Newton Street Dental has had thorough training in disease prevention, transmission and infection control and are required to update this training every two years. Our standard protocol has always been to sterilize all instruments and disinfect all treatment rooms between patient appointments. We are routinely washing hands, donning new gloves and cleaning all surfaces patients come in contact with, including countertops and door handles, with our antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal wipes.
We use universal precautions with all patients that include masks, gloves, clinical attire and protective eyewear. Our staff at Newton Street Dental is diligent in recognizing signs of respiratory illness in themselves and will not come into the office if they have symptoms of acute respiratory illness until they are fever- and symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
We receive daily e-mails from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that provide us with important and up-to-date information on the status of the virus across the United States. In addition, we monitor the American Dental Association , Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Dental Association websites.
The CDC guidelines note that, in cases when a patient presents with symptoms of a respiratory infection, dental health care personnel may consider postponing non-emergency or elective dental procedures until a patient is no longer contagious with diseases that may be transmitted through airborne, droplet, or contact transmission (e.g., sneezing, coughing, and contact with skin). If urgent dental treatment is necessary, we will work together with medical providers to determine the need to be treated and the appropriate precautions on a case-by-case basis to avoid the potential spread of diseases among patients, visitors, and staff.
Has anyone in your family visited any countries outside of the United States or been on a cruise in the past 30 days?
Does anyone have any of the following symptoms “fever, cough or shortness of breath”?
Have any of you been around someone with known or suspected corona virus?
If you answered yes to any one of these questions and have an upcoming appointment we ask you to please contact us so we can reschedule your visit to another date.
Should our office be instructed to close for a period of time, we will notify you by your preferred method of contact. You can also check for announcements on our Newton Street Dental Facebook page.