Find the answers to all your dental-lockdown questions below!
Is it safe to visit the dentist??
At Sbenati Dentistry, we have implemented many strategies to ensure the safety of our patients: Controlled entrance, temperature checks, hand sanitizer, masks, sneeze guards and air purifiers Surgically Clean Air are all used to ensure your health and safety. We sanitize surfaces in between every patient, and to avoid unnecessary contact between patients we let those who arrive wait in their cars as we control entrance! We spare no expense or effort when it comes to the health and well-being of our patients.
What is considered a dental emergency?
In dentistry, an emergency could include an injury to the mouth and face, severe infection (such as an abscess or swelling), bleeding that continues for a long time or pain which cannot be managed by over-the-counter medication like Advil or Tylenol (Directly from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario). Let Sbenati Dentistry take care of your mouth with cost effective methods in the short term, so that you can save money on emergency treatment in the future! A filling now is cheaper than a root canal or extraction later.
Should I still visit my dentist regularly, even if it is not a dental emergency?
Yes. It is important for us to check on the health of your mouth and teeth. We want to avoid disease and emergency extraction, we can do so by providing regular checkups and cleanings. This way we do not unnecessarily strain the hospitals during this pandemic, and nip problems in the bud. Not to mention, those with better gum health are less likely to suffer severe COVID-19 symptoms. Your mouth is the gateway to your body, and oral health is a large part of your holistic health. Keeping your mouth clean and performing regular checkups can prevent regular illnesses as well!
Where should I go if I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?
First, you should contact your doctor. Schedule an in-person, telephone or Zoom appointment (among other video conferencing softwares). Telehealth Ontario is also a key hub for advising the public on options for in-person assessment (if deemed necessary). The Telehealth number is 1-866-797-0000.