keeping you safe

August 4th, 2020

Stay Safe When the Temperature Rises

This news is brought to you courtesy of The American Red Cross.

A blanket of heat is covering most of the country which bring temperatures to the upper 90's and 100 degrees to millions. Follow these steps to stay safe when temperatures escalate!

  1. Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle - even for a minute. The inside of the car can quickly reach above 120 degrees.
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  3. Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  4. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun's rays.
  5. Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  6. Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  7. Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks.
  8. Check on animals frequently, and make sure they have plenty of shade and cool water.

What are the signs of HEAT EXHAUSTION?

  • cool, moist, pale or flushed skin
  • heavy sweating
  • headache
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • weakness; or exhaustion

What to do if you see someone experiencing these symptoms:

  • move them to a cooler place
  • remove or loosen tight clothing
  • spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths to the skin
  • if the person is conscious, provide small sips of cool water
  • watch for changes in condition
  • if the person is refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, cal 9-1-1.

What are the signs of HEAT STROKE? (a heat stroke is a life-threatening emergency)

  • hot
  • red skin (dry or moist)
  • changes in consciousness
  • vomiting
  • high body temperature

What to do if you see someone experiencing these symptoms:

  • If you suspect someone is experiencing heat stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately
  • if possible, move the person to a cooler place and immerse them up to their neck, otherwise spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.

Come on in for your examination and hygiene visit and spend an hour in the A/C in the comfort of a clean cool environment. We look forward to helping you get through these HOT summer months.

July 28th, 2020

5 health appointments you should keep, despite the pandemic...

According to The Washington Post, experts say some appointments should not be delayed.

  • Cancer screenings - over the short term, health experts generally agree that delaying these screenings is probably okay for most people. However, if a problem does exist, diagnosis gets delayed if the screening isn't performed. This could mean a poorer prognosis because the cancer has had time to progress.
  • Dental visits - check ups and hygiene visits are recommended every three, six or twelve months depending on the person's oral health status. These checkups help spot dental health problems when treatment is effective and more affordable.
  • Physical therapy - if you have sprained an ankle or have had a surgery that requires physical therapy, the best outcome is when rehab is started right away. Physical Therapists are using telehealth visits, aka; virtual therapy. This has proved to be very successful.
  • Blood tests - For those that get their blood tested more often than their annual physical due to taking an anticoagulant, such as warfarin, need to make sure their levels in a healthy range. These tests should not be delayed.
  • Emergency room visits - During a 4 week period from late March to late April, the public visited the ER nearly a million fewer times than that of the same time last year for abdominal pain, musculoskeletal pain, sprains and strains, superficial injuries and more. . A big decline in people going to the hospital for a heart attack and stroke was also noted. The pandemic will not stop heart attacks and strokes from happening. The American Heart Association has published a public awareness campaign called "Don't Die in Doubt". It stresses that a hospital is the safest place to be if you have a medical emergency, even during the pandemic.

Keep in mind, not everyone is the same and what is okay to delay for one might not hold true for his friend. Weigh the risks and benefits and discuss them with your doctors. Your health and wellness are at stake.

 

July 15th, 2020

What to expect at your next dental visit

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things about our daily lives. Visits to our dental office have changed too. The CDC and ADA guidelines and recommendations are constantly changing therefore our protocols for seeing patients are constantly evolving.

Here's whats involved in seeing the doctor or hygienist at your next visit:

  1. Answer our pre-screening questions.
  2. Call us when you arrive in parking lot.
  3. Wait in your car for us to take your temperature.
  4. Wear your mask inside the office.
  5. Only the patient will be allowed to enter the office unless a minor or patient needs assistance by a caregiver.
  6. Grab a squirt of hand sanitizer on your way in.
  7. Follow your assistant or hygienist to your treatment room.

We do our best to make sure our patients are healthy prior to their dental appointment. If you have any doubt about whether or not you have been exposed to COVID-19 (either directly or indirectly) we ask that you reschedule your dental appointment.

What about after your dental appointment?

  1. The staff will thoroughly clean the areas where you've been using disinfectants that are effective against the virus that causes COVID-19 to prepare for the next patient.
  2. If you start feeling ill with the symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of your appointment, call the dental office. You may have already been carrying the virus at the time of your appointment, so anyone who came into contact with you during that time could be at risk for getting sick too.

Remember, regular dental visits are an essential part of your overall health. Dr. Bryan Griffith's office will make sure your visit is as safe as possible for everyone involved.

June 30th, 2020

What extra precautions have been implemented due to COVID?

The first thing we would like to introduce to you is our Air Purifier in every room!!

Since Covid, we have been diligently working to make our environment safer for all who are in it. One of the things we have incorporated into our daily routine is the use of air purifying systems.

A person takes 20,000-30,000 breathes each day. HEPA (high-efficiency particle air) Filter is designed to remove 99.97% of airborne particles. However, there are many levels of HEPA efficiency. Our office chose the H13 Medical Grade HEPA filter which captures 99.9% of particles down to 0.1 microns. Commonly referred to as 'medical grade filtration' as it relates to the purity of the air filtered.

The air filter purifies the air in four steps:

  1. The Pre-Filter removes large particles such as: Dust, Dander, Hair and others
  2. The True HEPA h13 Filter is the higher Grade of HEPA than Hepa Type or Ture HEPA.
  3. Next is the Activated Carbon Filter absorbs odors, harmful VICs, and other toxic substances such as formaldehyde.
  4. Lastly The Ionizer produces negative ions to neutralize positively charged particles such as dust, bacteria, mold spores, pollen, animal dander and other airborne positive particles.

Each air purifier covers 840 sq feet of space and we have one in each area where staff and patients gather for appointments. Take a deep breath and know that we are implementing new procedures and protocols to keep us safe. If you are interested in learning more about the air purifiers we have in our office, please email: brandi@griffithdental.com for more information.

 

May 19th, 2020

Sterilization in the Dental Office

With the ongoing concern with the COVID-19 virus, we want to assure
you that we have your well-being and safety at the top of our
priorities. We want you to feel comfortable, happy, and most importantly,
SAFE. We are committed to providing you with the best dental
experience with your health and safety in mind.

Here’s what you can expect at our office to protect you, the community
and ourselves.

• Proper hand hygiene
• Our clinical team will be wearing various PPE (personal protective equipment).
• Each treatment room will be disinfected and sanitized by wiping down surfaces with approved
disinfecting wipes.
• Protective barriers will be replaced between each use.
• All instruments are either sterilized or disposable.

We will be closely monitoring the recommendations by the CDC and health department. For any changes that we will need to make within our facility and with our PPE. As always, we invite you to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns. (727) 861-5575

April 28th, 2020

How We Keep You Safe

With Infection Control Procedures

Our office uses Infection control procedures to prevent the spread of disease. We follow The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  for dental office infection control protocols. Dr. Bryan Griffith cares about your safety and works hard to prevent the spread of infection. Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. We cover some equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.

Non-disposable items like the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and puts on a new pair of gloves.

As the CDC and the American Dental Association update their standards of care requirements, we will be right there following the protocols to the tee. We do not compromise the care and safety of our employees or our patients.

Your well-being is important to the team at Griffith Dental. Should you have any concerns or questions regarding our protocols, please let us know.

Email: office@griffithdental.com      Call or Text: 727-861-5575

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