May 22, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of daily life. From social distancing and quarantining to using masks in public, how we interact with each other is very different than it was just a few months ago. To slow the spread of the virus, it’s important to limit hand-to-hand contact as much as possible. Dental teams understand this and, as much as they’d like to shake your hand or hug you when you come in, are not engaging in this sort of contact during the pandemic. The next time you visit your dentist in Boston, MA, you can use the greetings discussed in this post instead.
You don’t have to shake hands to tell someone that it’s nice to see them. It can even be fun to use out of the ordinary greetings to add some variety to your day. The next time you go in for a dental appointment, consider using one of the following greetings:
- Waving: As far as greetings go, waving is a classic. Waving communicates warm intent without having to touch the other person.
- Air-Fives: A variation on the ever-popular high-five, air-fives can be awkward fun, especially from a distance.
- Finger Guns: If you’re in the mood for something dorky, finger guns may be the way to go. Pew pew pew.
- The Coronavirus Curtsy: Go old-school and give a curtsy or a hat tip for some vintage flair.
- Namaste: The traditional gesture of respect can be a low-key, sincere way of acknowledging someone.
As you can tell, it isn’t necessary to make physical contact with someone to say hello. If you do insist on some form of touching, consider doing an elbow or a foot bump in lieu of a hug or a handshake. Using these types of greetings will keep you safe while effectively acknowledging those around you. We’re all in this together. Stay healthy during the pandemic and you’ll be shaking hands again before you know it.
About the Author
Dr. Jack B. Share wants each of his patients to be as healthy as possible. He loves using his dentistry to change lives and transform smiles. Since graduating from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and completing a General Dental Practice Residency at the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, he has been committed to continuing his education and providing exceptional dentistry for his community. He has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and has written several papers for prestigious dental journals. If you are interested in what other ways Dr. Share and his team are helping patients to stay healthy during the pandemic, they would love to speak with you. Give the office a call at (617) 742-1350 or reach out to them through their website.
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