As health officials seek to contain the coronavirus outbreak, unprecedented safety measures have been issued for our protection. We want to reassure you that Singing Hills Dentistry is also taking extraordinary measures to protect your health and well-being.
Why You Should Maintain Your Regular Dental Visits?
Your mouth is home to billions of bacteria; some are friendly bacteria while others are harmful. When your oral hygiene regimen is properly done and your immune system is intact, the harmful bacteria is kept in check. However, when oral hygiene habits are poor—including insufficient brushing or flossing and too few professional cleanings—the harmful bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
This tooth decay and gum disease create inflammation which, in turn, damages your gums’ blood vessels and allows bacteria into the bloodstream. By its nature, this bacteria not only evades the immune system, it manipulates it so the harmful bacteria can continue to survive. As your immune system weakens, your susceptibility to diseases like the coronavirus and other infectious illnesses increases.
This harmful bacteria can also trigger other health issues such as cardiovascular disease, heart disease, pneumonia and, for expectant mothers, premature birth and underweight babies. And, as health officials continue to warn us, the coronavirus is more likely to be contracted by those with underlying medical conditions.
Warning Signs of Oral Decay and Infection
If you are experiencing any of the following signs of bacterial decay or infection, we strongly recommend you come see Dr. Jamma to address the issue:
- Severe tooth pain
- Swollen face, cheeks or gums
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food or beverages
- Sensitivity when biting down
For patients who already have a compromised immune system, eradicating oral decay and infection is even more imperative.Of course, if you have any signs of illness, stay isolated and seek medical attention as warranted by coronavirus health guidelines.
Your Protection Against Exposure
As a healthcare provider, we are held to higher sanitary standards by law. We follow all OSHA requirements including fully sanitizing exam rooms between patient visits, sterilizing dental implements after patient visits and wearing protective gear such as medical gloves and masks.
To further protect you and the community, we’ve prepared this message to alert others to the connection between one’s oral health, immune system and bodily diseases—including viruses—and provide additional preventive tips.
Prior to Your Visit
We ask that you fill out our COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire before coming in for your appointment.If you are experiencing signs of oral decay or infection, do not ignore them. Come see us to get it rapidly addressed and eradicated as a health risk.
Best regards,Staff at Singing Hills Dentistry