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Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

We take pride in the fact that our safety and infection control protocols have always surpassed the recommendations of the American Dental Association (ADA) and the CDC.

Patient and team safety is our utmost top priority. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, new strategies are in place within our office that will continue our legacy of safety:

  • We have arranged the waiting room in order to practice safe distancing and removed all children’s toys, magazines, and brochures that are not easy to regularly sanitize.
  • We have installed a plexiglass shield at the front desk for additional protection of patients and staff.
  • The office is equipped with units that will help with disinfection and purification.
  • You will notice hand sanitizer readily available for patient usage.
  • For treatments, you may see more use of a high-velocity suction device that removes aerosols.

As always, we will provide you with the highest possible quality of care. Our protocols with sterilization and disinfection will provide a safe environment for not only our patients but for our team as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

When it is time for your next appointment, you may see some additional changes for patient and staff safety, along with our already strict infection control protocols:

  • We will call with a COVID pre-screening questionnaire 48-72 hours prior to your appointment, which will be given again upon arrival at your appointment
  • When arriving for your appointment, you may wait in your vehicle and check-in by phone. We will let you know if your treatment room is ready for your entry.
  • No additional guests may attend the appointment with the patient (with the exception of those needing special assistance determined on a case-by-case basis)
  • Patient’s temperature will be taken upon arrival
  • You are invited to use the hand sanitizer readily available throughout the office

To make an appointment, please call our office at 419-435-6700 or click here to request an appointment online.

Thank you for entrusting us with your oral health.

Additional COVID-19 Information

What Can Be Done to Avoid SARS-CoV-2?

As there is no vaccine at this time for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, avoiding being exposed to the virus is the only protection available.

How does the COVID-19 virus spread?

Coronavirus transmission tends to happen from one person to another. This ordinarily happens through respiratory droplets from talking, sneezing, or coughing while within 6′ of the other person. These aerosolized droplets can come into the body by way of the nose, mouth, or eyes, and may also cause infection when inhaled directly into the lungs.

Please remember that a person can still be contagious without actually having any symptoms.

The novel coronavirus can also be transmitted from coming into contact with surfaces where respiratory droplets have landed and touching your face afterward.

How can I defend myself against this virus?

Here are the recommended ways to prevent exposure to the virus:

  • Use social distancing. Be sure to maintain a distance of six feet from other people while in public places.
  • Wash your hands frequently. There is a proper way to do it. Make sure you know what it is.
  • If you do not have access to soap, use a hand sanitizer containing at least sixty percent alcohol.
  • Try to avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose without washing your hands first.
  • Wear a mask when in public.
  • Make sure to cover your mouth in the event that you sneeze or cough.
  • Surfaces in your home should be disinfected often.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 could be severe or mild. Check your temperature, should you believe you could have the symptoms of COVID-19. The symptoms are as follows:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Muscle aches/body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Loss of sense(s) of taste or smell
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting and/or nausea
  • Runny nose and/or congestion

Which people are most vulnerable?

While COVID-19 infection might result in severe complications for anyone, those who are most at risk are those over sixty-five years old or who have a preexisting medical condition, like:

  • Asthma or lung disease
  • A heart condition
  • Individuals who have immunodeficiencies
  • Severe obesity
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease

In the event I get sick, what should I do?

For those who suspect they may have the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a self-checker and a website with recommended guidelines to follow.

Is It a Bad Idea to See the Dentist During the Pandemic?

While we deal with the current pandemic, quite a few people prefer to stay home as much as they can and are avoiding any potentially unnecessary appointments. You may be wondering, is it a good idea to put off dental checkups and cleanings?

The opposite may be true, according to a paper published recently in the British Dental Journal.

Dentists have known for a long while now about the links between the health of the mouth and the wellbeing of the entire body. In Victoria Sampson’s paper, she looks into the ways that many of the virus’s serious complications may be tied to oral bacteria.

What complications are connected with COVID-19?

These dangerous complications include:

  • Septic shock
  • Blood clots
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)

The complications of the virus are more likely to result in death than the virus itself. While COVID-19 is a virus, these complications are actually caused by bacterial infection. Studies are showing that eighty percent of patients in the ICU are being found to have elevated levels of harmful bacteria, necessitating treatment with antibiotics. This information indicates that bacteria play a big part when it comes to the severity of COVID-19 infections.

In what ways are COVID-19 complications linked to oral health?

Oral bacteria are likely to find their way into the respiratory tract. Many of the same varieties of bacteria in periodontitis can worsen or cause conditions like pneumonia or sepsis.

This is where good oral health and proper oral hygiene come in. The transfer of bad types of bacteria between the lungs and mouth can be lessened through taking good care of your mouth. Some studies have found that better oral health may lower the possibility of ventilator-associated pneumonia in patients in the ICU and also help prevent the risk of bacterial superinfection.

Don’t postpone maintaining your oral health!

While it may be a scary time to visit the dentist, now is the time to ensure that you have the best oral health that you can. Good oral health can reduce your chances of complications from COVID-19, and is good for the health of your body.

Whether you have an oral issue you’d like looked into, or you are past due for a dental visit, contact us now to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sulken or Dr. Kinn.

Elevated Chance of Dying With COVID and Periodontal Disease

The connection between oral health and the health of the body is not something to be overlooked. Many strong links have been found between the health of the mouth and cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Bacteria found in the mouth can impact respiratory ailments, too.

In Germany, a study was undertaken that looked into patients that had been hospitalized with COVID-19. The study uncovered that those with gum disease had a substantially elevated chance of life-threatening respiratory failure.

This dangerous condition is assumed to be caused by IL-6 (interleukin) which is a harmful protein produced by gum disease. Interleukin makes its way from the gums to the lungs where it causes severe respiratory issues.

According to founder of the UCLA Dental Research Journal, Shervin Molayem, DDS, “Gum disease has been linked to other breathing ailments, including pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, so we weren’t surprised to find a link to respiratory problems with COVID-19.”

Molayem continued with, “what shocked us was the discovery of the protein’s devastating, life-threatening impact on patients once they’re hospitalized. One tiny, inflammatory protein robbed them of their ability to breathe.”

You can learn more about these findings in The Mouth-COVID Connection from the California Dental Association.

Now, with COVID-19, having good oral health is crucial. Make certain you have your six-month checkup scheduled and contact us if you spot any of the symptoms of periodontal disease.

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