Our teeth are essential. We need them to speak and chew. We need our teeth so that we can smile to boost our confidence. In fact, our entire mouths are important! Our mouths house saliva which aids in digestion. And a healthy mouth helps reduces the chances of contracting any harmful viruses or bacteria.
At home, we all know to brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and use an alcohol-free mouthwash. During COVID-19, most people have had more time to take care of their teeth. The excuse of “I’m too busy.” seems to have disappeared. Taking the time at home to clean your teeth will directly impact your overall health.
At The Dental Store, you can be assured that we are following the American Dental Association (ADA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines when it comes to providing the safest environment for you. We feel confident in our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that we can maintain a safe environment.
In the Office
Please be aware that things may run differently now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be asked if you’ve traveled out of the country or if you’ve traveled to a high risk location in the past 2 weeks, if you’ve been exposed to anyone with the virus, or if you yourself are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
The appearance of the hygienist, assistants, and doctors may be something your eyes will have to get used to. Also, you will be asked to swish with a pre-procedural rinse before starting treatment.
Regular hygiene visits may range from coming every 3 months to every 6 months. When it comes to your mouth, anytime you can detect something in the early or small stages the long term prognosis is better.
Removing tartar and plaque at your dental hygiene visit will reduce inflammation in the gum tissues. When inflammation is kept low, your body is able to effectively fight off harmful viruses, like Coronavirus. However, if there is a buildup of tartar and plaque it can have the reverse effect, your ability to fight off harmful viruses.
Unfortunately, dentists do not have x-ray vision. This means they need to take a few x-rays when you’re in the office to look for any signs of decay or bone loss starting. Oftentimes when a cavity is diagnosed while it is small the cost and amount of time to fix it are less.
See You Soon
At The Dental Store we are confident in the care we provide to our patients. We look forward to seeing you soon in person. Remember, your teeth are essential. Call us today to schedule your preventative hygiene reservation.