Dentist: Closure of practices impacts patients’ oral health

Ella Castle

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) ─ A Johnston dentist believes dentistry is an essential business, but argues that it hasn’t been treated as such throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Rupesh Udeshi, dentist and co-owner of Dental Associates of Rhode Island, said the months his practice was closed had a big impact on the health of many of his patients.

“We’ve had a great backlog and problems that were minor, that have become major. The patient may have just had a cavity or needed a filling, but we haven’t seen them and it’s now more severe and it’s a root canal, and some people who maybe needed a root canal ─ now they need to have the tooth out,” he said.

The World Health Organization recently recommended delaying routine dental care because of the pandemic. But the American Dental Association says they “respectfully yet strongly disagrees.”

“Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry

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California Hospital Association

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Dentist in Ridgewood | Dental Office in Ridgewood

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We do not accept Medicaid

Welcome to the Ridgewood, New York dental office of Dr. Dennis Block. For more than thirty years, Dr. Dennis Block has been providing the finest dental care to the members of the Queens community and its surrounding environs. Exemplary patient care, outstanding aesthetic results, compassion and integrity are the cornerstone of our dental practice. Incorporating the latest technology, our state-of-the-art practice specializes in preventive, cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry.

Your visits with us are all about you – your happiness, your comfort and your dental health. Our patients expect and receive the finest care with a gentle touch each and every time they see us. In the 21st century, dentistry has evolved into a science that maintains function, form, health and a beautiful smile for a lifetime. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. Among

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Avoid dental cleanings and other routine visits to the dentist for now

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You should delay your routine dental cleaning until the coronavirus pandemic eases, according to new guidance from the World Health Organization. Dentists, hygienists, and other oral care providers have a heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 and passing it to patients because “they are in close contact with their patients’ mouths, use spray-generating equipment that produces airborne particles, [and] are exposed to saliva, blood and body fluids,” WHO said.

“WHO advises that routine non-essential oral health care—such as check-ups, dental cleanings, and preventive care—be delayed until there has been sufficient reduction in COVID-19 transmission rates,” the U.N. agency said.

Almost three-quarters of countries surveyed said that the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted dental services—higher than for any other type of essential service,

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Whiten Teeth at Home or in the Dentist’s Office?

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You can get the shine back on your smile with a variety of teeth-whitening methods. There are pros and cons to brightening up at the dentist’s office or with an at-home kit.


At-Home Products


Whitening rinses. They’re easy to use. All you do is swirl it around in your mouth for a minute.

The whitening agent in the product is in contact with your teeth for just a short time, so your choppers get brighter gradually. Rinses can help prevent new stains after you whiten your teeth.


Whitening toothpaste. It has ingredients that remove surface stains with gentle brushing and may provide gradual brightening. But some people get sensitive teeth if they use these products.


Gel strips. You usually put them on your teeth once a day for up to 2 hours. Depending on how strong the product is, you may need

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Is It Safe to Go to the Dentist During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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Nearly all dentists and oral surgeons stopped seeing patients at the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic in March; more than 90% of offices closed, canceling or postponing non-essential dental procedures in the process. Dentists have had concerns about spreading SARS-CoV-2, the respiratory illness that leads to a COVID-19 diagnosis, as they directly work over patients in chairs. Dentists in particular often create vaporized aerosols as they work in patient’s mouths, and infectious droplets like these can quickly spread throughout enclosed spaces like an operating room. But nearly three months later, dentists in all 50 states are in the process of reopening their offices — according to the American Dental Association (ADA) — to resume scheduled treatments for their patients.

Going to the dentist will feel vastly different than it has in the past, with new rules aimed at preventing those who may be unknowingly sick from spreading SARS to

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Video captures mother in labor as Beirut explosion shatters hospital room

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Emmanuelle Khnaisser was preparing to give birth as a devastating explosion hit Beirut on Tuesday and tore through her hospital room, her husband Edmound told Reuters. Edmound captured the incident — including the safe birth of their baby boy — on video. 

The video shows windows of the hospital shattering just after Emmanuelle is wheeled into the delivery room. Edmound continues to film the scene even as he’s shaken by the blast.

“My son George was born under a catastrophic blast, I did not believe we came out alive,” Edmound told Reuters. 

Doctors and nurses — working in near-darkness after the explosions — were able to safely deliver the baby boy, who the couple named George, Edmound said. Edmound took photos of the entire process, later praising the hospital workers on social media, Reuters reports.

“Thank you for bringing me safely into this world,” he said on behalf of George.

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Cavities – How to Tell if You Have One

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What Is a Cavity?


A cavity is what you get from
tooth decay — damage to a tooth. Decay can affect the outer coating of a tooth (called enamel) and the inner layer (called dentin).


Cavity Signs and Symptoms


The symptoms of a cavity will depend on how large it is and where it is in your mouth. You may not have any symptoms at first. They’ll get worse as the cavity gets larger, including:


  • Pain or a toothache that happens without warning


  • Sensitive teeth


  • Pain when you eat or drink sweet, hot, or cold things


  • Holes or pits in your teeth


  • Black, white, or brown tooth stains


  • Pain

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Dentist Issaquah, WA | Issaquah Dental Care

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Providing you pain-free dental visits for 18 years

Patient-Centered Issaquah WA Dental Practice

Our Issaquah dentists, Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Okino have focusing on patient-centered dental care for both adults and children for 18 years. Specializing in both periodontics and family dentistry, we combine exceptional patient care with the latest dental technologies.

Here at Issaquah Dental Care, we treat patients of all ages in a comfortable setting. When our dentists Issaquah see you, we always try to identify the cause of your health concern and explain the possible treatment options. This comprehensive approach sets patients of Issaquah Dental Care on the road to recovery and long term oral health.

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Straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health according to American Dental Association. With our Issaquah Invisalign certified dentist, Dr. Scott Okino, you can have a confident smile and reduce your risk for tooth

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How This Dentist Uses Big Data

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A leader in Preventistry, Dr. Jim Thommes says he asks himself every day, “What ideas can I come up with… that will improve the oral health care of all?”

Dr. Jim Thommes has witnessed the evolution of preventive care in dentistry throughout his career both up close and at a high level. As a clinical provider and longtime benefits administrator, he’s helped to identify trends — anecdotally and from raw data — when it comes to patient care. As Vice President of Clinical Management at DentaQuest, he works on a national level to support holistic care and Preventistry by offering guidance and proposing solutions from within the benefits space.

What drives you in your role each day at DentaQuest?

Every day I ask myself, “What ideas can I come up with today or be involved with that actually move things forward, that bend that cost curve, that improve the oral

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