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COVID-19: What it does mean for dental care?

When COVID-19 first began to spread throughout the United States and then across Massachusetts, many healthcare providers and patients canceled appointments to protect one another and stay as safe as possible. That measure was helpful as our health departments and the CDC worked to learn more about the coronavirus, develop recommendations for safety while in public places, and secure adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and for Americans.

Today, the situation is different. Here are the answers to your most common questions about getting dental care during COVID-19.

Should I delay my dental cleaning?

No. Dental cleanings every six months (and every three months for some patients) help us identify dental problems while they are still minor and treatable. Skipping dental cleanings can lead to more extensive decay, gum disease, or infection, leading to loss of the tooth or teeth altogether and in some cases, serious infections that spread to nearby areas. When it comes to getting your teeth cleaned and having an examination during COVID-19, the benefits outweigh the risks.

What is First Street Smiles doing to keep me safe?

At First Street Smiles, all patients are screened prior to their appointment and again at the door for exposure to COVID-19 and signs/symptoms of COVID-19. Patients who may put others at risk are asked to reschedule until they are symptom-free and, if applicable, released from quarantine or isolation by the department of health. Additionally, our team members are wearing masks throughout the duration of your visit and following stringent cleaning practices to prevent the spread of COVID.

Should any employees of First Street Smiles be exposed to COVID-19 or develop signs and symptoms of illness, they will stay home until they’re cleared to work.

Should I reschedule if I’m not feeling well?

In order to keep all of our patients safe, we’ll ask you to reschedule your appointment if you are currently on isolation or quarantine, or if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • shortness of breath
  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • body aches
  • loss of taste or smell
  • congestion or runny nose
  • sore throat
  • diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting

Is it safe to get help for a dental emergency?

Yes, it’s still safe to see us for a dental emergency (and we know how painful and scary those situations can be). Please give us a call so we can screen you for symptoms and find a time to get you in with Dr. Rizza.

To learn more about dental health during COVID-19, to schedule your consultation appointment, or to get help for a dental emergency, give the friendly team at First Street Smiles a call today. We’re here to help!