Optima Dental Group
Statement on Corona virus
3/15/2020
6:00 pm

Due to an unprecedented response by the world governments and World Health Organization
to a never before seen virus, we have taken equally unprecedented measures to ensure that
you are safe when in our care, and the team at Optima Dental Group stays healthy and can
continue to care for our community. This goes beyond our already stringent infection control
procedures. You will find that when you come to the office, there will be no magazines out on
the table, and the door knobs may be damp due to frequent cleaning. This is in an effort to not
only reduce the spread of germs between patients, but also due to our efforts at the office to
maintain a very clean environment.

For all appointments, we will be asking you to use an oral rinse before we begin. This has been
proven to reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses while we are working on you. We will also
discontinue use of ultrasonic scalers when you get your teeth cleaned due to the aerosols that
are created during its use.

You will also find our office a little breezy as we are keeping doors and windows open to keep a
flow of fresh air throughout the facility. We have always employed air cleaners with UVC light
to reduce spread of viruses and bacteria. These will be moved to the treatment rooms and ran
continuously to keep the air your breath as clean as possible.

But we need your help! Please come to the office alone if possible. If you get there early, we
may have you wait in your car until we are ready to seat you in your treatment room. We want
you to be seen on an individual basis. Because we are a low volume, 1:1 style office, our cross
contamination risk is already low, but we would like to minimize risk where we can. If you have
a cough or chest tightness, a fever or body aches — stay home! It’s no problem, we will just
reschedule your appointment for 3 weeks later and ensure you are healthy. If you are over the
age of 60, are immunocompromised or have a respiratory condition such as COPD, please
consider how important it is for you to come to the dental office for your appointment, or to go
anywhere for that matter. If you have been out of the country or in any of the hot bed areas for
the virus within the last two weeks, such as San Francisco, New York, Seattle please
reschedule your appointment.

The advice to stay home for the next two weeks is to minimize the spread of the virus. As soon
as the weather begins to warm, the virus is expected to be reduced in its spread. I am
attaching some recommendations from the CDC in case you haven’t seen them or want to
review them.

I will keep you posted on our efforts or any changes to our protocols, policies or hours via
Facebook, email and of course, phone calls. Please feel free to reach out to me personally if
you have any concerns. My number is 636-234-7481 or call the office at 636-583-2612 and a
team member will be able to answer your questions as well.

Good information:
1. If you have a runny nose or a wet cough, you have a common cold.
2. Corona virus is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. The virus cannot stand warm temperatures, 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit, so washing your
hands with warm water and drinking warm tea and coffee is a good thing.
4. The virus can live on metal and fabric surfaces for up to 12 hours so disinfecting surfaces
and washing hands frequently is recommended. Also, cough into your elbow not your
hand.
5. Gargling with warm salt water is also a way to kill viruses as well as drinking warm fluids.

Symptoms of Corona virus
1. While symptoms may differ, for most, the first symptom is a sore throat lasting 3-4 days.
Take zinc products such as Cold-Eze. The virus hates zinc!
2. The virus then spreads to the lungs and causes pneumonia. This takes 5-6 days.
3. With the pneumonia comes a high fever and difficulty breathing.
4. The nasal congestion will feel severe, not like a normal cold.
5. Get tested at the first sign of symptoms, then, stay quarantined and on products rich in
zinc, drink plenty of warm fluids and plenty of water. High doses of vitamin C, Elderberry
syrup and rest have been reported to help with respiratory illnesses. As there is no cure for
this virus or a vaccine, seeking medical support is advised at the first indication of onset.