The new device that will stop your saliva from spraying at the dentist

Posted at 6:26 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 07:45:05-04

FRANKLIN — TMJ4 News is focused on showing how people are finding solutions to get us all back to work.

This includes those with jobs that have a high risk of COVID-19 exposure, such as dentists or dental hygienists.

As part of our Rebound Milwaukee reports, Dental Associates shares new tools their 14 Southeast Wisconsin dental offices now have.

Franklin Dental Associates hygienist Amanda Belcher is happy to be back to work after two months, “I’m very, very happy to be back! I know the patients are happy the ones that are coming in they’re ready to get their teeth cleaned and come back.”

The company took time to make it safer by investing not only in personal protective equipment but devices that can be used during cleanings to stop a patient’s saliva from spraying into the air, which Belcher says can travel far, “They can go pretty far, I would say about six feet.”

The company shared with us a demo showing devices that they purchased that will stop a patient’s saliva from spraying into the air. The two different devices called Mr. Thirsty and Ivory ReLeaf both suck in the particles before they can go into the air.

Belcher said she feels even safer than before, “It’s really the same thing, it protects us more and customers.”

Here is your Rebound Rundown:

  • New devices called Mr. Thirsty or Ivory ReLeaf are helping dentist offices lower COVID-19 exposure risks
  • New patient screenings
  • Deep cleaning between patients
  • Includes waiting 15 minutes before bringing the patient into procedure rooms
  • Ask your local dentist what precautions are right best for your health.

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