Dental Health Is More Important Than Ever

Maintaining your periodontal health is more important than ever. Here are some reasons why you should not put off seeing your dental specialist:

Systemic Health

Study after study shows us that our oral health is intricately related to our overall health. Severe gum disease has been linked to serious conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, some cancers, kidney disease and, unfortunately, much more.

Infection Controls are in Place

As board certified periodontal surgeons, Dr. Fava and Levine have decades of experience in infection control and implementing measures to keep both our staff and patients safe. This year we increased infection control measures and took all necessary precautions to address COVID-19.  Some of the enhanced measures we’ve employed include:

  • Scheduling appointments to allow for greater social distancing
  • Introducing air purification units throughout the office
  • Daily office “fogging”
  • Increasing our use of tele-dentistry when possible for new patients

Delays Can be Dangerous

Many of our patients are undergoing comprehensive gum disease treatment plans that shouldn’t be altered. In its mildest form, gum disease, also known as gingivitis, can be present without symptoms. Gum disease can also cause bleeding gums, bad breath, and, ultimately, tooth loss if not treated. If you smoke, you are at a 250% greater risk of losing your teeth to gum disease!

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) recently stressed the importance of maintaining periodontal health during COVID-19, stating that establishing and maintaining healthy teeth and gums is fundamental to overall health. They say that “The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly affected most aspects of life, but with the right patient safety measures in place that align with state and local guidelines, it should not impact your ability to receive periodontal care.”

In a recent Google Review, here’s what patient Kim C. had to say about her  experience: “I was impressed with the attention to detail and cleanliness because of COVID-19.”

Need an appointment? Don’t delay! We’re here to help you maintain your best dental health during this challenging year and always.