A CHEERY, FRIENDLY DENTAL CLINIC IN GENEVA
I can’t help but smile at the first sign I see as I walk in: “Please keep 10 toothbrushes apart.” It’s definitely the cheeriest dentist’s office I’ve ever been to, from a fun display of pastel-coloured toothbrushes, dentist-themed mobile phone covers, and green succulents to a Pinterest-perfect coffee corner in the waiting area. There’s even a social media station, where you can snap a photo, video, GIF, or boomerang to upload to your favourite social platform. I love the funny posters on the shelves, too. Who said dentists can’t get creative?!
Candles and t-shirts with clever sayings are for sale at reception, with a majority of the proceeds going to the Swiss Red Cross.
GOING TO THE DENTIST IN GENEVA DURING COVID-19
After taking my temperature as I enter, the receptionist gives me a little bottle of hand sanitizer and I take a seat in the waiting area. The dental hygienists coordinate on the go to keep the number of people waiting to a minimum, maintaining social distancing between patients.
I’ve barely sat down when my new dental hygienist, Laura, comes over to greet me. She knows I’m a little nervous about getting my teeth cleaned in COVID times, and helps me feel much more comfortable. Laura explains that they already had a rigourous disinfection process between patients in place even before coronavirus, so that hasn’t changed much – but they’ve also added new measures.
Dental hygienists now wear FFP2 masks all day long, as well as face shields when they’re in close proximity with patients. Laura opts for a protective hair covering, too.
The clinic has installed new air filtering systems in the rooms that don’t have an outside window to make sure the air is cleaned out between patients.