Our Unique Approach to Dental Care

Smile Dental Partners takes a unique approach to providing quality dental care. It is a fun, engaging environment where patients and staff can enjoy each other’s company. Founder and dentist Dr. Darren Riopelle actively engages his staff and patients to create an enjoyable experience.

Smile Dental Partners

Smile Dental Partners has a new, innovative solution to prevent dental infections and protect the health of its patients. Its new Smile Safety Assurance program includes a thermal imaging AI temperature screening system and cloud-based monitoring of the practice’s pathogen control. The system works by continuously treating surfaces and air to kill harmful viruses.

Smile Dental Partners’ multi-specialty approach is rooted in a passion for proactive dental care. The practice combines pediatric, adult, and orthodontics under the same roof, offering a comprehensive solution for the whole family. It also offers in-house surgical resources to minimize wait times for procedures and a personalized, high-touch experience for patients.

Interdisciplinary approach

Interdisciplinary approach to dental care involves a team of specialists working together for the betterment of the patient. This involves coordinating treatment and communication between various members of the dental team. This type of approach allows patients to make informed decisions about their oral health, based on the information available. This approach is especially helpful for people with complex dental conditions.

One of the greatest challenges in dental care is ensuring that patients feel comfortable with a dentist. For this reason, many dentists struggle with the idea of allowing patients to leave the hygiene operatory without fear of scaring them. It is essential to ensure that patients have ample time to tour their mouths before any dental work is undertaken.

Community involvement

Peninsula Dental School has introduced a community involvement module into its dental education curriculum, which gives students the opportunity to work with local community groups to address oral health inequalities. This module focuses on developing intervention strategies and improving social accountability. It aims to foster a deeper understanding of health inequalities and the benefits of oral health care for under-served communities.

Community involvement is also an important component of Smile Dental’s adult services. Dental students developed an oral health service for homeless people in the community, highlighting the dire need for dental care in the area. The service has a positive impact on both the patients and the students.

COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a unique approach to dental care. Several countries are taking immediate action, such as establishing emergency care centres for oral health and teledentistry. Others are implementing more extensive dental emergency care measures, including enhanced infection control measures and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). In the United Kingdom, special dental emergency centres have been established in response to the pandemic. Such centres lack the resources of general dental practices and training programs, but it is still possible to provide emergency care.

To prevent further spread of COVID-19, dental practitioners must understand the mechanisms of its transmission. Moreover, dental clinics should implement pre-examination triage to detect patients who may be infected. Dental offices must also implement PPE and should conduct a comprehensive infection control strategy, which includes hand hygiene and saliva ejection.

Managing infection

Dental infection control is vital to the safety of patients and the dental team. The American Dental Association provides infection control education during basic dental training, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains updated guidelines for dentists. With the current COVID-19 pandemic still raging, preventing infection is an urgent priority.

The prevention and control of dental infections involves implementing policies that follow international best practices and evidence-based guidelines. Infection control at dental practices should include training for staff and infection-control systems, as well as adequate supplies and equipment. A dental practice should also have an infection control person responsible for implementing the plan.

The principles of infection prevention and control are the same for every healthcare setting, regardless of location. However, modern equipment, materials, and technology can influence infection control procedures. Dental practices should have a thorough infection control protocol and implement nationally/locally recommended infection control work practices. Infection control is essential for the safety of patients and staff, as any patient may harbor a pathogen. The precautionary principle must be applied to each patient, regardless of age, gender, or dental history.

 

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