Whether you are the type of person to offer a hug or high-five when you see your dentist in Ken Caryl, you understand that certain greetings simply are not possible right now. With the reminder to practice social distancing when among those outside your household, you will need to look for an alternative way to greet your dental team when you arrive for your next appointment. But what other ways are there? Let’s spend a few minutes discussing why it’s best to avoid the typical handshake and how else you can say hello without making contact.
Why Social Distancing is Important
Until recently, the term “social distancing” was not common among the general population. In fact, most people might have previously referred to it as “personal space.” Either way, COVID-19 is causing individuals throughout the world to “embrace” this new way of living to combat the potential spread of the virus. From limiting interaction with people outside your house to wearing face masks and standing 6 feet apart while at the grocery store or other public places, these new protocols are designed to better protect everyone.
Since the virus can be easily spread through human contact, this realization is causing dentists and other medical professionals to identify alternative solutions when it comes to practicing social distancing while still offering personalized dental care. Not only are team members wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize exposure, but they are also finding ways to greet patients without giving in to the normal handshake or high-five.
Alternative Greetings to Use at the Dentist’s Office
If you miss being able to hug your dentist, you’re not alone, especially if it’s someone you’ve known for a long time and look forward to catching up with during your visit. As much as a hug might be your go-to greeting, it’s time (at least for now) to consider trying one of the following alternatives:
Keeping these alternative greetings in mind will better serve you when you come in for your appointment. As much as you and your dental team would like to say “hello” with a warm and welcoming handshake or hug, it is best if social distancing remains the current course of action to get through this crisis.
About the Author
Dr. Susan Kutis earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2006. Recognized as a “Top Dentist” by Denver’s 5280 Magazine, she and the team at Blue Sage Dental are eager to begin seeing patients once again. As much as they would like to offer a hug or high-five to welcome you back, the threat of COVID-19 is still present, which means looking for alternative ways to greet you when you arrive. If you’re looking for a “dentist near me” and are wondering what precautions you should take when you arrive for your appointment, please contact us at (303) 973-1112.