Dear Patient Families,
As a periodic update, I wanted to let you know about new issues with the practice of dentistry in Larimer County. As of yesterday, Larimer County entered back into a high-risk Covid-19 surveillance category based on a combination of new Covid-19 infections and hospital bed availability. This is obviously not good news headed into the cold season. With the high-risk label, offices including dentistry have additional requirements that we are tracking and following. Big Grins is now scheduling fewer patients in order to do enhanced cleaning, using approved masks and shields, and changing garments between operative patients, as many as ten times a day!
But, we have good news! A study published by The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) this month found that fewer than one percent of U.S. dentists were found to be COVID-19 positive.
In March, The New York Times reported that dentists were thought to be at high risk for contracting COVID-19, due to close proximity to patients and potential exposure to viral particles during aerosol-generating procedures. But the new article from JADA indicates that enhanced safety protocols—as recommended by the ADA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—are helping to keep patients, dentists and the dental team safe. Going to the dentist remains an essential part of prevention for your child.
Big Grins has seen over 3000 patients since starting back in May without incident. Let’s hope that continues, but we are learning a lot in how to keep kids safe and still do good, hopefully fun, dentistry. As always thank you for taking an active role in our Covid-19 protocols and your own family’s health. Let’s keep raising healthy and happy kids, and don’t forget our candy buy back the first week of November.