CoVid-19 Safe Protocol
Offering Reassurance to Our PWDA Family
Port Warwick Dental Arts is fully committed to keeping you informed and up-to-date regarding your safe care in our practice as the COVID-19 situation evolves. We recognize the uncertainty this global health issue is creating and the decisions we are making heavily rely on the guidance received from the CDC, the Virginia Department of Health, the American Dental Association and our own sense of communal responsibility.
Although it has not been mandated, PWDA has chosen to cancel all patient appointments until further notice. However, we will be available to you for dental emergencies where pain and swelling are present. You may also contact us by phone or text should you have any concerns regarding your dental care. Please carefully read the information below.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have specific recommendations for dental office infection control. Since 1982, our practice has consistently practiced under the strict guidelines of “Universal Precautions” – assuming every patient is infected with the most aggressive disease possible.
What is clear to us is that the definition of “Universal Precautions” is changing as I write.
Historically, it has played out like this: Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles, keyboard, mouse and countertops, have been meticulously cleaned and disinfected. Even pens, pencils or other such items are disinfected between patients. We routinely drape chairs and other surfaces with disposable plastic coverings, which are replaced after each patient. Non-disposable items such as dental instruments are always cleaned and sterilized between patients and undergo a strict protocol, in sync with the rigid principles of universal precautions.Disposable dental instruments and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as disposable gloves, masks, gowns, eye wear and face shields, as needed. Before seeing the next patient, everyone in the treatment team washes their hands thoroughly and puts on a new pair of gloves. If they plan to leave the treatment room for any reason, they remove their gloves and dispose of them within the room.
What’s different about the new Coronavirus?
Please know that the precautions our team already takes every day to prevent the spread of infection in our practice also help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, the unique characteristics of this particular virus have caused us to step up our game during these extremely challenging times, and to rethink our responsibility to our community at large.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, I will communicate with you over the phone to determine the nature of your emergency. If necessary, you will be referred to a local medical facility. If, however, your need for in-office treatment is required and my team and I are capable of treating your emergency, I will make arrangements to see you. PPE protocols for my Team and I will be followed at all times. You will be treated as though you are infected. You will be provided appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) immediately upon arrival and placed in an isolated treatment room at once. All PPE worn by employees and patients will be carefully bagged and discarded in the biohazards waste receptacle, not in regular waste bins.
If you are interested in additional information about our upgraded Universal Precautions protocol, please feel free to inquire.
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Safe Tips from Port Warwick Dental Arts
Besides practicing social isolation, here are a few things you can do on your own to help keep yourself and those around you healthy:
- First and foremost, boost your immune system with a variety of high level nutritional supplements so you are not susceptible to the virus. Make certain you are getting a good dose of Vitamin D3, (6,000-10,000 IU per day) Zinc and Selenium. (Please note: Zinc and Selenium can be toxic in too great a quantity. 2-3 Brazil nuts a day is an adequate amount for selenium.) Take Vitamin C 2000-3000 mg/day, or to gut tolerance, liposomal preferred. The master antioxidant Glutathione is important as well, and is well absorbed in a liposomal version, also. Beta Glucans are also a robust antiviral supplement. According to Chinese hospital staff, if you succumb to the virus, IV Vitamin C treatments of 50-200 mg/kg/day are recommended. (This would be 3,000-12,000 mg/day of IV Vitamin C for a 130 lb person.)
- Take plenty of probiotics and include a robust amount of Minerals in supplement form and in your diet. (Think lots of GREENS!)Drink plenty of clean water (Reverse Osmosis preferred). For any additional nutritional recommendations, please contact our office or your own health care practitioner.
- Ozone is extremely effective in killing virus, bacteria and fungi. It is available in many forms. In oil form, a light coating can be placed along the inner edge of your nostrils during the day. It is important, as with supplements, that a pure quality is used (such as that which we have in the office). Ozone gas can be professionally used in the prevention and in the care of those infected. IV ozone therapy, performed by someone skilled in this approach can be used to treat infected individuals. Options for ozone therapy can be reviewed with us and referrals made.
- By all means, enjoy nature. This virus doesn’t like sunshine and fresh air. Rest and relax.
- Spend time in a sauna (with temps as high as possible, up to 170 degrees) if you have one available to you. This helps to release toxins in the body and the high temperatures kill virus. This virus is very heat sensitive and also doesn’t do well in the sun.
- Wash your hands frequently, or if soap and water are not easily accessible, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes or nose to reduce the spread of germs. If you must touch, cover your finger or hand with a disposable tissue or cloth. This virus affects the lungs and finds its way there through the nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough with a fabric or sneeze into your elbow, but remember, your clothing can stay infected for several days. Infections like the coronavirus spread through the droplets in coughs and sneezes and reach up to a 6 ft in diameter from where they are expelled. Unlike many viruses, the COVID-19 doesn’t die within seconds or minutes after leaving the body, and it can live on a variety of surfaces for up to 8 days.
Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha
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