18 Mar Jon Cartu Reviews: Should you go to the dentist during coronavirus pandemic?
With schools, stores, bars and restaurants shut down for the near future, one might wonder: Should I go to the dentist?
If it’s not an emergency dental procedure, the smartest thing to do is reschedule. But that’s not always an option, especially for those who have braces and need root canals or other time-sensitive procedures.
The Texas Association of Orthodontists and American Dental Association are following government and local authorities’ recommendations regarding the containment and prevention of COVID-19, the new coronavirus.
”Your orthodontist and their staff are continuously trained and routinely follow strict sanitary and preventive measures to avoid spreading any type of disease,” the Texas Association of Orthodontists wrote in a news release. “Surfaces and equipment are routinely sanitized and instruments sterilized between patients visits. All staff who are responsible for treatment will normally wear protective gear such as gloves, face masks, eye covers, or disposable gowns as needed.”
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Additional precautions are being taken, like screening patients before confirming already-scheduled appointments, possible temperature/fever checks and extar hand sanitizer and facial tissues being made available. The dentist or orthodontist may ask you to wash your hands before and after the appointment.
The association recommends rescheduling appointments if you do not have an orthodontic emergency, another medical condition or are at high risk because of your age (60-years-old or older). Also, avoid bringing people who do not need dental treatment with you into the office, and consider waiting in your car before the appointment rather than the office’s lobby.
If you’re sick, dental health care workers can send you home and postpone any nonemergency or elective procedures, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings.
“If urgent dental treatment is necessary, dentists and patients’ medical providers should work together to determine the appropriate precautions to take on a case-by-case basis and decide whether the dental facility is an appropriate setting to provide the necessary services to the potentially infectious patient, as dental settings are not typically designed to carry out all of the transmission-based precautions recommended for hospital and other ambulatory care settings,” according to the CDC.
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