COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind right now. We are preparing our homes, coordinating work and school changes, and buying supplies for the “social distancing” or quarantine that has or is coming our way. As health professionals – we have a few things we can do, and a little advice to give which you may find helpful.
Buy a Few Extra Toothbrushes and Toothpaste.
While you are out getting toilet paper and dried beans, pick up some toothbrushes and toothpaste too. Running out of these important health items could put you at risk for both dental caries and other dental issues.
It is OK to Reschedule
As I write this – our office is open. However, things are happening fast. We are monitoring the situation and may make closure announcements if necessary. Watch our website for details.
Come in Now if You Need To
If you have a broken tooth, serious problems with your mouth or gums, or other dental emergency – come in for an emergency appointment ASAP.
If You Are Sick – Stay Home
This rule goes for EVERYDAY. If you or your kids are sick, stay home. While we love seeing you, if you are experiencing ANY cold symptoms, we appreciate you getting your rest at home, and when you feel better we will reschedule. Just let us know you need a new appointment date in a few weeks and we will accommodate you the best we can.
If WE are Sick – We are Staying Home
The health of our staff and patients is our number 1 priority. That may mean, during this rather extreme time that we have a smaller staff than usual. We will inform you of all changes as we can, but please be aware that there may be schedule changes or longer wait times. If you are concerned, just give us a call at (480) 818-9016 before your scheduled appointment.
Change Your Toothbrush
We recommend that you change your toothbrush every 2-3 months. However, if you are sick, it should be changed as you are recovering and AGAIN when you are feeling better. This goes for family members too. The bathroom is generally a “moist” place anyway, so invest in your health, and change that toothbrush if there has been any occurrence of illness.
Use Extra Cleaning Precautions at Home
Employ the use of sanitizing wipes to clean off your toothbrush handle, mouthwashes, toothpaste tube, handles of your bathroom drawers, counter-tops, etc. While this is good advice at all times, we do get complacent, and now is a good time to add in a little extra caution.