective suits and surgical pajamas has now been implemented.
  3. A surgical mask.
  4. A face shield on top helps to reinforce safety, as do protective glasses.
  5. Sterile gloves. Before placing them it is important to do the hand cleaning again.

During the consultation:

  1. Give the patient a mouthwash to eliminate bacteria before starting, they can be chlorhexidine or hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Working with a rubber dam, which is placed inside the mouth to expose only the tooth to work, can be of great help in procedures that cause a lot of spray.
  3. A high power suction will prevent so much spray from being generated and catching it sooner
  4. Put on the patient a sterile gown, a hat, disposable shoe covers, and protective glasses.

After caring for the patient:

  1. Take off the gloves.
  2. Disinfect protective clothing between patient and patient. If it is no longer going to be used, it must be discarded or washed.
  3. Wash your hands.
  4. When removing protective lenses, it is important to do so by holding the strips, without touching the front part, and then disinfect them.
  5. The surgical mask should be removed by the bras, avoiding contact with the front.
    One last hand wash.

Something important is that the patient attends the consultation unaccompanied unless their a child and needs their parents in addition to wearing mouth covers and cleaning hands. “We have always done many of these things as part of our protocol, only now we are increasing it with more levels of demands,” concludes Dr. Silvestre of Dental Integral.

* Information and photos courtesy of Dental Integral

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