Dental Visits During the Coronavirus Outbreak

dental visits during coronavirusRoyal Oak and Birmingham, MI

Update: Effective immediately, Hartrick Dentistry has decided to reschedule elective dental procedures, such as preventive care and dental cleanings until after April 6th. Our office will contact you to reschedule. If you experience a dental emergency during the next few weeks, please contact Dr. Hartrick’s office directly by calling (248) 549-0950 or contact us online. You will be asked prescreening questions to ensure the healthy and safety of our employees, and other patients that may visit our practice for necessary care. Thank you, for your continued cooperation during this time.

The pandemic of the coronavirus or COVID-19 has been the focus of media coverage and has raised concerns about the outbreak across the United States. Your dental provider in Royal Oak, Dr. Nancy Hartrick, understands your concerns. Therefore, Hartrick Dentistry is sharing information about the virus and how your health and safety is a top priority when attending your dental visits during the coronavirus outbreak.

What precautions should I take during the coronavirus outbreak?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that everyone practice social distancing, avoid group gatherings of more than 10, and stay home as much as possible. To help protect yourself, the CDC recommends washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap, covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and remain in your home if you are sick. If you are an elderly patient or suffer from chronic health conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, or hypertension, your risk of experiencing complications from the virus increases, according to the CDC. Therefore, your Birmingham dentist at Hartrick Dentistry recommends speaking with your primary care physician to determine your level of risk in contracting the COVID-19 virus.

Should I cancel my dental appointment during the coronavirus outbreak?

The American Dental Association currently encourages all elective dental appointments, including preventive care and cleanings, be postponed for a few weeks. Hartrick Dentistry will be calling our patients to reschedule their upcoming appointments. We understand this is a challenging time for everybody, and we appreciate your patience as we navigate through this pandemic together.

If I have a dental emergency, should I still go to the dentist?

Dental emergencies seem to happen at the least convenient times. Even in the wake of a pandemic, a dental emergency still needs to be addressed, especially if you are in pain. Dental pain is typically a sign of a more serious condition that could indicate an infection is present. If treatment is not sought, the infection could spread to your brain or your heart and could be life-threatening. When you have dental pain, our emergency dental office in Birmingham at Hartrick Dental should be called to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. For other dental emergencies such as a loose crown or a minor chipped tooth, it is still recommended that you call to schedule an appointment right away.

How is Hartrick Dentistry protecting patients against the coronavirus?

Rest assured that Hartrick Dentistry is a clean dental practice in Royal Oak. The doctors and staff on the Hartrick Dentistry team are trained in OSHA standards for the cleanliness and sanitization of patient rooms and equipment that is used for patient care. As a general dentist in Royal Oak, Hartrick Dentistry uses EPA-approved disinfectants that are specifically formulated for use in the healthcare industry to kill bacteria, viruses, and blood-borne pathogens. Also, our clinical team that has direct contact with patients must wear protective gear such as gloves, surgical-grade masks, and goggles. To further protect the health of our patients, the CDC’s recommendation for hand hygiene is used between appointments and after handling used dental tools and equipment, even though gloves are worn. Stringent sanitizing and sterilization methods are practiced within our Royal Oak dental practice, regardless of an outbreak, to maintain a safe and healthy environment to protect our patients.

When should I cancel my appointment and not go to the dentist?

For the safety of our patients and team, we request that you contact our office before your appointment if you are running a fever, have a cough, have recently traveled, or have been around someone who has traveled outside of the U.S. In addition, if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, we recommend contacting your health care provider or seek medical assistance for testing.

Additional measures that you can take to prevent spreading the virus, should you become sick, is to change out your toothbrush once you are symptom-free, and regularly clean your oral appliances, such as dentures or mouthguards. Also, be sure that you wash your hands thoroughly before and after brushing or flossing your teeth, as well as when you need to remove your oral appliance.

Dental Care During the Coronavirus Outbreak in Royal Oak and Birmingham, Michigan

Even though the coronavirus is spreading across the U.S., there is no need to panic, and you can continue to attend your regularly scheduled dental appointments if you are healthy and not showing any signs of COVID-19. If you have questions or concerns about Hartrick Dentistry’s sanitation process or need to schedule an appointment, feel free to call (248) 549-0950 or contact us online. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram to receive updates regarding the effects of COVID-19 and your dental care.

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    Dr. Nancy Hartrick, DDS
    32609 Woodward Ave.
    Royal Oak, MI 48073
    Call: 248-549-0950
    Fax: 248-549-1180