Cold and Flu Season

December 05, 2012
Category: Preventative Care
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Cold and flu season is here again. We know that many of our patients may be concerned about catching one of these lovely viruses or one of the many other bugs going around. At esmiles, we take special precautions to prevent disease transmission all year long.

Each of our treatment rooms are cleaned and disinfected after every patient. Instruments are cleaned and sterilized after each patient. Our clinical staff members wear masks, gloves, and safety glasses (personal protection equipment) for protection. Clinical staff also wear gowns or clinic coats not only to protect themselves but also to keep the germs from following us home (or wherever we go after work) on our clothes.

In the reception area we also take extra precautions to prevent disease transmission. Pens, counters, door knobs and the bathroom are cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day. We also have hand sanitizer at the desk that you are free to use. Many of our staff protect themselves by keeping up to date on vaccinations, including the annual flu shot.

We occasionally have patients call and ask if they should still come to their appointment if they are sick. A good rule of thumb is if you are well enough to go to work or school and can comfortably lay back for your treatment or hygiene visit, then keep your appointment. If you are unable to go to work or school, have aches/chills, or fever, please stay home. While our clinical staff wear protective equipment, you will be sharing space with staff memebers and other patients who are not protected. We will kindly reschedule your appointment for a time when you should be feeling better.

If you have any questions regarding how we prevent disease transmission, please feel free to ask.