Why Does Your Dentist Ask You to Rinse Prior to Your Appointment?
The main reason your dentist wants you to rinse before treating you is that mouthwash kills the vast majority of germs in your mouth. While most common household mouthwashes haven’t been tested against the specific germs that cause the coronavirus, they have proven to be quite effective against the germs that result in bad breath, plaque, and gum disease.
Another reason is to avoid contamination of dental aerosols. When certain dental instruments are used, it creates air particles made of saliva and other particles in your mouth, which include any germs you’re carrying in your mouth. These aerosols can float in the air for several minutes or even hours, possibly infecting the dental team or even subsequent patients. Rinsing with mouthwash will most likely kill these germs, preventing potentially serious infection.
How Else Is Your Dentist Keeping You Safe from COVID-19?
Asking you to rinse before your appointment is far from the only safety precaution your dentist is taking during these uncertain times. Here are some of the other measures your dentist is implementing in their practice to keep their patients infection-free:
- Performing daily health checks of each team member every morning
- Not offering physical office tours anymore
- Changing into and out of work clothes at the office instead of at home
- Having patients wait in their cars instead of the waiting room
- Pre-screening every patient’s health upon arrival
- Offering some consultations and follow-up appointments virtually
- Asking patients to sanitize their hands before their appointment begins
- Thoroughly cleaning the office between patients
- Deep cleaning the office every evening
- Wearing additional PPE like face shields and shoe coverings
- Using advanced chairside suction techniques to minimize aerosol contamination
- Installing hard plastic barriers strategically throughout the office to help block the movement of airborne particles
As you can see, there is a good reason why your dentist is asking you to rinse your mouth out prior to your appointment beginning. For more information on how your specific dentist is keeping their patients safe from COVID-19, visit their website or give them a call.
About the Author
Dr. Sara Saremi
is a dentist in Hurst, TX who earned her dental doctorate at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, graduating summa cum laude. She has also achieved certifications in Invisalign, nitrous oxide sedation, and soft tissue laser therapy. Her practice takes all of the safety precautions listed above and more to keep her patients safe from COVID-19. To learn more about these specific safety measures, visit Dr. Saremi’s website
or call (817) 268-1112