Along with all the challenges we face with social distancing to stay as safe as possible against COVID-19, an important question – especially for seniors – is what to do about dental care.
In an effort to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus, the American Dental Association issued a recommendation to all dentists to postpone elective procedures. This includes routine dental cleanings, routine dental check-ups, aesthetic dental procedures, and more.
However, emergencies and urgent care needs can happen. If you have a dental emergency, you should get treatment immediately. Dental emergencies, according to the ADA, “are potentially life threatening and require immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding [or to] alleviate severe pain or infection.” Conditions include uncontrolled bleeding; cellulitis or a soft tissue bacterial infection with intraoral or extraoral swelling that potentially compromises the patient’s airway. Urgent care includes abscesses, bacterial infections that cause in localized pain and swelling, or a tooth fracture causing pain. If you suspect you have any of these issues, call your dentist immediately, and explain you may have an urgent matter.
What else can you do in the meantime? Make sure you continue to brush, floss, and take care of your teeth. Plus, use this time as an important reminder of the importance of ongoing dental care and insurance that will help cover these costs. If you haven’t, enroll in your association’s dental plan. Learn more online at http://www.ambadentalvision.com/ or call 866-979-0497.