A Message to Our Patients
As we all continue to get back to our routines, our office is checking in as your trusted partner in dental care and oral health.
If you have questions or concerns related to your oral health, dental care needs or upcoming dental appointments, we are here to answer your questions.
Your safety and well-being are our top priority. Our office has always used the highest level of precautions to prevent the spread of infections, and we are continuing to engage in additional precautions to protect our patients and our team from the spread of COVID-19.
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked the same questions again when you arrive at the office.
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys, and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- Appointment times will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. Curbside check-in is required.
- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
- Temperature checks will be conducted for all patients and staff members.
- Hepa Filters installed in clinical areas.
We are here to work with you to take care of your oral health, while always keeping your safety and comfort level top of mind. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 407-932-5001 or visit our website at www.affinitydental.net.
Thank you for making us your trusted partner in dental care.
Affinity Dental Group Team
UPDATE – REALLY GOOD NEWS!
CHICAGO, August 10, 2020 — A new interim policy from the American Dental Association (ADA) states dentistry is an “essential health care service,” reaffirming that oral health has long been recognized as an integral part of overall health.
“Whether it’s the current pandemic, a future epidemic or a natural disaster in a particular area, this policy recognizes the need for people to be able to continue to access the full range of dental services,” said ADA President Chad P. Gehani, D.D.S. “Oral health is integral to overall health — staying well depends on having access to health care, which includes dental treatment.”
Dr. Gehani added that regular dental visits are important because treatment, as well as prevention of dental disease, helps keep people healthy. “Beyond teeth and gums, the mouth also serves as a window to the rest of the body and can show signs of infection, nutritional deficiencies, and systemic diseases,” he said.
The policy includes the following:
Oral health is an integral component of systemic health.
Dentistry is an essential health care service because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing, or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.
The term “Essential Dental Care” be defined as any care that prevents and eliminates infection, preserves the structure and function of teeth as well as orofacial hard and soft tissues. Orofacial generally refers to the mouth, jaws, and face.
Essential dental care should continue to be delivered during global pandemics or other disaster situations.
Government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have acknowledged dentistry as an essential service needed to maintain the health of Americans so they can sustain their health and livelihoods and live resiliently during the COVID-19 pandemic response.
For more information and to read the full policy, visit ADA.org.
For more information about oral health, visit the ADA’s website for consumers, MouthHealthy.org.