Is It Safe To Go To The Dentist During Covid-19?

Dr. Loev's Team Masked and Ready to Care for Patients

Yes, it would be best if you still went to the dentist. But be careful. We know that many Americans hate visiting the dentist, but Covid-19 should not be an excuse to defer routine or critical dental needs. There is a direct correlation between oral health and overall health, and it has never been more important to stay healthy than now.  By now, we all know that social distancing is the best way to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus until there's a vaccine, while those pearly whites must be hidden behind masks when in public situations for the foreseeable future they should not be neglected.  

Most dental practices in the United States were ordered to shut down all but the most urgent care to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in mid-March, 2020. We were closed for 119 days, says San Francisco Cosmetic and Restorative Dentist Dr. Edward L. Loev, DMD. "I have been in practice for over 40 years, he said, and I have never closed down the office for more than a week," Dr. Loev says. "Like so many of my colleagues, my office has always been very focused on infection control and keeping our team and patients healthy. Despite our previous attention to detail and strict sterilization and infection control protocols, Covid-19 thrust our office and the whole nation into overdrive." Dental practices are adapting how they work in and around a patient's mouth to account for this complicated reality. Dentists are screening patients for symptoms by phone before scheduling, taking patient temperatures, and limiting the number of appointments in a day. In addition, they are implementing even more stringent sanitation protocols and wearing more protective equipment to guard against the respiratory disease.

As states across the country are beginning to relax, the stay-at-home restrictions, businesses, including dental practices, are starting to reopen and provide both preventative and emergency care. The way the service is delivered has changed based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization's suggestions, coupled with practical guidance from the American Dental Association (ADA). "Don't put off your regular cleanings and check-ups, which can compound future health issues, but be aware of the following changes that you might experience at your dental office." Says Dr. Loev

Because dental offices were already focused on infection control before the current pandemic, they were uniquely prepared to up their efforts and make sure that they keep patients safe. "All of us are aware that when we came back to practice, we were not coming back to a COVID-19-free world," says Hygiene dentist and former oral health professor Dr. Gad Heinic, DMD said. "So we're trying to compensate and — maybe — overcompensate a bit too. The dental office might be one of the safest places to be during this pandemic."

Ultimately the choice to visit your dentist is a personal one, and while it is very important for overall health, your psychological health must also be taken into account. If you are over 65 or are immunocompromised, maybe waiting isn't too bad as long as you make sure to do an extra good job of brushing and flossing. Now more than ever, dental health practitioners say people should be diligent about their personal health at home — whether it's focusing on their diet, exercise, or oral health. Even if you are trying to wait out this pandemic, if your teeth feel funny or sensitive, call your dentist and ask for advice and what they are doing to protect patients in their care. Preventative dental care is more comfortable and generally less expensive than emergency care, so stay ahead of the curve.

Dr. Edward L. Loev, DMD has been caring for his patients for decades from his dental office that overlooks San Francisco's Union Square. He and his team take pride in providing the best quality and most gentle dental care available. Over the years, they have transformed 100's of "non-dentist" people into people who enjoy their visits and take pride in their smiles. A dental relationship should be a positive one; make sure that you feel comfortable and cared for by your dentist if the experience is "meh…" then ask friends, family, and colleagues about their dentist. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and are in need or want of a new dentist, Dr. Loev and his team would love the opportunity to meet you and earn your trust and loyalty call them at 415-392-2072 or schedule an appointment online today

 

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