April 15, 2020
Are you considered an at-risk patient for COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions? Unfortunately, the virus has kept many people with existing health problems from being able to go out and do major tasks, such as grocery shopping and getting their teeth cleaned. That’s why your dentist in DeLand has implemented special safety protocols in an effort to provide at-risk patients with a safe space to receive preventive dental care in. That way, your oral health won’t decline while you’re self-isolating. Read on to learn more about what it means to be an “at-risk patient” during the COVID-19 crisis and how your dentist is accommodating your unique situation.
Who is At-Risk of Becoming Severely Ill From COVID-19?
COVID-19 has been seen to target different areas of the body. For some patients who already have existing medical conditions that affect these parts of their body, the virus can be life-threatening. That’s why it’s important to be aware of your medical history and mindful of how the CDC’s recommendations to stay safe. Here are some underlying factors that could put you at a higher risk of developing severe symptoms if you contract COVID-19:
- Over 65 years old
- Lung conditions
- Heart disease
- Diabetes (Type 1 & Type 2)
- Weakened immune system
- Liver disease
- Chronic kidney disease
How At-Risk Patients Can Protect Themselves In Public?
The conditions listed above are only a few that may signify you’re at-risk. If you have any condition that impacts your lung, heart, or immune system, it’s important to be mindful while going out into public areas that could expose you to the virus. Here are some tips to stay healthy:
- Social distance while you’re out in public.
- Use contactless grocery or food delivery options.
- Implement thorough hand hygiene, even when you’re at home.
- Limit the number of visitors you have.
- Try a mail-order pharmacy that will deliver your prescriptions to your door.
- Call your dentist’s or doctor’s office to learn whether they’re implementing special safety protocols for at-risk patients to ensure your safety.
Remember that your safety is important. Many public spaces, such as grocery stores, are allowing especially at-risk people to visit their establishments first, after everything has been freshly sanitized, allowing for a safer overall experience.
What’s Your Dentist Doing to Prioritize At-Risk Patients’ Health?
Your dentist in DeLand has implemented new safety protocols to make sure that your health and safety are being prioritized. By offering early appointments and exceeding the CDC’s and ADA’s disinfection and sanitation measures, they’re able to make sure that your oral health doesn’t decline during the pandemic while also looking after your overall health and safety.
The best way to learn what your dentist can do to ease your anxiety about visiting their office during the COVID-19 crisis is to contact them directly. They’ll be able to accommodate your needs and make sure you feel safe as you get the dental care you require.
About the Author
Dr. Christopher Cowell has two decades of experience in dentistry. He is passionate about helping his patients optimize their oral health and preserve their natural pearly whites for their lifetime. He is currently accepting new and existing patient appointments, including checkups and cleanings. For questions about safety protocols during COVID-19 or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call 386-734-8585.
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