Dental offices were largely shuttered across the Georgia after being advised in March by the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to close their practices to all but emergency care. Many have closed entirely.
The hope was that by allowing dentists to continue to treat serious cases, those patients would stay out of hospital emergency rooms, where medical workers were busy treating severely ill Covid-19 patients. And because the personal protective gear dentists and other health care providers need was in short supply, routine dental checkups and cleanings were deemed nonessential at least initially.
Despite all the potential risks, the good news is that both the WHO and the CDC say there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 transmitted in a dental office to date.
Although a weekly survey by the ADA of dental practices nationwide found that the volume of patients had reached 65% of pre-COVID-19 levels as of June 22, we know at least some patients continue to be worried enough to stay away, even if they’re in pain or overdue for important procedures such as gum surgery.
Delaying checkups or care for dental pain can potentially turn a small cavity into a root canal or tooth extraction and add to treatment time, higher costs and even more pain,
Remember, dentists have a vested interest in taking all possible precautions. We are typically 12 to 18 inches away from our patients, and to do our work we have to lean close in to what currently is the most infectious part of a person if they have COVID-19 — their mouth.
Remember, infectious disease specialists note, that we all have important responsibilities as patients to let the dentist know before or on the day of the appointment if you’re feeling sick in any way. We’re all in this together, so if you’re sick, stay home. Contact us and reschedule.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
Howard Abrahams, DDS
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Sandy Springs, GA 30328
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Chamblee, GA 30341