Is it safe to go to the dentist right now? What to know before you go

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Deciding if you should go to the dentist now is a personal choice — here’s what the WHO and the ADA have to say.


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If you’ve never been a fan of going to the dentist, then you may have an excuse to skip your routine visit this year — depending on your views about COVID-19 safety. Dental cleanings and check-ups are important to keep your mouth healthy and avoid costly procedures, like a root canal, down the line. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, there is conflicting guidance out there about whether or not you should still go to the dentist for non-emergency appointments.

The WHO released a statement in August recommending that people skip routine dental check ups and cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. It said you should only visit the

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How to safely go to the dentist during the pandemic

Ella Castle

My tongue first detected the problem when it caught a sharp edge on my teeth: A hefty hunk of my back right molar was missing. I’m not sure how it happened, but it meant that after months of avoiding any sort of physical closeness with other people, I needed to brave the dentist’s chair.

With the pandemic raging across the United States, the office I entered in Alexandria, Virginia, looked very different from the one I had visited months before. Two cups of pens sat on the receptionist’s desk, one for “clean” writing utensils and the other for those recently used. A plexiglass partition divided me from the rest of the office behind, and everyone—myself included—donned a mask.

Dental work is a uniquely risky environment for spreading SARS-CoV-2, since medical practitioners work face-to-face with open-mouthed patients for extended periods of time. “We, unfortunately, work in a danger zone,” says Mark

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A Dentist Sees More Cracked Teeth. What’s Going On?

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So what can we do?

You’d be surprised how many people are unaware that they’re clenching and grinding. Even patients who come into the office complaining of pain and sensitivity are often incredulous when I point it out. “Oh, no. I don’t grind my teeth,” is a refrain I hear over and over again, despite the fact that I’m often watching them do it.

Awareness is key. Are your teeth currently touching? Even as you read this article? If so, that’s a sure sign that you’re doing some damage — your teeth shouldn’t actually touch throughout the day at all unless you’re actively eating and chewing your food. Instead, your jaw should be relaxed, with a bit of space between the teeth when the lips are closed. Be mindful, and try to stop yourself from grinding when you catch yourself doing it.

If you have a night guard or retainer,

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Shaun Weiss’ dentist, Dr. Gabe Rosenthal, opens up about treatment

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The dentist behind Shaun Weiss’ brand-new smile is opening up about the “Mighty Ducks” actor’s total transformation.

LA-based Dr. Gabe Rosenthal offered his dental services free of charge when he heard of 42-year-old Weiss’ struggles through a friend, former “Salute Your Shorts” star Michael Ray Bower (“Donkeylips”), and after having read the news about Weiss’ arrest.

“He’s just a great guy,” Dr. Gabe told Page Six of Weiss over the phone Thursday. “We mesh really well.”

Dr. Gabe began his treatments with Weiss, who played Goldberg in the Disney movies, earlier this summer, but his journey isn’t over, in terms of both his dental work and his physical health.

“He’s such a good guy, such a sweetheart. He’s putting his weight back on. He is so much more confident,” Dr. Gabe shared of Weiss’ recovery from drug addiction. “He’s ready to go. He feels better. Every time I see him

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7 Fitness Trends That are Coming to a Gym Near You

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It would be fair to say that the fitness industry is certainly one that attracts trends. Guys are constantly looking for the next big thing which is going to supercharge their progress – and 2018 is certainly no different.

The American College of Sports Medicine publishes an annual study, asking thousands of fitness pros their views on the big trends that are about to take over the following year. This study is arguably more reliable than others dotting around the industry, particularly as it differentiates between fads and trends (the former, which we all know, is completely short-term).

Following on from the above, we have taken a look at seven of the biggest trends defined by the survey. As you will soon see, some will have been completely expected, but there are certainly others in there which will raise a few eyebrows and perhaps suggest a different direction that the

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Oklahoma Dental Association disagrees with WHO’s recommendation to avoid going to dentist

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After the World Health Organization released a statement recommending people avoid going to the dentist for non-emergency visits, the Oklahoma Dental Association voiced its disagreement.According to a statement released earlier this month from the WHO, people should avoid going to the dentist until there’s a drop in transmission rates because dentists work in close proximity to patients’ faces. The Oklahoma Dental Association, however, said they are just as protected as any doctor.“People should not feel scared going to the dentists because we are used to taking infection control measures,” Oklahoma Dental Association President Paul Mullasseril said.Mullasseril told KOCO 5 that he’s disappointed with the WHO and said the organization’s statement is misleading.”Dental offices are probably one of the safest places you can go because of all the precautions we can take,” he said. “The N-95 mask, we also have something called the K-95 mask. On top of that, we have … Read More

Dental Hygienist | Dentist Near Me

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At Ellerslie Dental Clinic, we are committed to maintaining and providing high standards of care. We make it our priority to develop personalized treatment plans for all of our patients to ensure that they have their desired results.

 

Education and Prevention

We believe that the key to healthy gums and teeth is to practice daily oral maintenance, such as brushing and flossing and being aware of how certain foods and activities (such as smoking) can impact your oral health.

Commitment to Learning

At Ellerslie Dental Clinic, we are committed to our growth. You can always find us at conferences, lectures, and meetings, learning more about the advancement in the dental industry. We always aim to deliver quality results, using the latest equipment to ensure precision and accuracy.

Your Experience

We know how scary visiting a dentist can be, and we want to make it a smooth and comfortable experience for

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Why it’s still important to keep your dentist appointment

Ella Castle

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — There are a few changes when you walk in Westermeier Martin Dental Group in Amherst. There’s plexiglass at every counter, you are screened with questions and a temperature check, and you must wear a mask when you are not being seen by a dentist.

Doctors are wearing N95s, a face mask, and a face shield to make sure you are staying safe when you come in for your appointment.

“We already had a very high standard of care for disinfection and sterilization,” Dr. Andrew Burke, a Dentist and Oral Care Surgeon said. “I feel that we are essential and we can see our patients safely,” Burke said.

Dentist offices stayed open for emergencies during the last few months.
Starting May 31st, offices opened for routine checkups again with guidelines on how to keep patients safe.
But just recently, the World Health Organization said non-essential dental work

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How Your Next Trip to the Dentist Will Be Very Different

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The next time you go to the dentist, don’t count on being able to catch up on People magazine in the reception area. Among the many things affected by Covid-19: the doctor’s waiting room.

“The old dental appointment where you sit and read a magazine, then get called back—that’s going to shift,” says Chevy Chase orthodontist Jill Bruno. “The days of sitting in the reception area are gone. There’s no more coffee; there are no more magazines. At least for a while.”

Dental practices, like most businesses, have had to retool because of the coronavirus—not only to protect patients and staff but to reassure patients who may be wondering: Is it a risk to go to the dentist?

The changes start from the beginning of a visit. Dentists are extracting some amenities that would be touched by multiple hands (so bring your own magazine) and are limiting the number of

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