Coronavirus or COVID-19 is making headlines in the news media worldwide. The pandemic has created concerns in the U.S. about leaving home for regular daily activities. Our emergency dentists in Albertville at Wall Street Dentistry understand your concerns and are sharing information about the virus while answering the question of who should get dental care during the coronavirus pandemic.
Facts You Need to Know about the Coronavirus or COVID-19
According to the federal government and the CDC, the precautions listed below could reduce your risk of contracting and spreading the virus.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, immediately dispose of the tissue in the trash, and then wash your hands with soap and water.
- If soap and water are unavailable, the use of a hand sanitizer that consists of a 60% alcohol base could be used.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth after touching other surfaces.
- Avoid people who are sick, and if you show symptoms of the coronavirus like fever, cough, or shortness of breath, it is recommended to seek medical attention.
- Clean and sanitize commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, keyboards, light switches, phones, handrails, and remember to clean your car keys and cellphone.
Health Concerns that Could Cause Additional Complications From Coronavirus
The CDC states that elderly or older adults with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes should contact their primary care physician about their health condition to assess the risk of exposure. If you have a dental emergency such as pain in your tooth or mouth, it is recommended by your emergency dentists in Albertville at Wall Street Dentistry that you contact our office, as the pain could be a sign of infection that needs treatment.
The American Dental Association has released a statement urging all dental practices in the U.S. to provide care only for dental emergencies. Our office will call patients with upcoming appointments to reschedule as necessary. To see if your dental need qualifies as an emergency, please contact our office by calling (256) 878-0525. You will be asked a series of questions pertaining to your dental health issue. If the dentist decides you should be seen, we will prescreen you with questions relating to the coronavirus and its symptoms so that we can take additional precautions to ensure your health and safety, as well as for our team.
Precautions Taken by the Wall Street Dentistry Team to Protect Your Health
The clinical team takes their patients’ healthcare seriously. Each member has been trained using OSHA guidelines for appropriate cleaning and sanitization of all tools, rooms, and equipment used during a patient’s visit. Cleaning solutions that are EPA-approved to kill most known bacteria, viruses, and blood-borne pathogens on surfaces are used daily in our clean and sanitized Albertville dental office. Our team is required to wear protective gear such as gloves, facemasks, and eye protection, and to strictly follow the CDC’s handwashing guide before and after each patient to prevent the spread of germs.
Dental Care in Albertville, Boaz, and Guntersville, Alabama
As always, Wall Street Dentistry values the health and safety of our patients and our team. We are here to serve you during this challenging and uncertain time. If you experience a dental emergency or have questions about visiting a general dentist in Albertville, please call (256) 878-0525 or request an appointment online.