Don’t Skip the Dentist During the Pandemic!
Experts recommend that you should visit the dentist once every six months for a checkup and cleaning. However, during the pandemic, you may be concerned about coming into the office for regular dental care. Here are some reasons why visiting the dentist is not only beneficial for your health and wellness but also important during the pandemic!
Why frequent checkups matter:
Even if you have an excellent at-home dental hygiene routine, it is important to visit your dentist often. Dentists remove harmful bacteria before it travels through your bloodstream, check your mouth for oral cancers, prevent tooth loss by catching and treating gum disease, and promote whole-body wellness. Your biannual visits at our office help detect any issues early, which can be lifesaving or tooth-saving in some cases.
Untreated or ignored oral health problems can cause serious issues. Gingivitis left unchecked might progress into periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss. Oral cancers that are diagnosed early have the best prognoses and longest average life expectancies. At Bowen Legacy Dental, we also check airways at every appointment, ensuring that you are breathing and sleeping properly. Undiagnosed airway issues can cause lasting physical and mental health repercussions—from heart disease and migraines to depression and obesity.
People may be hesitant to visit a dental office during the pandemic. However, caring for your oral health provides numerous total-body wellness benefits. There is a strong correlation between oral health and overall health. Poor oral health has been linked to everything from cardiovascular conditions and a weak immune system, to arthritis and diabetes. Research by the Canadian Pediatric Society found that poor oral health has particularly devastating impacts on children, including sleep loss, poor growth, behavioral problems, and impaired learning. These issues can cause low self-esteem in children. Periodontal disease in pregnant women can result in health issues for the baby—such as low birth weight, preterm delivery, and iron deficiency.
Preventative measures that we are taking:
Dental care is critical for your overall wellness, but we do understand that patients may be concerned about coming into the office. Rest assured, at Bowen Legacy Dental, we are going above and beyond CDC, ADA, the Ohio State Dental Board, and OSHA recommendations for your safety and the safety of our staff. Some of our protocols include:
- Screening staff members and patients with questionnaires as well as taking temperature and oxygen measurements.
- Wearing personal protective equipment in the office and requiring masks.
- Spacing out appointments to avoid overcrowding in the office as well as encouraging social distancing.
- Using a powerful in-office air filtration system to keep you safe.
- Utilizing the natural, microbe-killing power of ozone in all of our operatories’ water systems.
With equipment that is regularly sterilized and a staff that is dedicated to keeping you safe, scheduling your dental appointment is a great way to stay on top of your health during the pandemic. If you are ready to book an appointment, call us today at 614-459-2300.