MADISON (WKOW) -- Several dental clinics including Total Care Dental in the Madison area closed its doors early this week because of the coronavirus.
Dr. Jason Vandehaar, general dentist at Total Care Dental and his team made the decision Monday morning to cancel all of the patient appointments.
“As a general safety measure, we want to help decrease the spread of this disease and we are trying to do our part,” Vandehaar said.
The Wisconsin Dentist Association has advised local dental clinics to make safe and smart decisions about remaining open.
Total Care Dental increased their cleaning protocols around the office by wiping down and disinfecting common contact points like countertops and bathrooms.
“We’ve also removed all magazines and any other toys from the waiting room that may be potential high contact areas that are not easily cleaned,” Vandehaar said.
The clinic has also limited the number of staff in the office to implement social distancing. This practice is meant to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
“As a community of dentists, we’re all very much in tune with the pulse of everything that’s going on,” Vandehaar said. “We care for our patients and I feel that what we’re doing is the right thing for everybody in our community.”
Even though Total Care Dental will be closed, they will be available for emergencies. Those include toothaches, broken tooth discomfort, and severe pain.
The clinic hopes to update their patients in the next two weeks if anything changes.
You can find live updates of cancellations due to the coronavirus here.