As a family dentist, Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD considers the health of her patients her top priority. Today, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring her patient’s good health also means taking extra precautions to guarantee everyone who visits the clinic doesn’t run the risk of getting infected.
It’s for this reason dental clinics such as Audubon Dental Center now require patients to undergo COVID-19 screening before entering the building and to wear masks at all times while inside said building except during actual treatment. These precautions are based on recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Below are the 3 major reasons why you should wear a mask inside a dental clinic.
1. It safeguards you from infection
Masks can effectively limit the spread of the virus—a fact that’s made all the more important considering recent findings.
According to the CDC, research has demonstrated that the coronavirus can be transmitted among individuals within proximity of one another when they interact. In other words, conversation, coughing, or sneezing can result in viral transmission.
Therefore, whether you’re a patient or part of the staff, wearing a mask in an enclosed space such as a dental clinic—where it may be more difficult to practice social distancing—greatly reduces the risk of catching the disease.
2. It protects others from infection
Research has demonstrated that the virus takes between two days and two weeks to produce noticeable symptoms in infected individuals. Some people never even exhibit symptoms. Those who don’t show symptoms of infection can be as contagious as those who do.
By wearing a mask, those who are unaware they have COVID-19 can prevent spreading the virus to others.
3. It’s better for your mental health
The very real threat of viral transmission has a lot of people fearing for their lives—a fear that causes no end of stress and anxiety. And as we all know, poor mental health often results in poor physical health.
But, as mentioned above, masks can minimize the spread of the virus to a significant degree. As such, wearing a mask allows you to enjoy the peace of mind that you are safe from COVID-19.
Are you in need of a family dentist? If you have any questions, please contact Audubon Dental Center of Clinton via our website or at (301) 856-1122. You can also browse our list of services to see how we can be of assistance to you.