Many of our patients are calling us with questions about how the spread of the coronavirus and how it relates to their dental visit. The facts are spelled out very well on the American Dental Association’s website: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en
The top article will give a very complete yet succinct explanation. The truth of the matter is, we have always (and will always) treat everyone with “Universal Precautions”. This means that even if someone fails to divulge a specific disease on their medical history; we still use masks, gloves, barrier protection, instrument sterilization and disinfectant wipes before and after every patient.
It is important to note that patients should refrain from being in public, which includes seeing the dentist or going to work, if they have a fever or are coughing and ill. While this makes common sense, it is surprising to learn that so many people do not do this. The article notes that simply washing hands for 20 seconds for several times a day will greatly reduce your chance of becoming ill. We will certainly understand if you want to reschedule your appointment given the climate of concern that is pervasive on every news outlet currently. But if you feel well, there is no need to cancel your appointment. Please feel free to call Dr. Ryan and I if you have any other questions! -Dr. Dave