If you’re a hugger, the last several weeks have probably been challenging because you must keep your distance from other people to help combat the spread of COVID-19. As the country reopens, you’ll still need to practice social distancing. This can be especially challenging if you need to visit your dentist. Don’t worry, they are taking extra precautions to ensure your safety. In addition, here are 4 fun ways to greet your dentist in Tokepa and Silver Lake despite not being able to hug them.
1. Elbow Bump
If you tend to shake hands or give knuckles when greeting someone, it can be a hard habit to break amid the coronavirus pandemic. As a fun alternative to begin a new tradition when greeting your dentist, give them an elbow bump to say, “Hi!”
If you’re concerned about greeting your dental team or your risk of the virus, you can skip visiting your dentist altogether. Many dentists are offering tele-dentistry for patients who only need consultations or follow-up appointments. A simple wave can do when video chatting with your dentist. This can be an excellent option for patients who are at a higher risk of COVID-19.
3. Shaking Ankles
You can put a fun spin on shaking hands by shaking ankles with your dentist instead. Although it might take a bit of balancing, it’s an excellent ice breaker after not seeing your dentist for the past several weeks.
4. Friendly Wave
Never underestimate the power of a friendly wave. The common gesture is recognized around the world as a nice way to greet another person. You can even stay 6 ft away from each other to do your part to curve the COVID-19 crisis.
Greeting Your Dentist
When it’s time to visit your dentist again, the way you give salutations isn’t the only thing to change. There are many new dental safety protocols in Topeka and Silver Lake to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Upon arriving at the dentist, you may be asked to remain in your vehicle until your appointment. As you enter the facility, you’ll notice there are also fewer patients to ensure social distancing. You might have a noncontact temperature check and a brief screening to look for any early symptoms of the virus. During your time in the office, you’ll see your dental team has revamped their safety and disinfecting standards to minimize harmful pathogens in the office. You can feel comfortable knowing the dentist is the cleanest place you’ll visit all day.
About Dr. Michael E. Michel
Dr. Michael E. Michel has been improving smiles for nearly 40 years. He’s committed to helping each patient achieve optimal oral health through modern dental services. He’s recently updated his dental safety standards to meet the recommended guidelines to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need an appointment, or you have any concerns about our safety protocols, contact our office today to speak with a member of our team.