The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is a global pandemic that is affecting all businesses and industries, including our own. As your trusted dentist’s office in Greeley, CO, we want to keep you updated on our office’s response to COVID-19. Additionally, we want to provide you with some tips on maintaining your dental health during this particularly difficult time.
Integrated Dental’s Response to COVID-19
As many of you have experienced, things are changing day-to-day and hour-by-hour as we as a society adapt to the COVID-19 crisis.
Governor Polis signed an executive order that mandates as of March 23, all voluntary and elective dental procedures in Colorado are suspended until April 14th, and possibly longer. A voluntary or elective procedure is defined as anything that can be delayed for a minimum of three months. This means our standard hygiene appointments and dental fillings will have to be rescheduled. If your appointment is affected, one of our team members will be reaching out to you soon.
We are still seeing patients for emergency dentistry cases. If you experience a dental emergency during this time, please call our office. We will have a team member and doctor available to advise you and treat you accordingly. Our goal is to keep emergency rooms free of dental concerns so that ER doctors can treat COVID-19 cases.
At this time, we will only have one doctor in our office at a time to abide by social distancing rules. Our team will continue to practice sanitization and sterilization practices. Your safety is our top priority, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
What You Can Do
We do not want your dental health to be put at risk during the COVID-19 crisis. While we are unable to practice standard cleanings and fillings, we still want our patients to do what they can outside of the office to protect their dental wellbeing. Here are some tips we have on maintaining your dental health:
Brush and Floss Regularly – Even though our daily routines are all thrown off of schedule, you should still continue to brush and floss your teeth accordingly. Brushing and flossing your teeth goes a long way in preventing plaque and tartar buildup along your gum line. Plaque and tartar stem from sticky residue that is left to harden on your teeth surfaces when you forget to brush and floss regularly.
Eat A Healthy Diet – Avoid foods, drinks, and substances that are bad for your teeth during this time. Things like sodas, coffee, hard-candies, citrus fruits, potato chips, red berries, and tobacco are all known to have sticky residues and/or staining agents that damage your teeth.
Practice Mindfulness – The additional stress brought on by the COVID-19 virus can have a negative impact on your dental health. Most people respond to stress by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth. We suggest our patients take a few moments out of every day to relax their facial muscles and stretch their jaw to release any tension you could be held there. This will prevent worsening jaw pain.
We apologize for the inconveniences that this virus has caused. Our entire team looks forward to seeing you again soon. We wish everyone in our community continued health and safety during this pandemic.