Hands, Germs, and your Dental Health

Wash handsWe learn in childhood about the necessity of handwashing to stay healthy. Contaminants can easily enter our eyes, noses, and mouths when we touch a contaminated surface, and then touch these areas on our face. The last thing you want to do is to transfer germs to your mouth, jeopardizing your oral and overall health. Your dental care professional must take care to not transfer infectious illnesses and diseases to you through hand to mouth contact.  The Riverside dentists at Riverside Dental Group  want to remind you about good handwashing practices  to ensure that that we are doing our part for your good health.

Handwashing Awareness

The power is in your hands when it comes to preventing contagious illnesses That power extends to colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, strep throat, and other illnesses. The four principles of Hand Awareness will help you to win the battle against contagious illness.

1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.

2. Do not cough into your hands.

3. Do not sneeze into your hands.

4. Do not put your fingers into your eyes, nose, or mouth.

If you wear an oral appliance like a mouthguard or invisible alignment trays for orthodontic treatment, your should practice perfect hand washing. These principles sound simple, yet the colder weather months bring case upon case of colds, flu, and viruses. Some people contract very serious contagious illnesses. Many of these cases could have been avoided by frequent and thorough handwashing and by following the rules above.

A Clean and Safe Dental Experience

The American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published standards for infection control for dental offices in the United States. The rules cover use, cleaning, sterilization of equipment, safety equipment (including protective gloves) and hand hygiene (including hand washing and using hand sanitizer throughout treatment). At Riverside Dental Group, we go above and beyond expectations to keep our patients safe while in our care.

Visit your Riverside Dentists

Is anyone in your family overdue for a dental checkup? Preventive dentistry is the best way to avoid cavities and gum disease. Call our 92504 dentist office at (951) 689-5031 for all of your dental care needs.