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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.

What is Gingivitis? ,

Gingivitis is a mild, reversible form of gum disease that involves inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth.  It is the first stage of gum disease and, if left untreated, may progress to Periodontitis (the loss of bone around the teeth).  Periodontitis is a more serious form of periodontal disease and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.

Gingivitis is caused by the buildup of plaque, a sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that regularly forms on teeth.  If this plaque is allowed to build up, it can create by products that can damage the gums.

The best way to prevent Gingivitis is to prevent the build up of plaque by practicing good oral hygiene including brushing twice per day and flossing once per day.  Getting regular dental cleanings and exams is another important factor in preventing Gingivitis and more serious gum disease.  Your Dentist may also recommend that you rinse daily with an antibacterial mouthwash.

Signs and symptoms of Gingivitis include mild inflammation of the gums, red or swollen gums that bleed easily, mouth soreness and itching around the gums.  Gingivitis has several degrees of severity so symptoms will vary in intensity with each case.  The swelling and inflammation of the gums can be mild or very painful, depending on the area that is affected.  If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to communicate this information to your Dentist so he or she can examine your gums and, if needed, implement an appropriate treatment plan.

Posted on behalf of Pure Dental Health

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