If you are a social butterfly and enjoy handshakes, hugs, and high-fives, these past few months have likely been difficult for you. Not only has COVID-19 cause a dramatic global shift in the way we operate daily, but it has also taken away the one thing we all need, which is human interaction. As states begin to ease regulations and restrictions, your dentist in Frisco is preparing to welcome you back. However, this doesn’t mean you can hug or offer handshakes to your dental team, so what can you do to say hello? Check out these 4 alternative greetings that will generate a smile while keeping everyone safe.

Avoiding Hugs and High-Fives: What’s the Reason?

Anyone who has been following the news or press conferences of state and national health officials understands that COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that causes respiratory illness. Because it can be easily spread from person-to-person, individuals are advised to avoid coming into contact with anyone who may be sick or displaying symptoms of the virus. In fact, social distancing is to be practiced regularly by staying 6 feet apart from others.

While researchers continue to study COVID-19 to better understand how it spreads, extra precautions remain in place to discourage personal contact with anyone outside your household. This is why most individuals are wearing gloves and masks when shopping for groceries, visiting the post office, etc. because germs and bacteria can remain on frequently touched areas and surfaces, further spreading the virus.

4 Ways to Greet Your Dentist

As states begin to ease restrictions on businesses, retailers, and dental offices, you will notice that your dentist is implementing various rules and guidelines to better protect patients and staff. A common dental safety protocol in Frisco is maintaining standards for social distancing, including no handshakes or hugs.

What other actions can you take to make sure your dental team knows you are happy to see them again? Check out these 4 alternative greetings that will be sure to bring a smile to their face:

  • Teledentistry – While it may seem impersonal, simply talking with someone face-to-face without being in the same room can create positive vibes and generate a sense of happiness. Instead of relying on the traditional in-office checkup, many dental offices are offering teledentistry for those who would prefer to remain safely at home while continuing to receive high-quality care.
  • Elbow Bump – An alternative to a handshake or high-five, the elbow bump is quickly being adopted by individuals throughout the world. Celebrities are even using it when out in public. For your dentist, this allows for their hands to remain germ-free as they prepare to take care of your teeth and gums.
  • Air High-Five – You’ve likely performed this move at some point in your life, even if it was when you were a child or teenager. Fortunately, an air high-five can still serve a valuable purpose today, as it is a great way for a dentist to say “good job” after performing a thorough checkup of your smile.
  • Namaste Stance – Commonly found in most yoga classes, the Namaste stance involves placing your palms together with your fingers extended upward. When used with a gentle bow of the head, this can be a great way to say hello and that you are happy to see someone.

Understandably, the above-mentioned methods may feel odd or weird, especially if you are a “hugger.” But to keep everyone safe and minimize the risk of potentially contracting COVID-19, these are great ways to simply say hello.

About the Author
Dr. Jill Wade earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor University in 1995 before attaining her Master of Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) designation. Becoming a founding member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, she remains an advocate for dental wellness and the whole-health connection. Like many dentists throughout the country, she and the team at Stonebriar Smile Design are eager to begin treating patients regularly, but to remain in compliance with many new guidelines, she requests that patients and staff look for alternative ways to avoid contact outside the treatment room. If you have questions about your upcoming appointment and what steps you can take to better protect yourself and your dental team, contact us at (469) 361-0081.