As spring arrives, we are grateful for continued good health, the promise of sunshine(!) and that we have seen and treated many of you safely over the past year. The vaccines are good news, but for your safety and ours, we maintain COVID precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, American Dental Association and state and local governments.
Our office is still kept clear of magazines and other objects and public areas are sanitized regularly. We continue to pre-screen patients before each appointment and ask everyone to avoid early arrivals so we can maintain social distancing. Air purifiers are in each room and counter barriers are in place. We require continuous masking and will re-screen and take your temperature at check-in. You may be asked to pre-rinse with an antimicrobial and will need to wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer.
For those who have not yet made it back for your regular dental visits, we remind you to keep up your home care routines. Oral health is an important part of maintaining the overall good health you need for a strong immune system, so we are taking this opportunity to share home care tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Brushing and flossing at least twice daily forms the basis of good dental hygiene. Efficacy may be enhanced greatly by at-home use of Sonicare and Waterpik products, which can help reduce plaque build-up and periodontal inflammation. In addition, if you have bleeding gums, inflammation, sensitive teeth, or are at a moderate to high risk for decay, you should consider using an antimicrobial rinse and/or home fluoride treatment.
We have been using a new antimicrobial called IoRinse as an in-office pre-rinse for patients, because it has been shown to rapidly kill the coronavirus. It is also a highly effective periodontal treatment. IoRinse, Peridex (another antimicrobial) and prescription fluoride (Prevident) are available for home use for our established patients.
Although we prefer to see you in person, we understand that may not be possible for you at this time. So until we can see you, if you have questions about how best to manage your oral health, please call us at 253-852-5155.
Thank you for your trust and loyalty.
Dr. J. Martin Anderson & Team