avoiding dentist can make you susceptible to covid

Could Avoiding the Dentist make you Susceptible to COVID-19?

Dr Devine General Dentistry

avoiding dentist can make you susceptible to covidServing Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

Making regular trips to your dentist keeps your teeth looking good, functioning as they should, and also helps you maintain fresher breath and whiter teeth. However, did you know that skipping dental appointments, or never going could increase your risk of COVID-19? Recent events have produced another reason to keep seeing your dentist for check-ups; it can lower your risk of COVID-19. Keep reading to find out how.

How lack of dental care relates to coronavirus susceptibility

In 2020, COVID-19 changed our entire world. It altered the way we work, go to school, shop, socialize, and travel. Science worldwide has focused on learning more about the disease, how it spreads, and how it can be treated. One study published recently in the British Dental Journal investigated a possible link between COVID-19 and bacterial load or the total presence of bacteria in the body. The study found that the same comorbidity factors for those with the highest risk of complications due to COVID-19 also cause imbalances in the oral microbiome that can lead to, among other possible consequences, gum disease.

When it comes to gum disease (also known as periodontal disease), you might not know about the possible associated health risks. Stemming from a bacterial infection of the gums, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss, the deterioration of the supporting bone structure in the mouth, and malnutrition. Left untreated, gum disease does permanent damage to your oral health and raises your risk of other chronic, potentially life-threatening disorders—including heart disease. One study released in 2008 found that good oral health can lower the risk of respiratory infection and that 1 of 10 elderly deaths related to pneumonia may have been prevented by maintaining better oral hygiene. In summary, taking care of your teeth and mouth can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Protect Yourself Against Periodontal Disease… And COVID-19

Remember that famous Benjamin Franklin quote: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Your best defense against gum disease is preventing it from developing in the first place—by brushing and flossing daily, in combination with regular check-ups at your Nashville family dentist office – Devine Dentistry. We offer a comprehensive program of periodontal treatment that includes repetitive therapy, which combines scaling and root planing to perform a dental deep cleaning; and laser therapy, which removes infected gum tissue with our precise dental laser and does so with less discomfort, bleeding, and risk of infection than traditional gum surgery using a scalpel.

Worried about seeing the dentist during a pandemic? Don’t be!

At Devine Dentistry, we’re taking all recommended measures to keep our staff and our patients safe from COVID-19. We follow all local, state, and federal guidelines to continue to provide the highest possible level of oral care to our patients in the communities of Green Hills, Belle Meade, and Nashville in Tennessee.

Our mitigation protocols related to coronavirus include:

  • Taking temperatures of team members and patients upon their arrival to the office
  • Installing HEPA filters in our treatment rooms and lobby
  • Limiting capacity in our waiting room to four people at any one time
  • Thorough disinfection of treatment areas between patient appointments
  • Daily disinfectant fogging of the entire facility
  • Screening patients daily with a questionnaire regarding their symptoms and exposure to COVID-19
  • Team members and patients are required to wear a mask

We also follow all protocols advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to cleaning and disinfecting. These practices have been in place since before COVID. When you visit our Nashville dental office, you can be assured you’re stepping into a clean, safe environment!

Dentists in Nashville, Green Hills, and Belle Meade

Don’t let concerns about the coronavirus keep you from the professional oral care you need. Remember, good oral health is crucial to overall wellness. If you’ve let your schedule of dental appointments lapse, there’s no better time than right now to get back on track. Make an appointment at Devine Dentistry today by calling (615) 269-4209.