Safe oral hygiene appointments and aerosols explained

30th November 2020 | Posted by: SpaDental Administrator

Adaptations for oral hygiene safety this year include increased infection control and prevention. It means that even your regular dental hygiene appointment is not quite the same as it used to be. As we adjust to new ways of working, we thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Please continue to read our advice and guidelines from Sophie Kent, dental hygienist at SpaDental Tewkesbury. She explains the current safety measures for hygiene appointments, and what patients can expect when they attend the practice.

Dental hygienist Sophie Kent graduated from the University of Bristol as a dental hygienist. She enjoys helping her patients achieve their optimum oral health by establishing regular care routines.

Recognising how new procedures for controlling the spread of coronavirus affect oral care, Sophie explains why hygiene interventions are possible using either hand tools or PPE. After all, patient well-being is always top priority.

Arriving at the practice

We kindly ask patients to:

Please note: If we cannot assess your Covid-19 status prior to your appointment, we may have to reschedule or even turn you away from the practice.

Oral hygiene appointments and your safety

Non-aerosol oral hygiene treatments

For the time being, all routine scaling is done manually with hand tools, without the use of any air or water which creates an ‘aerosol’. During the treatment your hygienist will carefully remove plaque to protect against tooth decay and gum disease.

AGP oral hygiene treatments

Your dentist or hygienist may deem it necessary to plan and carry out your treatment as an aerosol procedure. If so, they will discuss this with you during your assessment.

Both patient and staff safety is important during all AGPs, therefore:

Cosmetic polishing

Unfortunately, until further notice, we cannot offer cosmetic polishing during routine hygiene appointments. Polishing generates aerosol splatter and is therefore a risk factor for spreading Covid-19. Dental teams may only use polishing tools during an aerosol procedure, wearing enhanced PPE.

Regular hygiene appointments benefit your oral health

Even with the current restrictions to the treatments we can safely offer, we still strongly encourage patients to attend the practice for oral hygiene care. Although good routines at home support your oral health, a professional clean, even if it is without the polish, is beneficial.

Additional safety restrictions for a safe oral hygiene appointment

Before you attend your appointment, if you need clarification or help, please get in touch with us.

As our phone lines and reception staff are busier than before screening patients, you may find it quicker and easier to use our online contact form.

Patients also ask:

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