29 Jan Why You Should Visit the Dentist During COVID
Have you put off a dental exam due to COVID-19 concerns? It is understandable if you have but consider that delaying preventive oral care or needed treatment may actually lead to bigger health issues. For example, untreated plaque buildup on our teeth can lead to periodontal disease, a systemic disease that can potentially travel to the lungs causing pneumonia, bronchitis, or other lung infections. It can also complicate conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Tooth decay and gum disease often occur without symptoms and can be detected early on only by a dentist.
PROTECTING PATIENTS AND STAFF AGAINST CORONAVIRUS
All dental offices must follow protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association to protect patients and staff from Coronavirus. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Sterilization and Disinfection of Patient-Care Items.
- Disinfection of treatment rooms, touch surfaces, lobby areas, and others.
- Using appropriate personal protective equipment and protocols.
- Scheduling patients apart to avoid patient-to-patient contact.
- Strict maintenance of hand and personal hygiene.
- Social distancing measures for patients and staff
As part of our commitment to keeping you safe, Imperial Dental Center has also added extra measures with advanced filtration and disinfecting technologies:
IQAir Dental Advanced Air Filtration System: This hyperHEPA filtration technology removes ultra-fine particles, viruses, and bacteria from the air, all the way down to .003 microns in diameter.
ULV Fogger: Ultra-Low Volume or ULV is a cold mist fogging machine that produces micro-droplets of disinfectant that float in the air for 10 minutes, killing bacteria on the spot. These droplets penetrate small cracks and crevices that conventional cleaning may miss.
Ultra-violet light hand-held and mobile unit for disinfecting: UVC handheld sterilization quickly decontaminates worktop surfaces, walls, and dental tools by eliminating 99.9% of harmful microscopic bacteria, viruses, molds, and germs.
NanoSeptic Self-Cleaning Surfaces: NanoSeptic surfaces utilize mineral nano-crystals which create a powerful oxidation reaction and continually oxidize organic contaminants. Non-toxic, made without heavy metals or chemicals the NanoSeptic sterilizes touch surfaces such as doorknobs.
With her first priority being the health and wellness of staff and patients, Dr. Angelova received her first COVID vaccine in December 2020, as well as her second dose on January 22, 2021.
While we remain diligent to take every step to ensure your comfort while in our care, there are additional steps you can take at home to promote a healthy mouth.
TIPS FOR PREVENTIVE ORAL CARE
Brush, Floss, and Rinse
- Brush gums, the roof of the mouth, and tongue 2 times per day for 2 minutes.
- Floss once per day in the evening.
- Gargle with an alcohol-free mouthwash.
Replace Toothbrush/Electric Toothbrush Head
- Every 3 months.
- After any illness.
- When the bristles are frayed and outwardly bent.
See Your Dentist
- For routine dental exams and cleanings.
- To stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth.
- For preventive health management.
At Imperial Dental Center, we are committed to providing the best oral care to our patients, with a highly trained staff, exceptional customer service, and state-of-the-art dental technology. Contact our office today at (281) 265-3567 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Dragana Angelova
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