Dental Visit During COVID-19

Posted by Dr. Boger on May 11 2021, 09:46 AM

Today, we all are in the midst of a pandemic — the novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 or more commonly referred to as COVID-19. These are unique and unprecedented times when keeping good care of ourselves is the best thing we could do. This is also the first time that the entire world is put under lockdown with strict rules. 

The spread of COVID-19 has turned our lives completely upside down, including the way we accessed healthcare. And dental care is no exception. The dental field is one of the most collaborative fields where it requires the doctor to be nearby. Consequently, the risk of infection is high. 

So, what are all the things you should consider if you are planning to visit your nearest dental clinic? Read on!

When Should I Visit a Dentist?

Before marching towards the clinic, it is important to understand if it is an emergency or not. To determine this, look for these signs that you have an emergency:

  • Swollen cheeks or gums
  • Toothache
  • Bleeding
  • Dental accidents and emergencies

If it is an emergency, go to the clinic at the earliest possible time. If not, wait for the best time.

Do I Need to Make a Prior Appointment?

It is advisable to make an appointment because of the following reasons:

  • To minimize the waiting time 
  • To minimize the number of patients in the waiting area and to ensure social distancing is maintained. 
  • The time taken to prepare the dental operatory has also become longer because of the elaborate safety protocol to be followed. A prior appointment is needed. 

What Precautions Do We Need to Take?

  • Participate in the pre- and post-appointment screening and please be honest with your dentist. 
  • Strictly keep to the appointment time.
  • Avoid wearing any kind of accessories like a watch or jewelry.
  • Cultivate a habit of doing transactions online. 

What Do I Do in the Meantime?

This coronavirus will indeed be with us for some time to come. So, it is essential to take good care of our oral health as it is nearly impossible to get an appointment with your dentist immediately during these times.

  • Brush your teeth twice every day for at least two to three minutes.
  • Always use fluoride toothpaste as it provides a lot of benefits.
  • Avoid sticky foods like sugar, hard candies, etc. 

Boger Dentistry assures you 100% dental hygiene practices in compliance with the safety precautions recommended by authorities. For scheduling appointments in advance, call us or schedule an appointment via our website now!


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