Dentistry and Covid-19

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Dentists throughout Australia continue to operate as standard providing all treatments that each clinic may provide.

The only circumstances where this may change is upon recommendation by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) or Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). This may occur when an epidemiological infection rate within the local community is deemed high, which can result in the ADA imposing either Level 2 or Level 3 temporary regulations upon all dental clinics. Level increases upon the industry in a local area may restrict the types of treatments that dentists may provide.

Dental professionals have taken the pandemic extremely serious. Dentists have a history of understanding Infection Prevention & Control Procedures from tertiary education through to professional health and safety policies. Masks, Gloves and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are common practice.

What dentists do for infection control?

For decades, Dentists throughout Australia and world-wide have stringent safety policies and disinfectant practices. Medical research and studies have found that dental health is vital not only for the longevity of natural teeth but also neglecting teeth and gum health can eventually lead to other ailments, which include heart disease, inflammation, lung infection, aspiration, further damage to mouth and teeth.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, international studies and results have shown that it has been safe to go to the dentist. In the United States, a study by the American Dental Association has reported less than 2.6% of dentists have been found to be covid-19 positive (as of November 2020). This is less than other health professions.

Dentist Dr Mila and Dental Assistant Tarly
Dentist Dr Mila and Dental Assistant Tarly of Amazing Smiles Gold Coast

Is it safe to visit the dentist during the pandemic?

Australian dental professionals and clinics have some of the highest standards of infection control standards in the world. Patient and staff safety is paramount in the systematic operations of a dental clinic. Whilst during periods of lockdown or increases in Covid cases in the community, dentists may take additional methods of precaution and patient screening or triaging for extra safety. In doing so, such measures help to mitigate bacterial transmissions.

What should I do when visiting a dental clinic?

As a team, Amazing Smiles are here to help mitigate any spread of Covid or Viral infection throughout the local community. For patients that are apprehensive for visiting a dentist due to the Covid, we’re more than happy to accommodate your needs.

If personally preferred, patients may wait in the car rather than in the waiting room. All of our clinics have sufficient private car spaces, centre or public street parking available. Patients are able to phone upon arrival and may enter directly into the dental chair upon appointment when advised. Otherwise if wearing masks have not been made mandatory indoors, we can provide patients and guardians a mask upon entry to our clinics for their appointment. Please phone clinic upon arrival or inform clinic specifically prior for such requests.

What if I have covid-19 and may need dental?

If you require urgent dental care and either have covid-19 or are in between getting your results for covid-19, it is vital to call your nearest dental clinic to discuss your situation. You will often be referred to your local hospital with the appropriate facilities in place to accommodate covid patients.

Dentists response to Covid-19

Throughout our clinics, our commitment to smiles remains the same. We’re dedicated in delivering exceptional, patient first dental treatments. In accordance and regulations set forth by Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) our staff members have been vaccinated.

Operating under comprehensive, clinical health guidelines, our dentists aim to operate beyond the dental chair to provide safety for all patients and staff.

Amazing Smiles dental clinics always maintain high level of infection control and stringent cleaning for optimum hygiene to help ensure safety not only within our clinic, but throughout our community.

Your oral health health and well being is a our highest priority. Amazing Smiles are the Smile Care people.

Dr Maggie - Dentist Gold Coast
Dr Maggie – Dentist Gold Coast

Helping to Prevent the Spread & Keeping You Safe

  • Patients will be triaged and screened prior to appointment. These include questions relating to travel, ill symptoms, or close contact to a positive Covid case or zoned area.
  • Patient waiting area and rooms are regularly wiped down and sanitized.
  • Hand sanitiser provided to all patients upon entry and available after treatment.
  • If masks are required indoors due to government announcement, masks will be provided to all patients and guardian upon entry.
  • Toys and reading materials have been removed from waiting area.
  • If stricter social distancing applies, waiting in the car or outside somewhere safe until your dental chair room is an available option. One of our team will advise you for when you may enter the clinic. Please contact our clinic upon arrival to let us know.
  • Cash transactions are still ok. Our reception staff regularly sanitize and wash their hands.

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