As the pandemic rages on with still months to go before an effective and widespread vaccine will give us some semblance of normalcy, you may be asking yourself how you can safely access the care you need during a global health crisis. While some things can be put off, some things shouldn’t be.
Going to the dentist once a year is incredibly important and getting to the dentist when you have pain, or an emergency is even more important.
Depending on your state, you may or may not have restrictions on who can see a dentist and how. But if your dental offices are open for routine appointments, there are a few ways to make sure you’re being safe while visiting the dentist for not just you and your loved ones, but the dental professionals working to keep your oral health where it needs to be.
Below is some information on safety at the dentist’s office during the pandemic. Be sure to check with your local dentist before booking an appointment.
Everything Has Risk
All out of the home activities are risky activities. It’s just the way it is right now. Even the safest seeming behaviors care some amount of risk and the dental office, no matter how hygienic, is no exception. Dental offices are open to the public which mean you have no control over who else is using the office when you are. Keep that in mind and be prepared to be over prepared. Rest assured dental offices have strict procedures ensuring your health and safety and decreasing your risk.
Be Aware of Your Health
If you’re not feeling well, don’t go outside. Even if you’ve got mild symptoms of what seems to be nothing more than a head cold, don’t go outside and don’t go to the dentist office where dental professionals will be in close proximity of your face and mouth. Play it safe until you’re feeling better and be sure to continue to wash your hands and avoid touching your face as much as possible. Make sure to inform your dentist about not feeling well if you need to cancel an appointment.
What the Dentist Office Can Do
Ask your dentist what they’re doing to prevent contamination and the spread of viruses in their office. Are they spacing out appointments? Are they properly disinfecting spaces? Are they performing reliable temperature checks? Ask them about the protective gear they’re wearing and how often they change it. Ask about appointment protocol and how many people are allowed in the office at one time. Find out what they’re doing to protect you.
Can a dentist get infected from my spit?
Yes. The virus spreads via respiratory droplets which are aerosols that come out of your mouth and lungs. The bigger the droplets, the more viral load they carry. That means any fluid in your mouth or throat can carry contagious droplets. However, with proper gear and practices, the risk is low.
What is considered a nonurgent treatment?
Things that you can wait on if you want to remain safe included teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, and routine checkups where you have no discomfort or pain. If you do experience pain or have a visibly injured tooth, call your dentist immediately.
Don’t put off going to the dentist, it can lead to oral and dental health problems that can easily be avoided. Talk to your dentist about the steps they’re taking and how you can safely visit them soon.
Sedki Dentistry in Commerce Twp MI is taking all the necessary measures and required steps to make your visit safe during this time. As a full-service dental clinic, we are committed to the uncompromised care to each of our patients ensuring they receive the highest level of dental care possible.
Dr. Sedki has 20 years’ experience and offers the latest technology in modern dentistry, including a comprehensive list of general dentistry, restorative dental treatments and cosmetic dental care services to meet the needs of your entire family. Get a personalized experience and call our Commerce area dental office for a Free consultation today!