With the threat that COVID-19 poses to older patients and those with compromised immune systems, your endodontist in Tacoma has had to change the way their practice handles safety and hygiene. In addition to the strict protocols they were following before, they have also adopted a number of additional steps meant to prevent the spread of infection, such as performing a pre-screening before each appointment or wearing a protective coat along with two layers of masks. In particular, you may notice that you’re being asked to rinse your mouth before your treatment begins. Why is this step important, and does it really help protect you against COVID-19? Read on to learn more about the difference mouthwash can make in an endodontist’s office.
How Does Mouthwash Work?
You’ve no doubt been told countless times that you should brush and floss every day, but you may not have been told about the importance of rinsing your mouth quite as often. And yet, mouthwash can go a long way towards reducing the level of harmful bacteria in your mouth. The ingredients in mouthwash are geared towards killing various pathogens, particularly those that contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. The act of rinsing also helps dislodge food debris as well as loose plaque. Certain brands of mouthwash contain fluoride, which helps strengthen the teeth against acid attacks.
Can Mouthwash Help Protect Against COVID-19?
As of now, the effectiveness of mouthwash against COVID-19 – or other strains of coronavirus – has not been tested. It may have an effect, but as of now there’s no real evidence either way. With that said, getting rid of the harmful bacteria living in your mouth is definitely good for your oral and overall health. Furthermore, if there are fewer pathogens in your oral cavity, there’s less of a chance that infectious material will be spread over the course of an endodontic treatment. In short, using mouthwash as a precaution before your appointment will definitely have its benefits.
What Else Can You Expect During Your Appointment?
In addition to rinsing your mouth, there are a few other anti-COVID-19 steps you’ll need to follow during your next endodontist visit:
- You’ll have to answer a quick health questionnaire and describe any concerning symptoms you might be showing.
- You’ll undergo a no-touch temperature check.
- You will be asked not to shake anybody’s hands, and there will be no magazines in the reception area.
These steps are likely different than what you’re used to, but they’ve been implemented with the goal of giving you peace of mind and additional protection whenever you visit the office. The key to staying safe from COVID-19 is to be proactive about health; mouthwash is just one more example of something your endodontist is using to keep your smile – and the rest of your body – as clean and healthy as possible.
About the Author
Dr. Tina Olsson has been working in the dental field for over 15 years now, and over the years she has helped countless patients save their natural teeth and enjoy a higher quality of life. Thanks to the advanced safety protocols at South Sound Endodontics, she is able to continue to see patients in a safe, sterile environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. To schedule an appointment or learn more about the steps the practice is taking, get in touch with Dr. Olsson through her website or by calling (253) 752-5511.