It has been roughly a year and a half since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. For months many Americas were afraid to leave their homes or go anywhere in public. Necessary medical appointments were skipped including that visit to the dentist. “Putting off any visit to your dentist is never a good idea,” said Dr. Tony Thomas, lead dentist at Advanced Smile Care in North San Antonio. Just a few months into the pandemic, dental offices -which already adhered to a stringent set of safety procedures- roundly strengthen those measures to ensure patients and staff were as safe as possible. With coronavirus vaccinations now readily available, if you haven’t been back to the dentist, now is most certainly the time. Here are three reasons why.