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Jon Cartu Announces: Henderson Dental Clinic’s Proactive Safety Measures

Henderson Dental Clinic's Proactive Safety Measures

Jon Cartu Announces: Henderson Dental Clinic’s Proactive Safety Measures

One Of The Safest Dental Clinics In
Auckland

McIntosh Dental on Henderson’s busy
Lincoln Road is very familiar with infection control
measures. Although the dental clinic already had stringent
infection control measures in place, the coronavirus crisis
has caused these to be enhanced to the highest degree
possible. The clinic is one of the few in Auckland who have
remained open for emergency dental treatment during Alert
Levels 4 and 3, and has safely treated more than 200
patients during this time. Now they are looking forward to
providing their full range of dental treatments once
again.

Although New Zealand is now entering Alert
Level 2, that doesn’t mean McIntosh Dental will relax
their standards. “Realistically, a COVID vaccine could be
a year or more away, so we are committed to protecting the
health and safety of our patients and staff as much as
possible until that time,” says the practice’s founder
and co-owner Dr Alex McIntosh. “So although we – like so
many New Zealand businesses – have been financially
impacted by the crisis, to us that’s no excuse to
compromise on patient safety.”

One issue related to
the pandemic that continues to be raised is the topic of
aerosols: airborne particles not visible to the naked eye
which have the potential to carry droplets of water, saliva,
blood, micro organisms and potentially infectious materials.
Bacteria and viruses ranging from the common cold through to
coronavirus can all be transmitted through aerosols. Because
many routine dental treatments use instruments which produce
an aerosol or spray, dentists need to be extra vigilant in
their infection control measures.

The standard
infection control precautions include masks, eye protection,
gloves, hand hygiene and sanitisation of all surfaces and
touch points. McIntosh Dental, however have decided to take
additional steps towards controlling aerosols and have
invested in another two important measures: HEPA Air
Purifiers and Laminar Airflow units. HEPA stands for
high-efficiency particulate air. As the name suggests, HEPA
air purifiers purify the air inside the dental clinic by
filtering and destroying contaminants, helping to remove
bacteria and viruses in the air. The Laminar airflow units
create negative air pressure, effectively removing any
aerosols produced during dental treatment from air in the
surgery rooms. Laminar is used in hospital operating
theatres to provide clean, sterile working conditions during
operations.

Photo
/ Supplied

“We want all of our
patients – even those who are classed as being at high-risk
of COVID-19 – to feel completely safe and confident when
coming to McIntosh Dental,” says Dr McIntosh. “We are
proactively implementing the highest standard of protection
possible so we can provide the highest standard of dental
care.”

Dr
Alex McIntosh, founder and co-owner of McIntosh Dental
 |  Photo /
Supplied

McIntosh Dental was
established in Henderson in 1987 and offers a full range of
general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, dental
implants, dentures and oral surgery
services.

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