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April 16, 2020

5 Bad Oral Health Habits to Avoid During Quarantine

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Concerned woman in quarantine bites her fingernailsIt’s very likely that your day-to-day life looks much different now than it did at the beginning of the year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. While social distancing is the best way to keep you and your loved ones safe from the coronavirus, you may be more prone to some destructive oral health decisions. The last thing you need during quarantine is a broken tooth! Your Arlington dentist reveals five bad behaviors to avoid while you stay at home and a few good dental habits that can help keep you and your smile safe.

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March 22, 2020

5 Tips for Keeping a Smile-Friendly Diet During Quarantine

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 12:15 am

Family creates healthy meals at home during quarantineThe best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the current COVID-19 pandemic is to practice social distancing and limit your trips outside. For most of us, staying in quarantine significantly changes nearly every aspect of our life, including our diet. It’s essential that we pay extra attention to our eating habits while we stay inside in order to prevent oral health issues and keep ourselves healthy. Here are five practical tips from your Irving dentist that can help you maintain a delicious and nutritious daily diet in quarantine.

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March 17, 2020

Covid-19 Newsletter

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Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for dental office infection control. Your dentist cares about your safety and works hard to prevent the spread of infection. Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles, and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. Offices may cover some equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.

Non-disposable items like the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns, and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and put on a new pair of gloves.

Your well-being is important to your dentist and dental staff. That’s why infection control procedures are in place at your dental office.

What about the new coronavirus?

With so many news stories, it’s understandable to be concerned about the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Please know that the precautions your dentist already takes every day to prevent the spread of infection in his or her practice also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you are ill with flu-like symptoms, you should reschedule your appointment. If you or someone you are in close contact with have recently traveled to one of the countries with large outbreaks of COVID-19 (China, Italy, Iran, South Korea) or if you have been exposed to someone else who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or who was quarantined as a precaution, wait 14 days until you see your dentist to make sure you have not caught the coronavirus.

If you are healthy, there’s no need to cancel your regularly scheduled dental appointment.

It’s important to know that the majority of people infected with the coronavirus experience flu-like symptoms and then recover. Most people do not develop serious respiratory complications. Those most at risk of becoming seriously ill are elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease, among others. Children, thus far, have been largely unaffected.

Here are a few things you can do on your own to help keep yourself and those around you healthy:

  • Wash your hands frequently or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes or nose to reduce the spread of germs.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow. Infections like the coronavirus spread through the tiny droplets in coughs and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you feel sick. If you have flu-like symptoms or otherwise feel unwell, stay home and rest. Call your dentist to reschedule your appointment for a later date. This will reduce the risk of spreading your illness.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) What are the signs/symptoms and risk factors for COVID-19?
Similar to patients with other flu-like diseases, patients with known COVID-19 have reported mild to severe symptoms which can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Patients may also report a recent trip to China, or a close contact with someone who traveled to China within the past 14 days.

2) Where can I find current, credible information about COVID-19?
CDC’s website includes numerous resources for healthcare workers including:

3) I know it is much more likely that a patient with the flu may come to the office for dental treatment. What are the CDC recommendations for dental staff to receive the flu vaccine?
CDC recommends that all health care workers, including dentists and staff, receive the flu vaccine. Information on CDC’s recommendations for immunization can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/hcw.html.

4) Should staff report to work with acute respiratory symptoms?

  • Staff experiencing influenza‐like‐illness (ILI) (fever with either cough or sore throat,  muscle aches) should not report to work.
  • Staff who experience ILI and wish to seek medical care should contact their health care providers to report illness (by telephone or other remote means) before seeking care at a  clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.
  • Staff who have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, or are believed to be severely ill,  should seek immediate medical attention.

Summary

Respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette infection control measures along with contact precautions are currently recommended for preventing transmission of COVID-19 and all flu-like illnesses in a dental healthcare setting. CDC continues to monitor activity relating to COVID-19 and is coordinating efforts with health departments in Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington, and Wisconsin and communicating with the World Health Organization. This is an evolving situation and CDC is updating its guidance and information as it becomes available.

Brought to you by the ADA Practice Institute. For more information, please contact the Center for Dental Practice at dentalpractice@ada.org or 312-440-2895

March 11, 2020

How to Handle Small Dental Emergencies at Home During COVID-19

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 8:43 pm

Woman holding hand to her face thinking about dental emergenciesTo slow the spread of the coronavirus, non-essential businesses have been temporarily closed and people are being asked to stay at home. Most dental practices are keeping their offices as germ-free as possible so they can continue to accept emergency appointments. However, there are some situations you can manage at home until you can see your dentist after quarantine. Here’s how to handle dental emergencies while keeping yourself safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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February 29, 2020

Have a Mouth Piercing? Here’s How to Protect Your Oral Health

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Young girl showing off her oral piercing, tongue piercingLip, cheek, and tongue piercings are a unique way to express yourself. While all types of body piercings require extra care, mindfulness is especially important for oral piercings. If treated recklessly, you risk oral infection, broken teeth, and even larger health issues. Here are some important ways to protect your oral health if you choose this form of self-expression.

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February 7, 2020

The 6 Best Ways to Beat Bad Breath and Keep Your Breath Fresh

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Concerned man holding his nose after smelling bad breathBad breath, or halitosis, is a common and uncomfortable situation that can hurt your confidence, your health, and sometimes even your relationships. To treat it and keep your breath smelling its best, you need to identify what’s causing it. While several health conditions like diabetes or acid reflux may cause halitosis, research suggests that roughly 80% comes from an oral source. Here are six easy ways to keep your mouth healthy and combat bad breath.

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January 28, 2020

The 4 Most Common Toothache Causes and How to Treat Them

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Man touching his jaw and wondering what causes toothachesIf you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance you may be dealing with an uncomfortable sensation in your mouth. However, it’s often difficult to clearly identify what’s causing your toothache without the help of your dentist. Some tooth pain can be treated with better dental habits or over-the-counter pain relievers, while others may need professional treatment right away. Read on to find out the most likely suspects behind that pain in the back of your mouth.

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January 7, 2020

How to Keep Your Smile Healthy as It Changes Over Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 11:38 pm

Happy older couple laughing and smilingHave you looked in the mirror recently to discover that your smile doesn’t look like it did years ago? It’s true—even after your last permanent tooth comes in, your mouth continues to change. Years of talking, eating, and enjoying life eventually take a toll on everyone’s teeth. Although these are natural changes, you can keep your smile looking its best with some simple oral hygiene habits. Here are some changes you can expect to see in your teeth as you age and what you can do about them.

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December 21, 2019

What Causes Dry Mouth and How Can I Treat it?

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 6:11 am

Woman treating dry mouth with waterYou’ve probably experienced the parched, irritating sensation of a dry mouth at some point in your life. Maybe you were nervous, or maybe you just finished an intense workout. Hundreds of things can cause your saliva to dry up and make your mouth feel like a desert. But did you know that dry mouth can be caused by unusual things like bad daily habits, certain medications, and underlying health conditions? Studies show that a lack of saliva can boost the growth of harmful oral bacteria and increase your chances for cavities. Find out what’s making your mouth so dry and how you can treat it at home.

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December 7, 2019

Can You Hurt Your Teeth by Brushing Them Too Much?

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 5:48 am

Woman with toothbrush concerned about overbrushingA majority of us do our best to protect our oral health with good brushing habits. A recent survey from Delta Dental found that roughly 70% of Americans faithfully brush their teeth twice a day for about two minutes, just as the American Dental Association recommends. No dentist will say that brushing your teeth is bad for you, but dental experts warn that too much of a good thing could cause you serious problems. Overbrushing can cause discomfort in your teeth and gums, as well as lasting oral health issues. Here’s how to tell if your brushing habits are doing more harm than good, and what you can do about it.

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