As the world continues to battle the novel COVID-19 virus, it is more important now than ever that we each do our part to limit the transmission. Fortunately, infection control measures like face coverings and significant hand hygiene have made the transition out of quarantine and into our “new normal” safe. However, since extensive research is still underway, many patients wonder if putting off their routine visit is the responsible thing to do. If you have found yourself thinking something similar, then your dentist in Orange Park is sharing four reasons you should reconsider.
Reason #1: Your Dentist Is an Expert in Infection Control
Before COVID-19, your dentist took extensive measures to follow the high sanitation and safety standards set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. In fact, a large portion of their schooling and training was centered around that very topic! While those protocols continue to play a crucial role in practicing proper infection control and preventing cross-contamination, dental teams across the U.S. are implementing additional measures as well. That way, you can get the oral care you need without compromising your peace of mind during the pandemic.
Reason #2: Regular Appointments Catch Non-Dental Issues
All too often, patients justify forgoing their routine visit if they don’t have any symptomatic teeth. However, bi-yearly appointments serve a bigger purpose than just checking for cavities and tooth decay. After all, 90% of health conditions have oral symptoms, which means your dentist can play a crucial role in the early detection and intervention of osteoporosis, diabetes, HIV, and cancer. So, make sure to prioritize your regular visits for the sake of your oral and overall health.
Reason #3: Your Teeth Need Some Post-Quarantine TLC
For many, self-isolating led to lots of snacking with no visits to the dentist on the horizon. While indulging in some of your favorite foods isn’t inherently bad, frequently opting for sugary drinks, crunchy foods, and dark wines can wreak havoc on your teeth. Now that the stay-at-home orders are being lifted, you may find that your smile has taken on a yellow tinge or has some new cracks. Fortunately, your dentist can conduct a dental exam, address any problems, and provide your teeth with a professional cleaning to restore your bright, healthy smile!
Reason #4: Your Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Health
During a pandemic, it is more important now than ever that your overall health and immune system are in tip-top shape. However, if an infection is neglected in your mouth, then it could wreak havoc on your entire body. In fact, the harmful bacteria can enter your bloodstream and negatively impact your heart and lungs, which can result in cardiovascular and lung disease. This can be especially anxiety-inducing amid the COVID-19 outbreak, so make sure to schedule your routine visit to ensure your oral health is in pristine condition.
If you have found yourself contemplating pushing off your routine visit, then you are not alone. However, it is crucial to your oral and overall health that you prioritize your bi-yearly visits during COVID-19!
About the Author
Dr. Matthew Nawrocki received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida before earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Since then, he has completed a three-year residency in prosthodontics, obtained a master’s degree in dental science, and opened his practice in Orange Park. If you would like to speak with him about scheduling your bi-yearly visit, don’t hesitate to visit his website or give him a call at 904-272-1588.