With stay-at-home orders still fresh in everyone’s memory and social distancing rapidly becoming a way of life, it can be easy to avoid anything having to do with the doctor… well, like the plague. While it’s a good idea to be conscientious when you go out, there are still some medical visits that you shouldn’t put off. Including (you guessed it!) going to the dentist.
A recent Washington Post article discussed five specific medical visits that are important to keep for your future health and well being. In addition to dental visits, these appointments include:
- Cancer screenings
- Physical therapy
- Blood tests
- Emergency room visits
Taking care of your oral health can have a huge positive impact on your quality of life, for the rest of your life! “Dental problems early on — like very small decay in a tooth — rarely have symptoms, so people often aren’t aware they have a problem until a dentist examines their teeth…” the article says.
While it’s important for everyone to receive routine dental checkups and cleanings, there are certain groups that are more at risk than others if their teeth go untreated. These include children with braces – whose teeth can move in damaging ways if the braces aren’t adjusted regularly – and people who are part way through a fitting for things like crowns and bridges.
Because they work with the mouth, which can be a germy place under the bet of circumstances, dentists have always taken extreme precautions to keep themselves, their staff, and their patients safe. We encourage you to come in and see us! With proper dental care, you can enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile even during a pandemic.
Click here to read the full Washington Post article. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to set up an appointment, please give us a call at (307) 856-9725.