Safe Dentistry Amidst the Spread of the Corona-virus

Safe Dentistry Amidst the Spread of the Corona-virus

Jul 01, 2020

The Corona-virus has hit the world with a bang. Although the first traces of this pandemic virus were detected in Wuhan, China, in the last phase of 2019, 2020 has been infested with widespread of the COVID-19.

Every nation is trying its way to combat the community spread of the Corona-virus, but very few have succeeded in the endeavor. Social distancing is the only way to stop gathering at a place and stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, as the medical fraternity is yet to invent a vaccination or immunization against this apparently “tame” virus.

The Corona-virus spreads through the bodily discharge of an infected person. Sneezing, coughing, spitting in public places has been declared an offense in some nations to restrict the spread of the COVID-19, while some authorities have made covering the face in public place mandatory.

The Corona-virus and Dentistry

In the present COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the dentists, auxiliaries, and patients undergoing dental treatment are at the highest risk of infection. Most of the dental procedures, be it treating dental emergency or teeth whitening, the treatments require close contact with the patient’s oral cavity, saliva, respiratory tract secretion, and blood. Asymptomatic patients may be carriers, and human saliva is rich in the COVID-19 viral load.

You cannot avoid dental emergency treatment, and it is suggested to maintain all possible precautions while undergoing dental treatment. Your oral health can portray the overall health of your body and the immunity level.

What is Emergency Dentistry?

It is essential to understand the subtle difference between a standard dental ailment that can be treated in due time and a dental emergency that can pose a threat to your health and require immediate medical attention. In the outbreak of the pandemic effect of the Corona-virus, dentistry needs special precautions to avoid the spread and contamination of this disease.

The first thing you need to do is reassess whether the dental issue that you are facing is a dental emergency and whether you need to pay a visit to the dentist immediately. It is you who can decide on your present state before visiting the dentist, and answering the questions might assist in determining your state.

Severe and unbearable pain, accompanied by swelled and bleeding gum, can be a dental emergency, and you would need to rush to the dentist. A chipped tooth that is causing persistent inconvenience and pain is a dental emergency. You would also need to visit the dentist after an accident or dental trauma. If you have a knocked-out tooth, it is better to try and put it back in the socket. Otherwise, preserving the same in a container and bringing it to the dentist can be helpful.

Reducing the Chances of Cross-Infection

The spread of the Corona-virus is in geometric progression, and each day the infected toll is leaving behind the toll of the previous day. Under such circumstances, most clinics have postponed regular dental checkups or dental whitening. But you cannot ignore a dental emergency and need immediate attention from the dentist.

The dentist should maintain adequate safety precautions due to the high risk associated with the oral cavity examination. Covering of the face and use of disposable gloves is a must. But what is more dangerous is the instruments that the dentist might use to examine you.

The COVID-19 virus can potentially survive on the surface for several days. Premises and areas around the clinic should be sanitized after every visit of the patient to reduce the chances of the spread of the Corona-virus. The bio-burdens should be disposed of as per laid down procedures, and service of professional cleaners might be taken.

The floors and washrooms of the dental clinic should be thoroughly disinfected with industrial disinfectants. If possible, disposable instruments may be used for a dental examination as the oral cavity is a hotspot of the COVID-19 virus.

The Emergency Clinic

A Family Dental Clinic is where you can be assured of the best treatment for a dental emergency. The Kennewick dentists are well sanitized and experienced to take good care of you during the outbreak of the Corona-virus.

To reduce the chances of the spread, we are open only to treat dental emergencies. With personalized approaches, A Family Dental Clinic is worth paying a visit.