Your dental team does more than just clean your teeth. They consider you to be a part of their dental family and want to know you as an individual. There’s nothing that they like more than greeting you with a handshake or a hug and catching up on your life. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are refraining from any close contact to keep you safe. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t share a fun greeting with them. Consider some of these no-touch ways of saying hello during the next appointment with your dentist.
Mixing It Up
Touch and close proximity are two of the biggest ways to spread the coronavirus, and many standard greetings require both of those things. During the pandemic, it’s important to practice social distancing as much as possible Not being able to use your standard greetings doesn’t have to be a negative thing. It can actually be fun to mix things up and use variations that you wouldn’t otherwise. Some forms of no-touch greetings are:
- Waving: This one is a no-brainer. Waving acknowledges someone while communicating good wishes towards them and avoiding hand-to-hand contact.
- Finger Guns: Throw a little bit of charming awkwardness into your day by pulling out the finger guns. This silly gesture is sure to get a smile from your dental team.
- Air-Fives: Feigning a high-five without touching is a way of acknowledging that you’re in this together and are doing your part to keep the other person as healthy as possible.
- Namaste: Placing your hands together with a slight bow communicates respect and good intent towards the person you’re greeting.
Using an alternative greeting can be both interesting and fun. Your dental team is taking every precaution possible to keep patients healthy during the pandemic. From social distancing and even higher sanitation standards to changing the way appointments are scheduled, you can be sure that you will leave the office healthier than when you came in.
About the Author
Dr. Neely Thornton wants to help her patients live their best lives. She takes safety extremely seriously in her practice and uses the latest techniques to provide dynamic, pain-free dentistry. A graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, she has dedicated herself to continuing education to stay at the forefront of her field. She is involved with many prestigious dental organizations, such as the American Dental Association, the Hinman Dental Society, and the Spear Study Club. She is even a master in the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics. If you would like to learn more about what she and her team at Thornton Dental Wellness are doing to keep patients healthy during the pandemic, they would love to speak with you. Give the office a call at (770) 988-4936 or reach out through their website.