For our valued patients, we are closely monitoring the current COVID-19 health crisis. Our top priority as your health care provider is keeping your teeth healthy during this time. As you know, the best way to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 is to wash your hands, wear a mask, and practice social distancing. We also have pre-screening and extensive cleaning practices in place. We take particular care with seniors and individuals with lowered immune systems who are most at risk.
Our live answering service proved important with many people during the 10 weeks at the height of the first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak in early 2020, when dentists’ offices were closed. Because of his live answering service, Dr. Bentham was able to accept over 100 calls for dental emergencies during that time.
Our COVID-19 Safety Procedures
Dr. Bentham and his staff follow full Covid-19 safety protocols as outlined by the provincial health and industry authorities, including mandatory hand-sanitizing at the front door, temperature taking of patients, regular hand-washing, blood pressure and pulse checks and mouth rinses. Special Clearbright filters for disinfection are highly reliable and effective, as is personal protective equipment (PPE). Equipment is sterilized using UVC light and compounds are mixed using light, not chemicals.
Other Ways to Reduce Your Risk
In addition to standard advice, another way to avoid respiratory infection is to keep your teeth clean. Here’s why:
There are 400 to 500 species of bacteria that live in your mouth. Viruses can use bacteria as factories to grow and multiply. If a virus makes its way into your mouth (usually from touching your hands to your mouth), the fewer bacteria in your mouth the less likely the virus will grow.
Periodontal disease is caused by plaque-producing bacteria. The body in defense of periodontal disease releases cytokines. These cytokines trigger your blood-making organs to constantly fight or defend themselves, thus weakening the body’s immune system to fight other infections. Periodontal disease is a potential contributing factor for respiratory diseases, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
The bacteria that cause periodontal disease and are weakening your immune system are breeding right now in the perfect environment of your mouth. They love the cozy, moist, dark, warm and acidic environment. The tight areas between your teeth are particularly good breeding grounds for bacteria. The bacteria grow rapidly, actually doubling their count every hour.
Don’t put off your regular visits to your dentist!
We want you to stay safe and smile often!
Dr. Bentham looks forward to showing you how exceptional dentistry can improve your life.