FYI – Due to Covid-19 we will no longer allow patients to wait in the reception area and have removed all snacks, the Keurig Coffee maker, magazines and even the water dispenser to eliminate the surfaces that the virus can attach to. We do have 8oz water bottles available for you so please ask if you are interested.
Yes, it is generally safe to see your dentist during a pandemic. We prioritize your health and safety above all else and are already well prepared for the threat of a virus. As health care professionals, we’re trained to manage communicable diseases and have added additional protocols that go far beyond the CDC’s highest standards of infection control practices.As a daily practice, we go above and beyond the CDC’s highest standards of infection control practices with powerful disinfectants, state-of-the-art sterilization practices, ritualistic hand washing, and many disposable materials for each and every visit.
A dentist is a specialist who works to diagnose, treat, and prevent health problems however, there are times when it’s prudent to restrict dental procedures to “Emergency Only”. We will continue to monitor and follow the CDC’s guidlines for infection control
As it related to Covid-19 restrictions for dental appointments, a dental emergency may be defined by the following criteria:
- Infection in the mouth
- Intense Pain
An aerosol is a small partical that can remain airborn for hours. They are subject to inhalation unless protective measures are in place. Protective measure against aerosols in the dental office include Personal Protective Equiptment (PPE) and Surgically Clean Air Purifiers. We use all of the above!
Please give us a call to reschedule your exisiting appointment if you:
- Have a fever 100 or higher
- Have shortness of breath or upper respiratory infection
- Have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19
- Have been told to self-quarantine by any other entity
- Have been to a known hot spot location in the last 14 days
- Are not feeling well or feel that you are in a high-risk group (over 60 or comorbidities)
The Covid-19 shutdowns and quarantines mean that everyone gets a little extra homework keep theire mouth healthy until their next appointment. Here’s what you can do to keep your smile healthy:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once per day.
- Eat Clean. Your diet plays an important role in your overall health.
- Avoid sugar. Sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
- Avoid tobacco. Smoking and chewing can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and eventually lead to oral cancer.
- Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to reduce the amount of plaque-causing bacteria.
- Drinks plenty of water
- Be quick to swap out your toothbrush
- Store your toothbrush away from other toothbrushes (and away from the toilet).
We look forward to seeing you in the dental office again soon for a proper cleaning!