Our office has been opened for about 3 months after the lockdown from March to May. We are fully aware of the current Covid-19 situation in our country and especially our local community so we are trying our best in our daily practice to create the safest environment for dental care.
I know many of you are still debating whether it is a good time to go to the dental office. The good news is there hasn't been a single reported covid case contracted in dental office in the country. Another good news is the positive covid cases and covid -related mortality in Temecula valley are relatively low, in comparison with the rest of Riverside county and California state, so we are actually in a better and safer position in our local community.
At the same time, we do witness an upswing of dental emergencies including toothache, wisdom tooth pain, dental abscess and worsened gum infection, due to delayed dental care. As a result, many people with systemic diseases including diabetes, hypertension, heart, lung and kidney problems are experiencing worsened medical conditions due to infection of teeth and gum, which is an integral part of human body. This, in turn, makes them more prone to Covid-19 infection. A newest study suggests a link between gum disease and Covid-19 (Reference 1). This study supports the previous finding by British researchers who found connection between poor oral hygiene and severity of Covid-19 (Reference 2).
Dentists have long been known as the infection control experts in all categories of health care providers, due to the unique nature and setting of dental care. Our office has long been proud for social distancing by prescheduling patients to avoid congregation, and limiting the size of team (only three team members including myself). In the era of Covid-19, we are implementing even more strict measures to safeguard our patients and our team. Below is an update of the current infection control measures in our office:
Please stay safe and healthy! We look forward to seeing your smiles again! Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions!