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How to deal with dental emergencies during coronavirus pandemic

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Dental practices were ordered to shut down during the coronavirus pandemic but patients shouldn’t hesitate to contact their dentists if there is an emergency.

The California Dental Association recently issued a reminder that patients experiencing pain or an unexpected problem, should contact their dentists instead of visiting hospital emergency rooms.

Dentists can offer guidance on whether a condition can be managed at home or whether a patient should be seen for emergency treatment in a dental office.

CDA can arrange for an interview with a dentist to offer tips on how individuals can handle dental concerns during the suspension in routine care – topics include:

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  • What dental problems are emergencies?
  • When should a patient call their dentist?
  • How can patients without a regular dentist access emergency care?
  • Why should people avoid getting help in an emergency room?
  • What steps can people take at home to prevent dental disease?
  • What extra precautions are dental practices taking?

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, dentists may only perform procedures that are needed to treat emergencies such as abscesses, severe pain and trauma. 

Additionally, dentists must screen patients for COVID-19 and follow protective equipment protocols that should be taken to provide care for patients at this time.

CDA encourages brushing two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly. In addition, sugary food and drinks should be avoided to reduce the risk of cavities.


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