Dentistry is Essential Health Care
The American Dental Association (ADA) respectfully yet strongly disagrees with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidance recommending delay of dental care. ADA emphasized the importance of oral health and how it is essential health care.
“Millions of patients have safely visited their dentists in the past few months for the full range of dental services,” Dr. Gehani said. “With appropriate PPE, dental care should continue to be delivered during global pandemics or other disaster situations.”
Tooth Wisdom: Why is oral health important?
Your mouth and teeth play a major role in your overall health and quality of life.
Studies have shown that gum disease increases a person’s risk of heart disease by 20%. This is because inflammation and bacteria from the gums can lead to the narrowing of important arteries.
Bacteria from the mouth can travel to the lungs and cause respiratory problems such as pneumonia.
Pain from cavities can cause impaired chewing, decreased appetite, sleep problems, trouble focusing on daily tasks, and lowered self-confidence.
Maintaining your daily oral hygiene, and going to your dental for dental exams and cleanings can help to keep your teeth healthy. If you notice swollen/red gums, bleeding, bad breath, sensitive/loose teeth, receding gums, or changes in your bite, let your dentist know!
Update on Procedures & Precautions
The health and safety of our patients, team members, and the community remain our top priority. Therefore, we have updated our standard operating procedure with additional protocols to ensure our infectious disease control policy is up-to-date, and adheres to the new guidelines and regulations provided by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Center of Diseases Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American Dental Association (ADA).