When future generations learn about 2020, one word will be consistently written across their textbook pages: Coronavirus. Over the past nearly six months, our lives have been completely retrofitted to include face masks, social distancing guidelines, and significant sanitation practices. While these infection control measures are crucial for everyone to follow, they are especially important for patients whose age or medical condition makes them particularly vulnerable to the symptoms of COVID-19. Since taking extensive precautions to limit their exposure is crucial, a dentist is sharing four common concerns of at-risk patients.
#1. How Can I Protect Myself and My Loved Ones from Contracting COVID-19?
For patients who are most vulnerable to the symptoms of COVID-19, taking specific actions to prevent transmission is crucial. Fortunately, significant infection control measures put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have played a crucial role in flattening the curve and making the transition into the “new normal” possible. To ensure that you and your loved ones are protected, make sure to:
- Practice significant hand hygiene, even in your own home.
- Follow stay-at-home mandates.
- Wear a face covering.
- Adhere to social distancing guidelines.
#2. I’m Overdue for My Routine Visit, but How Do I Know It’s Safe?
Due to the current pandemic, many patients wonder if postponing their routine visit is the responsible thing to do. However, it is important to remember that your oral health affects your overall health. Plus, your dentist is an expert in infection control! A large portion of their education and advanced training was centered around creating a sterile environment and preventing cross-contamination. Plus, dental teams across the U.S. are implementing additional sanitation measures in light of COVID-19, so don’t hesitate to ask your dentist about their dental safety protocol.
#3. What Can I Do to Protect Myself at My Bi-Yearly Visit?
Over the past few months, dentists have re-designed their daily operations to include social distancing guidelines, additional personal protective equipment, and extensive sanitation practices (to name a few!). However, you can also play a role in creating a virus-free environment by using contactless greetings, wearing your face covering outside the dental chair, and washing your hands before and after your appointment. From there, make sure to follow your dental team’s instructions regarding virtual waiting rooms, teledentistry follow-up visits, and at-risk patient hours.
#4. Are There Additional Safety Measures I Should Practice?
Almost six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks, social distancing guidelines, and hand hygiene are now routine. Nevertheless, there are additional measures you can take to limit your exposure and provide yourself with an additional layer of protection. For example, you can:
- Opt for delivery options for your groceries, medications, etc.
- Use hand sanitizer when washing your hands with soap and water isn’t available (like in your car).
- Eat a vitamin-rich diet with plenty of leafy greens, healthy fats, and good protein.
- Consistently drink water throughout the day.
- Practice good oral hygiene at home, which can prevent you from experiencing a dental emergency.
Navigating life during a pandemic can be anxiety-inducing, especially for at-risk patients. Fortunately, your dental team is dedicating their time, skills, and resources to creating a pandemic-friendly office. That way, you can get the oral care you need without compromising your safety!
About the Practice
At Evergreen Dental Group, a wide array of dental services, seven talented doctors, and world-class customer service come together to create a truly exceptional experience. So, whether you are looking for a family dentist, need a routine cleaning, want to upgrade your smile, or require a same-day visit, their team is ready to help! If you would like to speak with their staff directly about concerns you have, don’t hesitate to visit their website or give them a call at 303-674-5566.