Six months ago, our lives were put on hold as the novel COVID-19 virus spread into a global pandemic. Fortunately, infection control measures like face masks, social distancing, and extensive hand hygiene have made the transition out of quarantine and into our “new normal” possible. However, many patients are still hesitant to schedule their routine visits until a treatment or vaccine is available. If you have experienced similar concerns, then a dentist in St. Armand’s is here to share three important reasons not to postpone your biannual appointment!
#1. Additional Safety Measures Are in Place
Understandably, the most prevalent concern for many patients is the potential exposure to COVID-19. However, it is important to note that your dentist has been following significant sanitation measures put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention long before 2020. While these protocols already give them a distinct advantage in keeping you safe at your next visit, dental teams across the U.S. are implementing additional practices in light of the current pandemic. Some of these measures include:
- Daily health assessments (i.e., no-contact temperature checks, screening questions, etc.).
- Social distancing guidelines (i.e., virtual waiting rooms, spaced-out appointments, etc.).
- Extensive sanitation practices (i.e., air purifiers, cleaning after every appointment, etc.).
- Additional personal protective equipment (i.e., face shields, disposable coats, etc.).
#2. Routine Visits Catch More Than Just Cavities
All too often, dental checkups are looked at as simply a quick sweep for cavities followed by a professional cleaning. But your bi-yearly appointments can catch non-dental issues as well. In fact, 90% of health conditions have oral symptoms, which means your dentist can play a vital role in the early detection of diabetes, HIV, and osteoporosis (to name a few!).
#3. Your Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health
Considering the current pandemic, it is more important now than ever to keep your immune system and overall health in tip-top shape. However, if an infection in your mouth is neglected, it can wreak havoc on both. Not only can the harmful bacteria spread to your vital organs through your bloodstream, but it can result in serious health concerns, like cardiovascular and lung disease. Fortunately, your dentist can intervene in the early stages if you visit them regularly for checkups and treatment!
As the world continues to battle COVID-19, it is more important now than ever to keep your health in pristine condition. Fortunately, prioritizing your oral health can help! With this in mind, implement a solid dental care routine at home and make sure to schedule your routine appointment with your dentist.
About the Author
Dr. Shanaka L. Weerasooriya’s exemplary dental care is backed by a Mastery Level status in restorative and cosmetic dentistry from the prestigious Spear Institute, advanced training at the world-renowned Misch International Implant Institute, and memberships to multiple reputable organizations (including the American Dental Association). At Tarpon Shores, Dr. Weerasooriya uses his extensive experience, impressive clinical skills, and genuine passion for his craft to help his patients achieve beautiful smiles and immaculate oral health. If you are overdue for your biannual appointment, don’t hesitate to visit his website or give him a call at 941-388-4114.