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How to safely go to the dentist during the pandemic

My tongue first detected the problem when it caught a sharp edge on my teeth: A hefty hunk of my back right molar was missing. I’m not sure how it happened, but it meant that after months of avoiding any sort of physical closeness with other people, I needed to brave the dentist’s chair.

With the pandemic raging across the United States, the office I entered in Alexandria, Virginia, looked very different from the one I had visited months before. Two cups of pens sat on the receptionist’s desk, one for “clean” writing utensils and the other for those recently used. A plexiglass partition divided me from the rest of the office behind, and everyone—myself included—donned a mask.

Dental work is a uniquely risky environment for spreading SARS-CoV-2, since medical practitioners work face-to-face with open-mouthed patients for extended periods of time. “We, unfortunately, work in a danger zone,” says Mark

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Amid coronavirus pandemic, dentist reports uptick in tooth fractures

A dentist has seen an uptick in tooth fractures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Tammy Chen, prosthodontist, and owner of Central Park Dental Aesthetics in Midtown Manhattan, described her patients’ teeth troubles in the New York Times on Tuesday and offered several possible explanations.

“I’ve seen more tooth fractures in the last six weeks than in the previous six years,” Chen recalled saying to a friend.

While Chen addressed an increased call volume via telemedicine in mid-March when the office closed (for issues like jaw pain, migraines, and tooth sensitivity), she reported at least one fracture every day since reopening in June.

She says “one obvious answer” behind the fractures is stress, from “COVID-induced nightmares to ‘doomsurfing’ to ‘coronaphobia,” and added that it’s clear the ongoing pandemic is causing anxiety, thereby affecting mental health. The stress may cascade to “clenching and grinding” that can damage teeth, Chen explained.

A dentist has voiced an uptick in tooth fractures amid the coronavirus pandemic. (iStock)

A dentist 

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A visit to the dentist will get expensive. But is it safe to book an appointment during the pandemic?

WASHINGTON: Is it safe to visit the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic? Dentists can’t eliminate all risk, but they are taking steps to minimize the chances of spreading the coronavirus.

You’ll likely notice changes as soon as you enter the office. Many dentists have removed magazines from waiting rooms, for example, as well as some chairs to encourage social distancing.

They also are spacing out appointments to avoid crowding their offices.

You may be asked to arrive for your appointment with a facial covering and to wait in your car until equipment is cleaned and the dentist is ready. Before receiving care, you can also expect staff to take your temperature and ask about COVID-19 symptoms.

Procedures are changing, too.

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Some dentists are charging for all the extra gear, so ask in advance if you should expect extra costs.

Coronavirus is spread mainly through droplets people spray when

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What to do if you need to see your dentist during the pandemic

What to do if you need to see your dentist during the pandemic

The president of Quebec’s order of dentists drills down

From CBC News · See the original article here

Dental visits are cancelled for everything except emergencies right now, but if you are experiencing a dental issue, start by calling your clinic. (Attila Kisbendek/AFP via Getty Images)

Dentists’ offices have been closed for all but dire emergencies during the coronavirus pandemic. But chipped teeth, toothaches and other dental issues don’t respect the shutdown.

So what happens then? CBC’s Sonali Karnick spoke with Dr. Guy Lafrance, president of Quebec’s order of dentists, on Saturday’s All In A Weekend.

How should people get in touch with their dentist?

First of all, we do it by phone. If the clinic does not answer the phone, just leave a message on the

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Florida braces for presidential primary amid a health pandemic

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic on Wednesday, state election officials have made a number of changes, from relocating polling sites to encouraging more early voting, to protect the health of the state’s 4 million people who are over the age of 65 and represent one-fifth of the total population of the state.

“Our recommendation would be if there’s a polling location in assisted living facility, allow the residents to vote there,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a press conference on Wednesday. “But maybe the general public should have the option or be directed to go to a different polling location.”

Some of the changes being implemented by election officials across the state include relocating polling sites away from assisted living senior communities.

Hillsborough County, on the west coast of the state, immediately announced changes to polling locations that were set to be at large assisted

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Getting to the dentist during a pandemic

“I was having some pain,” she said. “With the pandemic I said, ‘I’ll just have to wait until everything’s over.'”

That Sunday, though, the pain became extreme. When she found a dentist who could see her, she learned she needed an emergency root canal.

As part of the country’s response to the Covid-19 crisis, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that dentists put off “elective procedures, surgeries and non-urgent dental visits,” allowing only emergency visits until the threat subsides.

That’s because dental work could place dentists and dental hygienists at risk for Covid-19 infection, according to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The government agency includes dental health-care providers in the “very high exposure risk” category. Routine dental tools such as air-water syringes can send droplets of saliva through the air, potentially carrying the virus with them. Even recommended personal
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler leaves ‘quarantine bubble’ during coronavirus pandemic to obtain MS medicine

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Jamie-Lynn Sigler informed fans that she was forced to risk leaving her “quarantine bubble” during the coronavirus pandemic in order to get the medication she needs to treat her multiple sclerosis.

The 38-year-old former “Sopranos” actress posted a photo to Instagram showing herself in sweats and wearing a surgical mask, beanie cap and large glasses while seemingly in the waiting room of a doctor’s office Wednesday. She captioned the image with a note about having to seek treatment for her MS regardless of the current pandemic situation.

“I came out of my bubble today to get my medication I receive twice a year. I am more than fine and have been taking every precaution to be safe and make sure my family is safe when I return,” she wrote. “But let me say,

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Coronavirus Chicago: Woodlawn dentist Dr. Ogbonna Bowden provides relief for dental emergencies, despite pandemic

CHICAGO (WLS) — With a fractured tooth, one South Shore resident couldn’t wait.

“By this weekend, extreme pain. I was extremely uncomfortable,” said Kortney Mims.

Mims got her temperature checked and found careful safety protocol at My Dental Gallery, including a device that limits contact during dental procedures.

“That reduces the aerosol by 90%, and we have our regular PPE to protect us from whatever comes out of the patient’s mouth,” said Dr. Ogbonna Bowden from My Dental Gallery.

“I’m just very grateful they could get me in and take care of me at such a crazy time,” Mims said. “I have a huge smile underneath this mask I’m so happy and I’m so relieved.”

Bowden closed his three dental offices but is seeing patients with dental emergencies at his Woodlawn office on63rd Street.

“It’s natural, if you have pain, natural you would go to the ER, but we don’t

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