dentist pandemic

Should you visit the dentist during a pandemic?

In 2020, the way we think about the world and our healthcare changed dramatically. The rise of COVID-19 and its continued spread have impacted families across the world, including in Great Neck, Briarwood, and New York as a whole. The terms “quarantine” and “social distancing” are now part of our daily life and vocabulary. And so many have been impacted by financial changes that coincided with the pandemic. In this wild year, it’s possible that oral health fell off your radar. We totally understand! But, according to the American Dental Association, dental care should absolutely continue to take place, even during this pandemic.

Dental Care Is Still Important

In November, the ADA issued a statement attributed to ADA president Daniel Klemmedson. In it, they reinforced the importance of regular dental treatments, noting: “At this point in time, the American Dental Association (ADA) firmly believes dental care can continue to be delivered safely. The guidance recommended by the ADA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to safeguard the health of the public. Dental care is essential health care. Regular dental visits are important because treatment, as well as prevention of dental disease, helps keep people healthy.”

Of course, practicing safely is also important. To ensure your safety and health during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented new measures and procedures and will provide you with sanitization materials during your visit. While things might look a bit different in our clinics, we’re still working to provide you with optimal care, whether you’re having a root canal, being fitted for dentures, getting fillers, or just coming in for regular cleaning and check-up.

Our team, along with the ADA, also asks that you take measures to protect yourself and others. If you’re sick, stay at home. We’ll be happy to help you schedule a future appointment for when you’re feeling better. 

“If you start feeling ill with the symptoms of COVID-19 within two days of your appointment, call the dental office,” the ADA advises. That’s because you may have already been unknowingly carrying the virus at the time of your appointment. In that situation, anyone who came into contact with you during that time–from our receptionist to our techs–could be at risk for getting sick, too.

Stay on Top of Your Oral Health

Keep in mind that oral health during this time isn’t just about you. It’s also important that your kids are receiving proper treatments. Tooth decay doesn’t stop during a pandemic, but more time at home due to virtual learning can help you stay on top of it. Make sure your little ones are brushing twice a day. In addition, try to avoid sugary snacks and drinks, and instead swap them for healthy options, like veggies and water. Kids are always welcome in our clinics, and we’re being diligent about maintaining a clean, safe place for them to have a screening or touch base about ongoing dental issues. 

We are hopeful that the COVID-19 pandemic will soon be behind us. Until then, we’ll keep working with the experts and our patients to continue providing quality, safe services.