Staying healthy, while always important, is especially crucial in this uncertain time. During this period, please remember that dental health is an important component of your overall health.
Postponing Elective Procedures
In mid-March the ADA recommended that dentists postpone all elective procedures due to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This will allow dentists to focus on dental emergencies which will take some of the burden from hospital emergency departments. Postponing elective dental procedures will also free up Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Only your dentist can tell you if a procedure is considered ‘elective’ or not; but, most procedures that are not ‘urgent‘ will likely be considered elective.
Don’t Ignore Possible Dental Health Problems
You should not ignore or downplay any pain or change you notice in your dental/oral health. It is always important to pay attention to any changes, pain, or numbness relating to your teeth, jaw, mouth, and gums. If you notice any of these things, call your dentist right away to get their advice on how to proceed. Dental issues can be serious health problems on their own, in addition it is possible for them to leave you at greater risk for any infection.
Keeping Up Good Dental Hygiene
Since you may be putting off some routine dental procedures, it is more important than ever to take good care of your dental health at home. Brushing, flossing, using a fluoride rinse (if recommended by your dentist), and avoiding prolonged contact with sugary or acidic foods and beverages are all essential for maintaining a healthy mouth.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Dental Health
Poor dental health can increase your risk for respiratory infections. Bacteria in the mouth can be carried to the lungs where it can cause infection. While COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a viral – not a bacterial – infection, secondary infections are a serious risk in any respiratory disease. Now is the time to take the best care of yourself that you possibly can. This includes good dental hygiene and being vigilant about any potential dental/oral health issues.
Please contact Dr. Steven Ghim if you have any questions or concerns about your dental health. Our team is here to help.