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COVID-19 Update

Pure Dental Health is dedicated to helping our community during this time. We are seeing patients for emergencies BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call our office to schedule your appointment.

We’ve made a decision based on ADA and CDC recommendations to postpone elective procedures for at least one week, however, we are still seeing patients depending on your need.

According to the association, emergency dental care include:

  • Any treatment for pain, swelling or infection
  • Chipped, cracked and broken teeth
  • Loose or displaced restorations

Refrain from coming in if you have:

  • A fever
  • A cough or shortness of breath
  • A history of significant chronic illness
  • A compromised immune system
  • Or if you or a family member:
    • Are considered high-risk
    • Have traveled to a location with a level 3 travel health notice
    • Have traveled in a airplane in the past two weeks
    • Have been previously asked to self-isolate or self-quarantine
    • Have had close contact to an individual diagnosed with the COVID-19 infection

We are also scheduling virtual exams. You can meet with a dentist from your home. This service will allow you to have a virtual exam with your dentist via video call. This service should be available by 3/20/20. When calling, notify our scheduler if you would like to schedule a virtual appointment and they will take your name and number and get back with you with available times once this service is live.

We will be posting updates as we have them.

Smoking and Your Oral Health ,

Most of us are well aware of the negative effects that smoking has on your overall health.  However, smoking also has a significant negative impact on your oral health.  Besides causing bad breath and tooth discoloration, smoking can also cause more serious oral health problems such as periodontal (gum) disease and oral cancer.

Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the United States.  Smoking and using other tobacco products can lead to periodontal disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to you teeth.  Also, it appears that smoking interferes with the normal functions of gum tissue cells making smokers more susceptible to gum disease.  This interference may also impair blood flow to the gums which may affect wound healing and make dental procedures such as dental implants less effective.

Oral cancer is a serious type of cancer found in the oral cavity and/or throat.  Your risk for developing this type of cancer is much higher if you are a smoker.  The mortality rates with oral cancer are higher than many other types of cancer because it is commonly discovered in the later stages.  This makes oral cancer screening a very important part of regular dental checkups.

Quitting smoking can decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, oral cancer and many other serious medical conditions.  It can also improve both the appearance and the health of your teeth and gums and help you to keep your teeth longer.  For more information about the effect of smoking on your oral health, talk to a qualified Dentist in your local area.  You can also find helpful information regarding smoking cessation on The American Cancer Society website.

Posted on behalf of Pure Dental Health

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