Notice to our valued patients:
After more than 35 years of serving Jonesboro families, Dentistry for Children was alarmed to discover that the water in our Jonesboro facility may have played a role in the recent infection of a small group of our patients (less than 0.1% of Jonesboro patient visits). Since it was discovered, we notified and have been working closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH). The GDPH visited the Jonesboro office and later informed us that the source of the infection is a type of bacteria most commonly found in water, soil and dust. In rare cases, these bacteria have been found to cause infections in a variety of inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings, such as allergy clinics.
The previous water filtration system in place at Jonesboro was designed specifically for dental procedures and met or exceeded industry standards of the American Dental Association. However, upon learning of the bacteria type and the CDC’s recommendation for a special water filtration system that could block this type of bacteria, Dentistry for Children voluntarily closed the Jonesboro office for eight days of deep cleaning, which included replacing plumbing and medical tubing, as well as installing the recommended advanced water filtration system to eliminate potential risks from the water supply.
All evidence to date suggests that these infections are confined to a very small number of Jonesboro patients. The health of our patients and staff is our most important mission and we strive to provide excellent service to our patients, including answering any questions you may have. If you have any questions or specific concerns about your child, please call us at 678-244-4021.