dentist appointment during covid

Should I Cancel my Dental Appointment with COVID Cases on the Rise?

Dr Devine General Dentistry

dentist appointment during covidServing Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

Approximately 19 million cases of COVID have struck the U.S. Experts state that we are experiencing a second wave of the virus. But COVID-19 doesn’t negate the need to care for your health, specifically your teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene, addressing dental problems, and getting regular cleanings and exams is a necessary part of maintaining your oral health, as well as your overall health. Today on the blog, we’re sharing what you should do about your dental appointment since COVID cases are on the rise.

Health Benefits of Dental Cleanings

The American Dental Association recommends that every patient get their teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. For most healthy individuals that are not considered high risk, it is imperative to stick to your routine cleanings even during the COVID surge. Here’s why routine preventive dental care is essential for your health.

It reduces the risk of heart disease

Studies confirm that gum disease, a result of poor oral hygiene, directly relates to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. This also means a higher risk of a stroke.

It helps prevent diabetes

Treating gum disease can actually help stabilize blood glucose levels. This is crucial in preventing and managing diabetes. Additionally, if you have diabetes, it is crucial to practice good oral hygiene and get regular dental cleanings as recommended by your dentist.

 It may help prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease

According to one study published by Harvard Health online, oral bacteria that cause gum disease can make their way to the brain, destroy nerve cells, and in turn, lead to memory loss. The study consisted of 53 deceased individuals that had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers discovered significantly high amounts of oral bacteria in their brains. Practicing good oral hygiene of brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and getting your teeth cleaned twice a year could help prevent your risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

What’s good oral hygiene?

Part of maintaining good oral health isn’t just brushing and flossing at home, but also seeing the dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings. Everyone gets tartar buildup, no matter how well you brush your teeth. Tartar buildup can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. If ignored, harmful bacteria eventually erode the gums, jawbone and may lead to significant tooth loss, as well as the other health risks mentioned above.

When not to avoid going to the dentist

If you’re experiencing dental pain, do not ignore it. Dental pain doesn’t happen in healthy teeth. Therefore, if you experience a toothache, it likely could indicate an infection, which could turn into a serious health threat if left untreated. Emergency rooms are already inundated with COVID cases and other health emergencies. Additionally, ER doctors aren’t equipped to handle toothaches. It’s best to contact an emergency dentist that’s open near you if you’re experiencing dental pain or a toothache during the pandemic.

There are certain protocols you should follow when you must venture in public, such as wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, and practicing good hand hygiene to prevent catching or spreading COVID. But your Nashville dentists at Devine Dentistry are taking essential steps to protect patients and our team members. Learn more about our COVID Protocols and how we’re keeping you safe. From fogging each treatment room at the end of each day, taking temperatures daily, and using HEPA filters, and more, Devine Dentistry is focused on preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. A study published by the ADA states that dentists have the lowest risk of COVID, partly because we’ve long since practiced infectious disease control.

To learn more or schedule your next visit, contact Devine Dentistry by calling (615) 269-4209. We welcome patients of Green Hills, Belle Meade, and Nashville. If you are concerned about your health and safety in regard to your dentist appointment, we invite you to call our office. We are here to address any of your concerns.