During these unprecedented times, it is important to do your best to stay safe and stay healthy. Being educated with the most current information regarding COVID-19 will help you do so.
WHAT IS COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses known to cause respiratory-related illnesses in animals and/or humans. While coronaviruses have been around for some time, the most recently discovered form of coronavirus known as COVID-19 affects humans and has caused the current pandemic outbreak.
HOW DOES COVID-19 AFFECT DENTISTRY?
COVID-19 is primarily spread through droplets, which are generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. An individual may also contract COVID-19 after contact with a contaminated surface then touching his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Most procedures in dentistry are known as aerosol-generating procedures. This means that the use of hand pieces, ultrasonic scalers, air/water syringes, and polishing can create aerosols that allow droplets to spread through the air. For this reason, dental team members have always been diligent in upholding the most effective disinfecting and sterilizing methods to ensure the health and safety of all those who enter the dental practice.
OUR EFFORTS AGAINST COVID-19
While our team has always maintained proper infection control protocol, it is very important to us that our patients feel safe and comfortable while receiving their dental care. During your upcoming and future dental appointments, you will notice some changes we have implemented. We will ask that you wait in your car until we are ready to bring you in for treatment. We will be limiting the amount of guests in the office at one time and will be adding time after each appointment to allow for all additional infection control procedures to be completed; therefore, there may be less available appointment time options. Those who may be more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 including those with underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, COPD, diabetes, or cancer may be asked to delay their visit to the office. During your dental care, you may notice a change in appearance of our protective gear as well as choice of instrumentation. These are just some of the changes our team is making to ensure your safety.
We look forward to the day we can fully return to routine dentistry. Until then, please remember to wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, and wear a mask when in public. We can't wait to see you all again soon!
Keep flossing and remember to smile!
- Jennifer Corley, RDH and the Dublin Woods Team
Do you experience bleeding when brushing, flossing, or eating hard foods?
Do your gums look red and swollen?
If you've answered "yes" to either of these questions, you may be experiencing the early signs of gum disease.
Gum disease is characterized by inflammation of the gum tissue caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque. Gum disease progresses in stages:
-Gingivitis: the early stage of gum disease characterized by bleeding, red and swollen gum tissue. This stage is reversible.
-Periodontitis: stage in which gum inflammation has effected the underlying bone support for your teeth. This stage is irreversible.
-Advanced Periodontitis: stage in which gum inflammation and bone loss can cause teeth to shift, loosen, or need to be removed.
Routine dental visits in conjunction with an adequate home care regimen are key in preventing gum disease. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day help to remove the dental plaque that forms on your teeth each and every day. Incorporating a daily mouth rinse will also help decrease the bacteria count in your mouth. Routine dental visits allows your health care professionals to monitor any slight changes in your teeth and gums to maintain the integrity of your oral health. These healthy habits can help ensure the health and longevity of your smile!
Remember: you only need to brush and floss the teeth you want to keep!
-Jennifer Corley, RDH
Looking for an alternative to metal braces?
ClearCorrect is the clear and simple choice. No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient comfort—every reason to smile.
With ClearCorrect, your dentist at Dublin Woods Family Dentistry can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get a straighter, healthier smile.
How does it work?
You and your doctor will evaluate your teeth and talk about any problems or goals you have for your smile. Once you and your doctor establish ClearCorrect is the right treatment option for you, your doctor will take impressions, photos, and x-rays of your teeth that ClearCorrect uses in manufacturing your custom aligners. Then your doctor writes a prescription for your custom aligners and sends it to ClearCorrect.
What can it do?
ClearCorrect can treat a wide variety of issues that keep people from achieving their ideal smiles. Straighter teeth don’t just look better; they work better too. Poorly-aligned teeth can interfere with bite function, wear out quicker, and are more prone to cavities. Ask your doctor how ClearCorrect can help you.