Ask a Dentist

June 16, 2020

Q: What Personal Protection Equipment are you using at Dental Image Therapy Centres?

Dentist in personal protection equipment - disposable head cap, disposable scrubs, Level 3 Mask covering a P100 Reciperator

Winnipeg Dentists Reopening With Special Protective Procedures

A: Dental Image Therapy Centres follows recommendations from the Manitoba Dental Association, our regulatory body when implementing safety policies. Your safety and the safety of our staff is a top priority for our Winnipeg dental clinics. 

When you walk into one of our Winnipeg dental clinics you’ll notice that our staff is wearing medical-grade masks and will be helping you from behind an acrylic barrier. And all of our surfaces are sanitized regularly with disinfectant.

We use different personal protection equipment (PPE) depending on what type of dental procedure you’re getting. You’ll see protective equipment for every type of procedure and interaction.

Your dentist, hygienist and dental assistants will always be wearing:

  • Scrubs with long sleeve
  • Disposable gown over our scrubs
  • Disposable gloves
  • Head caps
  • Safety glasses
Image with labels indicating PPE - disposable gown, Level 3 Mask, safety glasses, head cap, face shield, disposable gloves
Labelled Image of PPE

Because the coronavirus is an aerosol-based (airborne) virus, we will be wearing different levels of masks depending on the procedure you’re getting. For non-aerosol generating procedures (like a checkup and cleaning) we’re using Level 3 Masks. These masks work well in filtering aerosols, sprays and fluids. If you’re having a dental procedure that is aerosol-generating (like getting a tooth extracted), we add P100 Respirator on top of the Level 3 Masks. P100 Reciperators filter 99.9% of particles from the air while Level 3 Masks have a filtration of 98%.

We will also be wearing face shields. Face shields are clear plastic coverings attached to a headband. These shields protect from any direct splatter that might occur.

What does this all mean? All of this protective gear is for your safety as much as it is for our safety. The safety of our staff means that we can help you with your dental needs and make sure you’re keeping up with excellent oral hygiene habits.

Haven’t booked a dental checkup and cleaning in a while? Need that broken tooth looked at? Book an appointment at either of our Winnipeg dental offices - we can’t wait to see you.