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Is it Safe to see your Nashville Dentist Right Now?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused so much change throughout our society. It’s altered the way we work, how our children go to school, and how we spend our free time. With so much change, it can be difficult to maintain any semblance of a routine—but you should continue to see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. And, you can do so without worrying about COVID-19. In this article, our Nashville general dentists explain how going to the dentist is safe right now.

Your chance of contracting COVID-19 at the dentist is low. Extremely low

How low? Well, according to a recently released study by the American Dental Association, less than 1 percent of all dentists in the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus. That percentage is significantly lower than the case rates in other healthcare-related professions. The ADA survey gathered data from almost 2,200 dentists across the country. It’s the first report tracking COVID-19 rates among American dentists and comes after earlier warnings that dentistry had been tabbed as a high-risk profession for coronavirus exposure.

Why have dentists managed the pandemic so well?

Dentists have placed a significant emphasis on infection control for decades. When you go to the dentist, you can expect your dentist and dental care team members to be outfitted with gloves, goggles, and sometimes even a face shield. All that PPE was in use before the pandemic. At our Nashville general dentist office, we also have long since followed the CDC’s guidelines for disinfection and sterilization techniques, which haven’t changed since the dawning of COVID. However, our office has implemented some additional precautions such as prescreening patients prior to their appointment, only allowing the scheduled patient to enter the office, and limiting the number of patients allowed in the waiting area.

“The profession has taken this issue extremely seriously, and it shows,” Marko Vujicic, PhD, the chief economist and vice president of the ADA Health Policy Institute, said in an ADA press release. “We will continue to track the rate of COVID-19 among dentists and other facets of the pandemic affecting dentistry so it can help inform the dental profession and other industries as well.”

All ADA members also are committed to continuing to follow CDC guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes frequent hand washing, stringent sterilization practices, and disinfecting items and devices used for patient care. At Devine Dentistry, your dentists Brian Devine, Russell Mack, and Jeff Orr strive to make it safe for patients to visit our practice. Plus, even during a pandemic, you cannot afford to ignore other areas of health—such as your dental health. Remember that skipping cleanings can elevate your risk of issues such as tooth decay and gum disease, potentially leading to tooth loss, as well as serious and chronic conditions like cardiovascular disease.

Safe Dental Care During COVID-19 in Nashville

At Devine Dentistry, we’re committed to providing a comprehensive, pleasant, and safe dental experience for each one of our patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville in Tennessee. If you’ve let your dental care lapse during the pandemic, now would be a great time to get back on track. Contact our office by calling (615) 269-4209 to schedule an appointment.