Lucio H. Kim DDS
Providing the best dental care for Glendale, CA

YES…It’s SAFE to go to the Dentist!

May 27, 2020
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Posted By: Lucio H. Kim DDS

As the world begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, one question that I’m often asked is “Do you think it’s safe to go to the Dentist?” My immediate answer is an overwhelming, “YES!”

Dental offices are one of the SAFEST places you can be. Dentistry is a profession of obsessive-compulsive cleaners. Dental treatment rooms are cleaned with bactericidal and viricidal cleaners before & after each patient visit. We utilize barrier protection to prevent germs from spreading when we touch things. All instruments are heat sterilized and used only on you before they are sterilized again. In addition to utilizing many disposable products, we wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the safety of our patients.  This PPE is more for me and my staff to protect us from contracting anything.

Recently, you may have heard about aerosols and their potential danger.  Aerosols are a part of our daily lives. When you speak, cough, sneeze, laugh and breathe, you generate aerosols from your body into the surrounding environment. Our human bodies have a well-developed immune system to protect us from any potential dangers that we may be exposed to form aerosols. As it specifically relates to aerosols generated in a dental office, the American Dental Association (ADA) and our CA Dept of Public Health have been leaders in helping dental offices remain safe before, during, and after the pandemic. With guidelines that have been developed through science and fact, this includes improved safety measures that were developed with both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Dentistry was safe before the COVID-19 outbreak and it remains safe after. To date, there has not been one instance of a major COVID-19 outbreak from a dental office, throughout the entire world.

You may not realize that our office has been open during the entire shutdown period seeing patients for emergency dental care. Those patients who have been here, as well as our dental team members, felt safe the entire time. In fact, the patients who came in all felt extremely comfortable receiving care at our office.

Since the pandemic began, dental offices (including ours) have been taking additional safety measures to protect our patients and our team. These include:
Social distancing

  • COVID-19 screening before each patient visit including taking temperatures
  • Limiting the number of people who are in the office at all times
  • Sanitization of patient hands & devices
  • Increased PPE for both patients and the dental team
  • Limiting of aerosol-generating procedures

Our office is even going above and beyond by utilization of aerosol removal devices and improving our air filtration with air purification devices that can scrub the air of these aerosols and exchange the air in the room up to 6-10 times per hour. These additional measures in addition to our regular infection control procedures make our office one of the safest places you can be.

WE WANT YOU TO ALWAYS FEEL COMFORTABLE & SAFE AT OUR OFFICE.

In addition, we want our team members to feel safe in our work environment. As we begin performing routine dental care, you can be assured that our entire team has been in constant communication during the shutdown period, we have studied the latest information & research on how to best care for our patients, and we have implemented additional protocols to keep you, and us, safe during your visit. There’s a lot of uncertainty when it comes to COVID-19. One thing you can be certain of is that going to the Dentist is, and always has been, safe.

We look forward to seeing you soon. 

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In response to the ADA and CDA recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus, our office will be temporarily closed until at least May 25th. Our staff will continue to respond to calls and emails during this time. We will be AVAILABLE for EMERGENCIES, PAIN, and other URGENT ISSUES. New and existing patients are also welcome to call or email to schedule appointments for when we return. Thank you for your understanding.