In the war against the virus, we have lost the independence to move about as we please. Every time we move out of our homes for any chore or job, we have now to ask ourselves, “IS THIS REALLY NECESSARY?”
There is no doubt that any service related to your health is an essential service. It would be foolish if while saving ourselves from the virus, we lose our health to other life threatening diseases. Which brings us to the question: Is a Routine Dental Visit Really Necessary?
Would anyone ignore pus and blood oozing from an infection in the toe? No, because that infection can severely affect other parts of the body. The same rule applies to the teeth and gums as well.
Teeth and gums are a very vital part of the body and pain, bleeding gums inflammation signal infection which can lead to more serious consequences both in the mouth and throughout your body.
What is more, routine dental care helps to monitor and prevent systemic diseases including diabetes and heart disease. Gum disease like other infections may cause blood sugar to rise. This makes diabetes harder to control.
Oral health and heart disease are connected by the spread of bacteria – and other germs – from your mouth to other parts of your body through the blood stream. When these bacteria reach the heart, they can attach themselves to any damaged area and cause inflammation. According to the American Heart Association, this can result in illnesses such as endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart, cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis (clogged arteries) and stroke.
Gum disease — or periodontal disease — eventually leads to strokes and an increased risk of heart attacks. Patients with chronic gum conditions such as gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease have the highest risk for heart disease caused by poor oral health, particularly if it remains undiagnosed and unmanaged.
Maintaining dental and periodontal health with good oral habits and regular dental visits is important, not only for healthy teeth but is integral in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases which affect systemic health including heart disease and diabetes. It is more important for older adults and for patients with chronic conditions.
During the initial weeks of the lockdown, only emergent dental health services were being performed. This is not the case today. A special webinar from the ADA reported in its August publications notes that 99% of dental practices were open mid-July and 80% of people were very comfortable with visiting the dentist now
In its latest Covid -19 guidelines, WHO has recommended that dental care should be delayed only in areas of “Intense uncontrolled community transmission”. Fortunately this is not the scenario in most countries of the world today including the US of A.
All dentists now follow the ADA (American Dental Association) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and use the highest level of personal protective equipment including masks, goggles and face shields. To minimize aerosols, dental offices now use rubber dams and high-velocity suction whenever possible and hand scaling instead of ultrasonic scaling when cleaning teeth
Dental Health is very closely interlinked with your overall health. Your dental visit is essential. Go ahead and schedule an appointment today.