Measles and Dentistry

Measles

Many of our Sacramento dental patients are concerned about the spread of measles nationwide due to a decrease in the number of vaccinated children. People gather every day at the offices of the Sacramento Dentistry Group, in a medical setting. It is therefore important for visitors to our practice to be aware of the recommendations from the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Practice regarding measles and how those recommendations are applied.

Are You Vaccinated Against Measles?

Dr. Rudy Liddell, vice-chair of the Council on Dental Practice, writes this: ”Measles is one of the most contagious diseases….Transmission can happen in any setting, including health care facilities.” The Council follows the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control: health care providers should ask patients to confirm their vaccination status with written documentation. Unvaccinated patients may be isolated during treatments for their own safety and the safety of others. Therefore, if you or your children are not vaccinated against measles, please inform our staff during your next visit so that our team members can take appropriate precautions for the sake of your health and that of others.

And as is the case with any visit to our office, instruments and surfaces used in a treatment area are thoroughly sanitized before the next patient uses them. This helps to prevent transmission of germs that cause disease, whether the measles virus or other pathological agents. The Sacramento Dentistry Group always thinks about the health and welfare of our patients, therefore we ask that you please assist us to help prevent the spread of measles!

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