Now is a great time to bring your child in for their regular dental cleaning to keep their mouths healthy and clean.
For a few months, all dental offices were advised only to see emergencies and cancel what was considered non-essential dentistry. But we’re open again and, with new safety procedure guidelines from the CDC and ADA on top of our already stringent sterilization procedures, it’s the best time for your child to get back on the schedule. In fact, as of the writing of this post, not one case of COVID-19 has been traced to a dental office.
Not only is it safe, but it’s also the perfect time to use any remaining dental insurance before it expires at the end of the year. By scheduling now, your child can have their next regular dental cleaning and still have time to schedule any restorative treatment they may need using their 2020 benefits. Unlike many things this year, the clock didn’t stop ticking on your insurance.
So, what does your child’s dental visit look like in this post-COVID-19 world? Here are a few of the new safety precautions they may encounter:
You may be tempted to delay your child’s appointment, but postponing a regular exam, cleaning, or minor treatment can potentially turn a small cavity into a large filling or root canal that may result in time out of school and more out-of-pocket expenses.
Even for children, a cleaning is not just a polish and shine. We perform oral screenings and look for lesions on the gums, cheeks, and tongue. We also check their neck, jaw, and lymph nodes for any swelling, lumps, or other abnormalities. If an abnormality is found, we will refer them to a specialist. While very rare in children, these screenings could mean the difference between a small biopsy or surgery. We also check for cavities, abscesses, and to make sure your child’s bite is developing as it should.
These temporary changes may sound and look alarming at first, but they are for the safety of our team as well as our patients. From daily staff temperature screenings, face shields, and other forms of PPE to medical-grade HEPA filters, we have done everything we can to make sure each stage of your visit is clean and safe for all of us, and we can’t wait to see you and your child back in our office!