How to keep a good dental care routine while in quarantine

How to keep a good dental care routine while in quarantine
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The new Coronavirus crisis has lasted longer than expected. Several cities have been under lockdown for almost half a year, and since the spike in new cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19), it seems that we will need to wait longer for things to go back to normal. We have noticed that there are people who want to know how to keep an appropriate dental care routine, since they cannot or do not want to visit their dental office until things calm down. That is why in this article we will post an adequate dental care routine you can stick to so you can rest in your house until an actual dental emergency takes you to the dentist.

Brush your teeth three times a day

This is a piece of basic advice that has always been given. However, a lot of people have changed habits since being in lockdown, and they do not take the time to brush three times a day as before the quarantine. Use your preferred toothpaste and toothbrush and brush your teeth after every main food in your day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Brushing helps by removing food debris and bacteria from your mouth. If you leave your teeth without brushing, the food residues will create bacteria that will eat your tooth enamel, resulting in cavities and bad breath.

Floss at least once a day

There are places where the traditional toothbrush can’t reach. These places can be cleaned by flossing. Once that someone finished flossing, they should rinse the mouth and check for any food debris leftovers.

How to floss

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In a past Blog entry we already shared this information. However, the National Institute of Aging shared this guide on how to floss correctly:

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Try to reduce stress

A lot of the damage that our teeth take is due to bad stress coping strategies. These can be such as clenching teeth, biting objects (such as pen caps, clips, etc.), and so on.

This is why if you have been having difficulties with stress during this quarantine, you should try to look for alternative ways of relieving stress, such as meditation, electronic counseling, electronic psychotherapy, and so on.

Where can I go if I have dental problems in the Phoenix Metro Area?

you have a dental emergency, or you are looking for an affordable a good quality elective procedure, you can call us at Somos Dental. In Somos Dental we are offering emergency care and elective treatment during the Coronavirus crisis. We continuously clean, sterilize, and disinfect every corner, surface, machine, and tool in our dental offices while we only see one client at the time. In Somos Dental we want to do everything in our hands to control the Coronavirus Crisis. If you are looking for an affordable and high-quality dental service in the Phoenix Metro Area you can contact us through our different options, such as Facebook Messenger, phone call, Whatsapp, or e-mail. We are located in 5 different points: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa, and Camelback. Give us a call at 623-232-0089 if you have any questions.

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Most people are postponing much needed dental procedures, since they are not considered an emergency during the lockdown. Since the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis, many have not been able to get preventative medical and dental treatment as a way to stop the rapid growth of the virus. However, according to theArizona State Board of Dental Examiners, we have received orders that as of May 1st, dental offices will “re-open” for elective treatments. This means that dentists will no longer only offer emergency care, but will also start to offer services for elective procedures. This means that you will be able to get several pending procedures such as braces, teeth cleaning, implants, dentures, and so on. If you have a pending dental treatment that you have not been able to move forward with then you can visit us at Somos Dental for an affordable and professional service in the Phoenix area.

So, is it safe to visit the dentist now?

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Once the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic started to grow, every non-essential activity had to cease in order to flatten the curve and stop hospitals from overcrowding. Most basic health care units had to stop operations in fear of becoming focal infection centers. These included dental offices since they actually work with mouth fluids. The main concern is that even though every dental office is mandated to clean and sanitize their machines and tools, that this may not be enough precautions to deal with a virus. Once someone undergoes a procedure that requires the use of a drill or a scaler, there is the possibility that it can leave live viruses in the air up to 3 hours. Having potentially contaminated zones can be dangerous for both the patient and dentist, which was why the federal and state government had mandated to ceases non-emergency interventions.

At Somos Dental we know the risks of dental procedures and potential viral infections. That is why we use, clean, sanitize, and sterilize every machine, tool, and material that is involved in every single procedure. We also use air cleaners and purifiers in order to offer the safest possible environment for our patients.

What exactly falls under elective treatment?

Elective treatment includes several dental and aesthetic procedures that do not require immediate attention, since they do not present an immediate threat to the patient’s health. Many of these were not the specified conditions and procedures from the American Dental Association, which mainly applied to emergency care. Some of the new dental service procedures that can be attended to now are:

  • Braces
  • Braces maintenance/ tightening
  • Cleanings
  • Deep Cleanings
  • Implants
  • Dentures
  • Etc.

Why choose Somos Dental?

If you have a dental emergency, or you are looking for an affordable dentist in the Phoenix area, you can contact us at Somos Dental. We have taken special precautions with the Coronavirus crisis. We clean, sterilize, disinfect every surface, and we only see one client at a time. We can help you with an emergency dentistry and elective treatments. In conclusion, at Somos Dental we want to do everything in our power to slow down the Coronavirus pandemic that has been affecting the world. Make sure to give us a call or message us to find out if your case is considered an emergency. At Somos Dental we have a team of great professionals that can take care of your needs! If you do need to contact us for a dental emergency, you can do so through messenger on Facebook, by phone, or by email. We have 5 locations throughout the Phoenix Metro Area: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and, Camelback. We are open for limited days and hours so give us a call at 623-232-0089 if you have any questions.

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Dental Emergency and Coronavirus

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The U.S. has become the new global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. As of April 22, 2020, the United States has already broken the 800,000’s mark of COVID-19 cases. Regulations have been imposed for weeks now, however; they have been changing continuously as the virus has continued to spread across the country. Generally, restrictions have become stricter as new cases and deaths are being confirmed daily.

The whole country has been locked down in an attempt to slow the propagation of the virus. The State of Arizona has not been exempted since it has also been hit by the virus and many non-essential tasks, services, and errands will be postponed until further notice. These include non-urgent dental appointments, such as routine checkups and cleanings. Now here is some pertinent information to answer this important question:

Is it safe to visit the dentist?

That is the question that a lot of people with pending dental work and procedures are asking. The federal and state governments have mandated that dental offices can only see patients that have a dental emergency. This means that braces, cleanings, aesthetical implants, and most other cases are not to be seen until further notice.

Even though dental tools and machines are disinfected and sterilized, there is a problem with the COVID-19 virus. The coronavirus goes into the air after a dental procedure that uses a drill or a scaler, which leaves live viruses in the air for up to 3 hours. This can be dangerous for both the dental health practitioner and the patient. That is why the federal and state governments have restricted dental appointments to solely dental emergencies. This is a way to slow down the mass infections that have been taking place in the last weeks.

What is considered a dental emergency?

According to the American Dental Association, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the following guideline specifies what can be considered a dental emergency case, which will require immediate attention:

  • Bleeding that does not stop
  • Painful swelling in or around your mouth
  • Pain in a tooth, teeth or jawbone
  • Gum infection with pain or swelling
  • After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal)
  • Broken or knocked-out tooth
  • Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer
  • Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheek or gums
  • Biopsy of abnormal tissue

The full list of what is and what is not considered an emergency can be found in the following image.

Guidelines according to the American Dental Association

At Somos Dental we want to do everything possible to slow down the Coronavirus pandemic that has been affecting the world, that is why you should call or message us to find out if your case is considered an emergency. At Somos Dental we have a team of great professionals! If you need to contact us for a dental emergency, you can do so through messenger on Facebook, by phone or by email. We have 5 locations throughout the Phoenix Metro Area and they are open for only limited days and hours: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback. Give us a call at 623-232-0089 if you have any questions.

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Should I go to the dentist while coronavirus is going around?

So, how can you take care of your dental health during quarantine?

As of April 4, 2020 at 11:32 pm (MST), the United States of America is the country with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 (also known as ‘Coronavirus‘) in the world. This has led the president of the U.S. to declare a state of emergency for the entire country. Furthermore, several states have mandated social distancing and quarantines. Since we, Somos Dental, are located in Arizona (which has also been declared in a state of emergency) we have decided to comply with the American Dental Association and stop all elective dental treatment (such as, braces, cleanings, fillings, crowns, etc.) and only attend patients for dental emergencies. Right now, most health care providers have taken the same measures and precautions.

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So, Should I go to the dentist when there are coronavirus cases everywhere?

The short answer is no, unless you are in pain. You should not seek dental treatment unless there is a dental emergency. If you had an important dental appointment scheduled with us or with any dental health professional, please contact us, or try contacting your dentist through phone, email and social media is also a great way to get a faster response. Do not go out during these critical times, since you can put your overall health in danger, and others that fall under the category of at-risk individuals. Follow all instructions given by your state and do not visit any dental office.

So, how can you take care of your dental health during quarantine?

  1. Keep up your regular dental health routine. A healthy dental health routine includes brushing 3 times daily and flossing at least once a day.
  2. Do not use tools that can build up bacteria or viruses such as tongue scrapers.
  3. Avoid doing activities that can lead to dental damage.
  4. Avoid abusing foods and substances that can damage or corrode your teeth such as:
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Tobacco
  • Sweets
  • Etc.

In conclusion, pay close attention to your dental health. Any accident could leave you with damaged teeth for some time until social distancing is lifted, and you can get proper dental assistance.

Other general tips for the Coronavirus outbreak, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), are the following

  • Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1-meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
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  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene: Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early: Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider: Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

For any further information regarding Coronavirus updates, you can refer to the CDC webpage which is constantly being updated with helpful tips and important news. You can click here to be redirected to the CDC webpage.

At Somos Dental we have a team of great professionals! If you need to contact us for a dental emergency, you can do so through messenger on Facebook, phone or email. We have 5 locations throughout the Phoenix Metro Area and they are open for limited days and hours: Downtown, Desert Sky, Mesa and Camelback. Give us a call at 623-869-1091 if you have any questions.

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