COVID-19 and Dental Care
The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought a lot of stress and uncertainty to our daily lives. The health and safety of our patients, team members, and the community remain our top priority. In order to take part in keeping our community safe and in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Dental Association (ADA), and State/county’s Executive Order, our clinical operation will be suspended during this period of time until restrictions are lifted. These policies and guidelines limit dental offices from performing any non-essential procedures to help slow down the spread of this coronavirus and to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for the front line medical professionals.
What if I am experiencing dental-related pain or problems during COVID-19?
Reach out to us! We encourage you to give us a call to inform us of your dental concerns. By doing this, we can let you know whether your concern would be classified as an emergency defined by the American Dental Association (ADA), or if we would have to schedule you at a later time when we resume operations as normal again. Even if you have a non-urgent dental problem, please let us know so we can make sure to see you as soon as we are allowed to. Because we are not seeing our regularly scheduled patients for exams right now, there may be a longer wait time for appointments once the mandate is lifted.
You may view the ADA’s current guide of What Constitutes a Dental Emergency? for more detailed information.
How to stay healthy?
Stay on a routine during this challenging time can be difficult. Doing your best to continue to brush, floss, and use of fluoride mouth rinse may go a long way in preventing future dental concerns.
During this stressful time, our muscles naturally tense up. Set reminders for yourself to relax your facial muscles and move your jaw around to reduce the tension that could potentially cause jaw pain. This may also help reduce teeth grinding.
While feeling stress and anxiety during this uncertain time, we are likely to crave comfort food and it may be difficult to stay on a meal schedule. Highly processed and shelf-stable food ites can contain ingredients that may stain and damage your teeth. Planning out groceries for meals and scheduling meal times to help space out your favorites throughout the week is one way to help you stay on track in maintaining well-balanced food choices.