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Do you have a dental appointment coming up? Are you frightened by what you have been hearing on the news concerning the coronavirus? Chances are if you have answered yes to both of these questions you may be very anxious for your upcoming dental visit.

At Georgetown Smile, we are continuously monitoring the developing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus and will provide more information in the event the CDC or other public health authorities issue-specific recommendations or restrictions that would impact or apply to Georgetown Smile patients.

10 Ways to Lessen the Chance of Coronavirus Spread at a Dental or Medical Appointment

1. If you are sick with a fever or persistent sneezing and coughing, it is a good idea to call your dentist and reschedule your visit.

2. If you have any emergent treatment needs, try to get these scheduled right away. If the virus does escalate it is possible that cities may be placed on quarantine preventing routine dental visits. Getting emergent dental treatment taken care of now can prevent dental emergencies when access to care is more limited.

3. On the day of your appointment, inform the front desk receptionists of any recent international travel when checking in.

4. Utilize a hands-free trash can for throwing away tissues and face masks that you have coughed or sneezed in.

5. Dental office staff will use high-level disinfections of countertops and other such surfaces before and after each patient enter the treatment room.

6. Hand washing of at least 20 seconds with soap and water should take place by both the patient and dentist before and after each appointment.

7. If a patient is identified as sick, they should be taken into a room separate from the general waiting room.

8. Doctors and patients should wear protective eyewear during treatment.

9. Doctors should wear masks and gloves during all points of patient contact.

10. For both patients and doctors, be sure to not touch your mouth or face with unwashed hands.

For the most updated information, please refer to these websites: CDC Prevention & Treatment The safety of our community and patients is our top priority. If you are having symptoms of illness, please stay at home until you are free from symptoms.  If you have any questions, please let us know.