The Dental Office is one of the Safest Places!
According to a recent ADA HPI (Health Policy Institute) study:
99.9% of Dentists are using some form of enhanced infection control protocols in their dental practice.
99% of US Dental practices have reopened.
Patient volume is at about 80% of pre-COVID levels.
1.9% cumulative prevalence rate of COVID-19 in US Dentists as of August 2020
COVID-19 medical information
As of November 14, 2020, we all know how important our respiratory system is during this pandemic. A great way to protect your respiratory system is to practice good oral hygiene. Going to your dental appointment and staying on top of your oral health will reduce the chance that bacteria and plaque in your mouth will inflame your airways and prevents other breathing problems. Please read the following article:
Clean teeth boost the immune system
Respiratory infections flourish at this time of the year. The standard advice for the prevention of these sicknesses is to wash your hands and keep your immune system healthy by eating properly and exercising regularly. Washing your hands is one way of keeping hundreds of different bacteria and viruses from getting into your system. Individuals with lower immune systems are more susceptible to infections since your immune system helps to defend the body, if and when a virus or bacteria slip in.
In addition to the standard advice, a less-publicized approach to healthy living and avoiding a respiratory infection is to keep your teeth clean. Here’s why:
• There are 400 to 500 species of bacteria that live in your mouth. Viruses can use bacteria as factories to grow and multiply. If a virus makes its way into your mouth (usually from touching your hands to your mouth or biting your nails), the fewer bacteria in your mouth, the less likely the virus will grow.
• Periodontal disease is caused by plaque producing bacteria. The body in defense of periodontal disease releases cytokines. These cytokines trigger your blood-making organs to constantly fight or defend themselves, thus weakening the body’s immune system to fight other infections.
• Periodontal disease is a potential contributing factor for respiratory diseases, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
The bacteria that cause periodontal disease and are taxing your immune system are breeding right now in the perfect environment of your mouth. They love the cozy, moist, dark, warm, and acidic ecosystem, which is constantly being fed by carbohydrates. The areas between the teeth are particularly good breeding grounds because the damaging bacteria thrive in the absence of oxygen. The bacteria grow rapidly — actually doubling their count every hour. There are more bacteria in your mouth than people on the planet Earth. The excrement or bi-product of the bacteria is what forms the sticky film that is a constant challenge to remove and what is called plaque.----Click below for more information.
TEMPORARY CLOSURE UPDATE
As of May 18, 2020, the state of Washington has lifted the restrictions previously placed on dental offices and will allow patients to be treated for non-emergent care. However, in order to ensure the safety and health of our patients and staff, we will be taking some additional time to implement new safety protocols in our office beyond this date.
All previously scheduled non-emergency dental appointments through May 31, 2020 are canceled.