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

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In these times, experts recommend safety precautions such as social distancing and staying home as much as possible. Good oral health is still important though. We want you to know that it is safe to go to the dentist’s office for treatments. Helotes Family Dentistry is working hard to keep everyone healthy.

How We’re Protecting Our Patients & Staff

Even before the pandemic, our dental office was a very clean and safe place. We follow strict safety standards recommended by the CDC, the American Dental Association, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Now that COVID-19 is such a concern, we are even more careful and committed to safety. Our office, all equipment, and frequently-touched surfaces are sanitized and disinfected frequently. As always, staff wear PPE, which protects them and you. We are also closely following updates from local and national officials. Please contact us if you want to know more about the steps we’re taking.

What You Can Do to Stay Safe

There are also actions you can do to keep yourself and your family safe at our office. Practice social distancing and avoid touching anything you don’t have to. When you leave our office, wash your hands well with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, if washing isn’t an option. If you notice any symptoms of sickness before your appointment, please reschedule until you’re well again. By taking care of ourselves and each other, we will make it through this.

Maintaining Good Oral Health During a Pandemic

Even in a pandemic, your oral health care is very important. If you neglect your teeth and gums, you can develop problems that require emergency care. Emergencies include abscessed teeth, a broken tooth, a lost dental restoration, or severely-bleeding gums. To maintain good oral health, brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once a day, and keep up with regular cleanings and exams. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Helotes office if you have questions about dental care during these challenging times!

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