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Is It Safe to Visit the Dentist During COVID-19?
Whether you have a toothache or you are simply overdue for a checkup, you may be curious as to whether or not it is safe for you to visit the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is! Steve S. Kim, DDS wants you to know that no one has caught the virus from any type of dental care or dental procedure. Even though many, in fact, several thousand, patients have visited the dentist, there has been NO cases of COVID in our office since the beginning of it all.
While many dental offices closed for a short period of time during the pandemic, many, including ours, have been open and seeing patients for several months. While COVID-19 ramped up and dentists took on patients, it is likely that dentists came into contact with patients who were infected with COVID-19. Of course, neither the patient nor the dentist knew this at the time. With that said, there have been NO cases of COVID spread through a dental visit. Dentists are known for practicing a high level of infection control and it has paid off. According to a study published in The Lancet, there have been no clusters of any airborne diseases including COVID-19 spread in any dental offices throughout the world to date. How cool is that?
While dentists do take multiple infection control steps, here at Dr. Steve S. Kim, DDS, we have taken things a few steps farther to ensure your health and safety. Check out what those things are below:
- ALL dental staff wear protective equipment such as masks, eyewear, gloves, hair covers, disposable gowns, and face shields
- If any staff or patient has any COVID-19 symptoms, they are not allowed in the office
- We have temperature checks in place
- We have limited how many patients come in at a time
- We practice social distancing and have limited the number of people in the waiting room at a time
- We do not allow any unnecessary individuals into the appointment
- Plexiglass has been installed in areas to limit contact
- We meet weekly to discuss COVID-19 and any new developments or research
If you need dental care, you can confidently visit our office and know that we are taking all necessary steps and precautions to protect your health.
Procedures with Splatter or Aerosol
There are some procedures that cause significant amounts of splatter, also called aerosol. People who do catch COVID-19 do so because they breathe in the virus or it comes into contact with their eyes. This usually occurs because they are too close to an infected person without any type of protection on.
Aerosols is the medical term used to describe a fine spray of water. Aerosols that contain the virus are considered infected aerosols. If you come into contact with an infected aerosol, you can contract the virus.
There are some dental procedures that generate aerosols including root canals, fillings, and similar procedures. During a dental procedure, we use air and water to help keep the area clean and cooled down and these two things combined help to dilute the virus if it is in the aerosol. Because of this, infection is very unlikely.
If you need to have a procedure done that is considered to cause a lot of aerosol, we will provide you with a COVID-19 test, free of charge to you, before the procedure is done. This allows us to protect you, our staff, and our other patients.
Reach Out to Us Today
If you would like to learn more about our COVID-19 precautions, want to schedule a dental appointment, or have some questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Steve S. Kim, DDS today.