We read a recent article in Today.com that suggests people have held off on going back to the dentist because of COVID-19 and are therefore putting their oral health at risk. Some dentists have seen that even at-home dental hygiene has been hit or miss and points out that, “bacteria don’t know that there’s a pandemic.” That’s true! There’s no reason to put your oral health on hold, and this article explains why. Read it here now: https://www.today.com/health/what-expect-dentist-s-during-covid-19-pandemic-t188567
Yes, dental offices had to close temporarily in the spring and could only be open for emergency visits. We, like most dental offices, are now fully open and operational and safer than ever before. Putting off a dental treatment or even a regular check up can have a negative impact on your dental health. The article points out how the President of the American Dental Association had to miss his routine check up in March. He had an issue with a filling, and because he couldn’t be seen, it turned into a bigger problem where he needed a root canal. The important point is that addressing dental conditions in the early stages can help you avoid more complex and costly treatments down the road, not to mention pain and inconvenience.
Like all dental offices, ours is outfitted with safety precautions. You may recall that we wore gloves, goggles and protective gear before COVID-19. We are now adding to these safety measures by taking patient temperatures, limiting how many people can be in our reception area, disinfectant fogging of the entire office, and adding extra sanitization measures.
If you or someone you know is avoiding the dentist, please feel free to share this article with them. The longer you put off caring for your dental health, the more complicated the condition will be to treat. Even a routine cleaning can become more time-intensive and uncomfortable if not done on a regular basis.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you again soon!