Visiting the dentist is crucial for optimal dental care. Dentists are essential; so many remained open for emergency services when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit. Have you visited your dentist since March 2020? You’re not alone if you haven’t. Many people cancelled their dental appointments and went without their regular cleanings and checkups. Delaying appointments can have a long-term negative effect on you and your family’s dental care. The dentist is one of the safest and most important appointments to make in 2021.
Is Going To The Dentist Safe During COVID-19?
The short answer is yes! The COVID-19 virus is transmitted by droplets of saliva. Since dentists need to perform cleanings and dental procedures via the mouth, this poses a challenge for dentists. Although you may feel wary about allowing a dentist to perform in your mouth, you can rest assured that there are many precautions in place to keep you, your family, and all dental staff safe.
According to the Ontario Dental Association (ODA), all dentists must follow updated safety guidelines from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario and information from the Chief Medical of Health, when performing on patients.
Back in August 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO), recommended that people should delay routine and non-routine dental visits in areas where there was community transmission. The organization said that dentists should instead give their patients advice on how to maintain their dental hygiene from home.
WHO stated that dental workers were at a higher risk of catching or transmitting the virus. However, a new survey from the American Dental Association found that less than one percent of dentists worldwide tested positive for COVID-19. Experts say that safety policies and disinfectant practices help lower the rate of transmission. To decrease their chances of contracting the virus, Canadian dentists are also pushing to be on the priority list for receiving their COVID-19 vaccine doses.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also outlined general infection prevention and control guidelines for dentists to follow. These guidelines include recommendations for routine care and for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Dental experts say that delaying dental visits can increase your chances of developing dental infections. In worse-case scenarios, dental infections can worsen and lead to heart disease and other ailments.
Where To Get Dental Care In Barrie
Stroud Dental is open for routine dental care in Barrie, Innisfil, and surrounding areas. Your next dental appointment will look different. To keep you and your family safe, we’re following the recommendations and guidance from our regulatory bodies. Some of the extra precautions we’re taking include:
- Face shields and advanced PPE for all staff
- Screening of all patients when booking appointments
- Face masks for all patients when not in direct treatment
- High-efficiency HEPA filter systems in each room and waiting room
Please stay home if you’re experiencing any flu-like symptoms or if you’ve been in contact with anyone who has contracted the virus. We’re looking forward to seeing you again!