dental hygienist in pandemic protective clothing

Is it OK to Visit My Dentist During COVID?

The pandemic has added to the anxiety that some people may already experience when it comes to visiting the dentist. We want you to know that it is OK to visit your dentist during COVID-19. In fact, it could be even more important than ever before.

Any care that prevents or eliminates infection and preserves oral health is essential.  The American Dental Association Resolution 84H-2020 states “oral health is an integral component of systemic health and explains dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.”

Can I Go To My Dentist During A Lockdown?

Yes! We are excited to see you and your family members and to continue offering dental health care. We realize the pandemic has changed many things, but our commitment to your safety and your dental care remains the same.

At Susquehanna Dental Arts, we follow infection control recommendations made by the Department of Health (DOH), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

We will continue to update our infection-control procedures to make sure they are up to date and adhere to these federal health recommendations. We post these procedure updates on our website and on our social media platforms, but we also welcome you to call the office with any questions or concerns you may have regarding pandemic restrictions and our safety measures.

But Should I Go To The Dentist During COVID?

Your dental health plays a crucial role in your overall health. Actually, good oral health can help prevent COVID. We can offer safe and effective dental care during this critical time when a healthy mouth is going to put you in better prevention mode.

If you have time-sensitive dental issues, we encourage you to seek treatment as soon as possible. Tooth pain, broken teeth, swollen gums, bleeding, and loose fillings are all time-sensitive concerns and we wish for you to call our office if you are experiencing any of these dental issues or if you have any other concerns about your oral health.

Immediate dental treatment, when necessary, prevents further and more serious health concerns down the road.

Note: There are some instances where dental emergency services are needed without delay. Learn more about Emergency Dental Services at Susquehanna Dental Arts.

Should I Wear A Mask To The Dentist During The Pandemic?

Our patients must wear a mask upon arrival at the dental office. Call your dentist’s office prior to your visit to confirm its policies.

parking lot sign with COVID-19 instructions for dental patients

We ask that you limit the number of people who will accompany you at your visit and you will need to call us from the parking lot upon your arrival. You’ll need to answer screening questions when you enter.

When you first come into the office, we ask that you use the hand sanitizer we have available and we will take your temperature. If you answer in the affirmative (i.e. “yes”) on any of the screening questions or you have a fever above 100.4 degrees, we may refer you for COVID-19 testing.

Our waiting rooms no longer have magazines or children’s toys as these are difficult to clean and disinfect.

What COVID Precautions Is My Dentist Taking?

In addition to the screening, social distancing, and sanitizing procedures upon check-in, Susquehanna Dental Arts has installed HEPA 13 filters, which in our waiting room and in our clinical areas. These filters can block very small particles while letting air pass. The HEPA 13 filters down to .1 Microns; the COVID-19 is .125 Microns.

Additionally, we use a high-speed suction system that is 15% stronger than our previous system, which reduces the amount of water displaced into the air.

Hygienists are wearing gowns, double masks, goggles, and face shields for infection control.

Learn more about our Clinical Procedures for COVID-19 Risk Mitigation.

What Can I Do For Tooth or Gum Pain at Home?

First, please call our office to alert us to any tooth sensitivities and/or gum pain so that we can schedule an appointment.

But while you are waiting to visit us, the following home remedies may provide some comfort:

  1. Cold compresses: Place a bag of ice or frozen vegetables on your cheeks near the location where pain emanates.
  2. Salt Water: Rinse your mouth with a salt-water mixture (a few teaspoons of salt per cup of warm water).
  3. Carefully continue to brush your teeth and gums. Use a gentle touch while doing so, and do not stop caring for them.

As you are able, continue to brush at least twice and day and floss once a day. Our dental office has taken many measures to provide you with safe, oral health care during these unprecedented times. Dental health is so important, not just for your teeth and gums, but for your overall well-being.

We look forward to helping you maintain your health.