You and Your Dentist During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The American Dental Association (ADA) has issued a statement advising dentists to postpone non-emergency dental procedures through April 30. Many dentists have put this in place and notified patients that they would be rescheduled for non-emergency procedures when normal operations resume. The following guide was published to help you determine If what you are experiencing is an emergency. However, if you’re not sure, call your dentist’s office. They will determine if you need to be seen immediately.
Typical Non-emergency Dental Procedures
- Regular visits for exams, cleanings, and x-rays
- Regular visits for braces
- Removal of teeth that are not painful
- Treatment of cavities that are not painful
- Tooth whitening
Dental Issues Usually Requiring Immediate Attention
- Bleeding that doesn’t stop
- Painful swelling in or around your mouth
- Pain in a tooth, teeth, or jawbone
- Gum infection with pain or swelling
- After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal)
- Broken or knocked out tooth
- Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer
- Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheek or gums
- Biopsy of abnormal tissue
Avoid Dental Emergencies by Practicing Good Oral Hygiene
- Brush and rinse morning and night with EXXCL Oral Blue Toothpaste and EXXCL Oral Clear Mouthwash. The active ingredient in EXXCL products will help prevent the build-up of biofilm plaque which can lead to serious gum disease.
- Floss after brushing and rinsing, and brush and floss after eating sweet, sticky or other foods that may get caught between your teeth.
- Keep hydrated and avoid dry mouth by drinking plenty of water. The active ingredient in EXXCL Oral Clear Mouthwash also helps to avoid dry mouth.