We hope that you and your family have stayed safe and maintained your sanity during the pandemic. These challenging times have changed our priorities and made it difficult to take care of ourselves the way we might have in the past. Isolation and fear of traveling have made many people put off needed dental care as well as preventive dental care. Untreated, silent dental issues go unnoticed without proper clinical exams and X-rays. These issues get more complex and expensive over time without treatment.
Your oral health also directly affects your overall medical health. Inflammation in your mouth from lack of care creates inflammatory hormones that circulate throughout your body. Decades of medical research has shown that these inflammatory hormones are a major risk factor that contributes to cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, cancers, GI conditions, low birth weight in pregnant women, and a host of other medical conditions. A compromised ability to eat comfortably, especially in older patients, will adversely affect nutritional status, which in turn can cause or aggravate multiple medical conditions. Your mouth is truly the window to your health.
Dental offices are one of the safest indoor environments! Dentistry has been at the forefront of infection control for decades, since the HIV/ AIDS crisis of the ‘80s. Back then, dentistry adopted an approach known as Universal Precautions. This means that all instruments, environmental surfaces and the entire office assumes that every patient is infected and uses the same protocols for sterilization and disinfection as if this were true. Every ethical dental office in the United States has been trained this way and should have already been practicing this for decades. The ADA has recently published a study showing that dentists and dental personnel have less than a 1% positivity rate for COVID-19, proving that these precautions are effective and in use. That doesn’t account for behaviors outside of the office, so the statistics bear out that dental offices are safe.
Please schedule a routine cleaning and checkup to stay healthy!