As 2020 wraps up, I want to look back on the 12 months and wish all of our patients and their families a happy holiday season.
There have certainly been a lot of challenges for everyone this past year. As it has impacted all industries and businesses, COVID-19 presented its own set of challenges in the medical and dental fields. After a temporary shutdown, Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry opened up its doors again and implemented safety and health protocols to protect staff, patients, and visitors from COVID-19 exposure.
In addition to temperature screenings and limiting the number of people in the office, cleaning and sanitization protocols were heightened. For example, waiting room seating areas, door handles, tables, and other surfaces to be sanitized. Every clinical room will be sanitized completely with medical grade disinfectant wipes between each patient, including door knobs, chairs, and equipment.
These procedures will remain in place into the new year as well. I’m proud of my team who worked to determine the best means to safely treat our patients in the presence of COVID-19, and continue to work to keep everyone safe.
This year also brought the racial tensions of the nation to the forefront of everyone’s attention. As I have said previously, it’s important we acknowledge the pain of black Americans and listen to what they have to say. It’s important for us to look critically at what we are doing and ask if there is more we can do.
To do nothing is to accept an outcome that will know little peace. Since this letter was published, myself and the office of Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry continually strive for equality and inclusion for care within our practice and community engagement. We continue to continue to listen and embrace each of you with love and respect.
Looking back on the year of 2020 may feel overwhelming, or even painful for some. With that said, I look forward to celebrating the holiday season ahead and the beginning of a new year just weeks away. Best wishes to you and your family through the holidays.
Don’t forget to practice and teach healthy dental hygiene habits with your children through the winter months. The holidays bring about lots of cookies and other sugary treats. Make sure to teach dental hygiene at home to keep your child’s smile healthy and happy.
~ Dr. David Moore