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Dental emergencies in times of coronavirus

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a good way to support your immune system during the coronavirus outbreak. However, the unexpected can happen and you may face dental emergencies for a variety of reasons: loose tooth, severe toothache, gums aching, swollen jaw, dental abscess, inflammation around wisdom teeth, etc. On such occasions, there’s no doubt that nothing can replace face-to-face contact. But, during these challenging times, video calls or teleconferencing apps can at least improve communications prior to an emergency visit. Dr. Sharp is offering TeleDentistry Consultation. Just call us at 305-857-0990 to schedule a virtual consultation.

Most importantly, to book a teleconsultation it’s not necessary for you to be an existing patient at Dr. Sharp Dentistry. Our main priority, first and foremost, is the health and safety not only of our patients but also of our community as a whole. At all times, we adhere to the highest level of precautions and protocols in our practice to prevent the spread of infection, including COVID-19. 

How to avoid dental emergencies and how to deal with them

Dental emergencies are a fact of life, but there are things you can do to avoid them. In the long run, the best way is to adopt an oral hygiene routine and have regular check-ups with your dentist. During these visits, your dentist will check for loose fillings and crowns as well as signs of decay, infection, oral cancer screening, and gum disease. You should also give special attention to your whole body and mind by eating healthy, exercising regularly, sleeping well and meditating to help keep you healthy. A custom treatment plan can be created to address these problems before they develop into an emergency.

If you don’t need urgent dental care, stay home: postponing a dental checkup or hygiene/cosmetic appointment is not be a big deal. But if you’re in pain and need urgent attention, call Dr. Sharp Dentistry. We’re always here for you. But you can do your part with an oral care routine that can make you feel better: Wash your hands with soap before your oral care routine with soap, thoroughly. Use floss picks when you are away from home. Use dental floss or dental tape, at least once a day after brushing, to clean in between your teeth. Brush your teeth at least twice a day after meals with a soft bristle brush and a natural fluoride-free toothpaste. Use a natural alcohol-free and fluoride-free mouthwash after brushing in the evening. Wear gloves if you want to floss but just can’t use your bare hands at the moment.

Stay home, stay safe and, in case of a dental emergency, call Dr. Sharp Dentistry at 305-857-0990. For more information about these infection control procedures, please visit the American Dental Association or CDC websites.

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