The coronavirus outbreak has created a scary situation- not only in countries like China and Italy but also here at home. As you know, doctors are recommending that people limit their physical contact with others during the pandemic. While you might be limiting the time you spend with friends and family, you might also be wondering if you should keep regular health appointments like dental checkups. Below is some information that will help you make the best decision on the matter.
Who Should Keep Regular Appointments?
As of right now, healthy people who have not had contact with a known COVID-19 patient can most likely keep their regular dental appointments. However, you and your dentist might choose to postpone elective oral surgeries or cosmetic treatments at this time. You should also know that our office’s policies are changing as this situation develops. Call our office before your appointment to see if these recommendations have changed.
High-Risk Patients Should Get a Dentist’s Advice
People over 60 are considered at-risk for developing serious coronavirus symptoms. So are patients with chronic health conditions. In particular, patients with heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes should take precautions. The CDC is recommending that at-risk people stay home as much as possible if they live in a city that is having an outbreak. If you are an at-risk patient, please call our office. We will tell you if it’s best to reschedule.
Patients Who Should Always Stay Home
COVID-19 is very contagious. Patients who are feeling unwell or who have had contact with someone diagnosed with the coronavirus should reschedule their appointment. This will help to keep everyone safe.
The Situation is Constantly Changing. We Will Keep You Informed.
Of course, there is still a lot we don’t know about the coronavirus outbreak. As researchers learn more about COVID-19, public health recommendations might change. Please call our office if you have any questions related to this matter. We will let you know if you should come in for your appointment or not. We can also give you dental advice over the phone. To talk to a professional or to schedule an appointment, book online or call us at 281-477-7200.