Now that most of Texas has opened up and medical practices are once again taking patients, it is of the utmost importance that you take care of all medical needs as they arise. That includes routine trips to the dentist. However, not everybody is comfortable returning to their dental office.
A recent poll conducted by the North American Dental Group showed:
-71% of Americans are uncomfortable with visiting their dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic for non time-sensitive procedures
-43% of Americans have either delayed a dental check-up, a needed dental procedure, or developed a new dental issue during social distancing
-42% had confidence their dentist is prepared to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at their office
“Maintaining good oral health is a must for all patients,” said Dr. Tony Thomas, lead dentist at Advanced Smile Care in North Central San Antonio. “Even though there is a pandemic, gum disease, cavities, and enamel wear do not take a break, which is why it is imperative you continue see your dentist regularly.”
It is even more important if you have a dental emergency. The American Dental Association says every 15 seconds, someone visits a hospital ER for dental conditions in the United States.
“Protect our doctors, our first responders and our nurses,” said Dr. Thomas. “More than ever, an ER is the last place where we want someone with a dental emergency to be receiving care.”
When patients return to their dental provider they will likely see some changes that may include the following:
- Improved water filtration and disinfection procedures to reduce bacteria
- Enhanced counter disinfection solutions
- Plastic face shields and longer disposable gowns worn by dental staff
- Pre-treatment temperature readings and antiseptic mouth rinses for staff and patients
- More disposable supplies and equipment used for treatment
“When you do come into our office, make sure you continue to practice social distancing,” said Dr. Thomas. “Wearing a mask is also required for anybody entering our building.” Patients should know that their dental provider is taking safety precautions seriously to make sure all patients and employees are as safe as possible.