Since the coronavirus crisis began, many have been left with questions about the dental services available to them. Here are a few tips for keeping your mouth healthy during this extraordinary time.
What if my hygiene appointment was postponed?
It’s more important than ever to stay on top of your oral health, particularly if your cleaning was postponed. Although you may be spending more time at home, be sure to continue utilizing proper brushing and flossing techniques as part of your daily dental routine. Nutrition also plays a vital role in dental health, and limiting certain foods that can damage your teeth can go a long way toward preventing any new dental problems. In addition, the Oral Health Foundation offers some guidelines on how you can help curb the spread of coronavirus through better oral hygiene.
What is “essential” or “emergency” dental care?
MouthHealthy.org, an ADA website, helps us discern the difference between what might be considered “essential” or “emergency” treatment, and what appointments can be postponed to a later date. Some symptoms that would require emergency dental care are consistent bleeding, swelling, and pain, among others. Dental care that can be postponed includes regular exams, cleanings, and whitening treatment. If you’re unsure about whether or not you need emergency dental care, it’s important to give us a call anyway. Our doctors can help you determine whether or not you need immediate care and provide guidance on the next steps.
Is it okay to go to the ER for a dental emergency?
Colgate.com offers a number of reasons why it is always best to contact a dental professional rather than visit your local emergency room. These days, it is especially important that we keep local hospital beds free for COVID-19 patients. Remember, if you are experiencing dental pain or a dental infection, or otherwise believe you need emergency dental care, please contact us first.