The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives in more ways than we can count. One of the ways it has affected us is by limiting our regular access to basic medical care, which includes dental appointments. While we all need to do our part to help prevent the spread of the novel virus, it is important to know how to manage your oral health as things remain in a state of lockdown. Weston Dental Office has some suggestions to help you properly manage your dental appointments during this crisis.
Will COVID-19 Affect Dental Care?
As of March 16, 2020, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) has called for all dental chambers to cease or postpone non-essential care. This call was put forth in an effort to help slow or stop the spread of COVID-19. While the closure or cancellation of regular appointments may be distressing, allowing dental offices to focus on urgent and emergency care only will help reduce the strain on hospital emergency departments.
Some cities and provinces are looking to relax social distancing mandates and business closures in May, and dental offices will follow the guidelines outlined by their province. When paired with the dentist professional judgment regarding infection rates, the province mandates will be best to determine when dental offices can reopen for regular appointments.
Aside from these mandates, dentist, office workers, and other staff should follow personal protective equipment usage guidelines to better protect both their patients and themselves. While many dental chambers may open once allowed for regular business, some may choose to remain closed for a longer duration. Do not hesitate to call our office if you have questions about our plans for the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Understanding what types of dental care can wait and which are considered an emergency will help you to plan when to visit your dentist. Contacting your dentist directly is the best way to find out which services they offer during this period. However, here is a simple guide to help determine what is an emergency and what can wait.
Non- Emergency Dental Services
- Scheduled cleanings
- Regular exam
- Basic x-rays
- Scheduled braces adjustments
- Non-painful tooth extraction
- Tooth whitening
- Non-painful cavity treatment
- Cosmetic dental procedures
Emergency Dental Services
- Trauma (an injury to the mouth and face)
- Severe infection, such as an abscess or swelling
- Bleeding that continues for a long time
- Dental pain that can’t be managed by over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or Advil
Taking Care of Your Oral Health
Now more than ever, it is important to pay attention to your oral health and dental hygiene. Make sure that you brush and floss at least twice a day to help prevent dental emergencies that may not be able to be addressed at this time. If you require emergency treatment, always call your dentist as soon as possible. For more information regarding oral health during the COVID-19 outbreak, give our Toronto dentist a call at (416) 247-1928 today.