County dental offices offer safe practices during COVID-19.

Dental offices throughout Otter Tail County, in light of COVID-19, are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the well-being of patients, dentists, dental hygienists, and other dental office employees.

This was the case Monday afternoon, July 20, when this reporter had an appointment at his dental office for a teeth cleaning and routine examination.

I entered the building with a mask, a requirement. The dental office supplies masks for those not having them and an office employee meets them at the door.

CDC guidelines also include sterilization and disinfection at dental offices.

Once inside the building, an employee took my temperature, asked if I was feeling all right and inquired if I had been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 in recent weeks.

The waiting lounge had only chairs, no newspapers, magazines, or anything else on the tables.

When my appointment time arrived, a masked dental hygienist came to get me in the waiting room where patients were socially distanced between chairs.

Once in the dental chair, I was allowed to take off my mask. The dental hygienist said she wears her mask all day long, is used to it, and does not find it cumbersome.

After my dental (teeth) cleaning was completed, my regular dentist, masked, came in to do a final look and check for possible cavities and other trouble areas.

Dental offices throughout Otter Tail County, and across the nation, receive CDC updates about test-based strategies for patient care.

“We do what we have to do for the well-being of everyone,” said my dentist. “We all look for better days ahead. In the meantime, we need to do what is right even if there are some inconveniences.”