Care of your teeth is very important at all times, especially during a pandemic. We all need to do what we can to stay healthy, while remaining safe.
Furloughs from work, sick family members, financial stress – any of these can be a contributing factor to gum disease. Stress can lead to more inflammation. Your gums are more likely to become red and puffy and will bleed more easily when inflamed.
Guidelines from the beginning have included requesting patients who have been exposed to the virus to isolate and try to get tested. Please do not come in if you feel sick or have any upper respiratory condition symptoms. For those who tend to have frequent illness or the elderly who consider themselves at risk, now is not the time to come.
Concerned You Are at Risk?
If you are in a high risk group due to age or medical conditions and are afraid to venture out, then you must do more at home. This includes regular brushing and flossing and a diet with less sugar to make you less susceptible to dental diseases.
Dental Care and Covid 19 Protocol
If you are not in a high risk group, but are worried about the safety of making a visit to the dentist, please note:
The CDC has published guidelines for dental offices so that both staff and patients can be protected from the spread of communicable disease. Precautions include more protective wear, cleaning down surfaces in the office regularly, special mouth rinses, and air purification with HEPA filters. Treatment rooms are vacated for a time period and sanitized after after each procedure.
We also require that visitors wear a mask, while they are in the waiting room and social distancing is kept in place.
The dental community is doing the best it can to safeguard everyone until this major inconvenience has run its course. Hopefully it won’t be long before we can get back to a more normal existence.
Please call the office if you have any questions on at home dental care or our protocols.
Healthy teeth and gums are always important!