Contemporary Smiles is following the latest NSW Health mandate and asking all patients to please wear a face covering when attending our practice. (There may be limited exceptions to this mandatory requirement, such as medical conditions and children under 12 years.)
Thank you for your ongoing support as we all work together to keep our local communities COVID safe!
Feeling a little worried about viruses (and other micro-organisms)? Fear not.
We’re used to dealing with people who are a bit worried (and with micro-organisms).
Dentists have always been serious about keeping you safe from cross infection (other people’s bugs). For years it has been a legal requirement that we regularly attend lectures on sterilisation (and we do), and there are specific standards we have to adhere to. We’ve been tackling bugs on your behalf every day.
Below are just some of the things we do to ensure your safety:
All instruments that are put in your mouth will have been processed in an autoclave. An autoclave uses superheated steam (under pressure) to kill ALL bugs.
Every individual autoclave and its output are daily checked multiple ways by our team to make sure it worked properly, and all autoclaves are regularly checked and tested by certified and independent examiners to ensure they work properly.
All instruments that are put in your mouth will have been processed in an autoclave.
Pre-Sterilised Bits and Pieces
Some things we buy and use come as single-use items in sealed plastic wrappers that have been pre-sterilised by the manufacturer.
It’s hard to put a chair, or a bench, in an autoclave. For that reason, all surfaces the patient, and the team, come in contact with during treatment are either covered by single-use plastic, or wiped down with disinfectant (after every patient appointment).
Protecting You From Us (and vice versa)
When was the last time your doctor touched you without gloves? Hmmm… When was the last time your dentist touched you without gloves? Yeah, that’s right. It never happens.
To be fair to our medical colleagues, they’re often touching parts of your body that are low risk for bad bugs. We dentists, however, figure it’s easier just to have one rule, which is to wear gloves, masks, and protective eyewear for all patients at all times. And we make you wear glasses too (it’s not just a fashion statement). In addition we have a robust hand hygiene system in place, which means we sanitise our hands all the time.
Other Sensible (Future?) Precautions
You can be very confident we are well informed about the latest requirements (remember bugs are our thing) and will be following the recommendations of the relevant authorities.
Handshakes are out. Elbow bumps are in. Whatever is considered the current best way of protecting you will be what we do; we always have.
How You Can Help Us
If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID 19 (through overseas travel or local exposure), then self-isolate as the authorities recommend. While it’s smart (and expected) that you go to your doctor when you’re sick, dentists prefer you NOT to attend if you’re feeling unwell (unless of course it’s an emergency, or you are in pain). If, however, you are feeling well, and haven’t been exposed, then there is no need to delay or defer your treatment. You should attend your dental appointments as normal.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
View the WHO guide on dealing with the Coronavirus