Should I Avoid going to the Dentist until I get the COVID Vaccine?

Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA

The coronavirus is here to stay, yet the COVID vaccine gives hope for a better tomorrow, a tomorrow that includes celebrating birthdays and holidays with family, children returning to school, and taking vacations again. According to the LA Times, 49.1% of Californians have received at least one dose of the vaccine as of the time this blog was written. However, research concludes that the COVID vaccine is not fully effective until two weeks after receiving the second dose, which is why we answer this common question today on the blog. Should I avoid going to the dentist until I get my COVID vaccine?

Short answer, nope! You do not have to avoid the dentist until after getting your COVID vaccine. Here’s why.

should i avoid dentist until get covid vaccine

Our dental team has implemented COVID protocols to prevent the spread of the virus

Even before the COVID pandemic, Smiles by Dr. Cook followed local, state, and federal health and safety guidelines to ensure patient safety and prevent spreading infectious diseases. However, the COVID pandemic means adding extra layers of protection for patients and employees. Along with wearing CDC-approved personal protective equipment like masks, gloves, face shields, and lab coats, our practice has adapted COVID protocols to reduce airborne pathogens. Our HVAC system has unique air scrubbers installed. Air scrubbers improve indoor air quality by removing contaminants, and airborne pathogens using titanium oxide coated filters and a UV germicidal light. Our high-tech air filtration system is here to stay! Rest at ease knowing that the air you breathe inside our office is free of dangerous airborne pathogens.

We also implemented the use of the Dry-Shield device during each procedure that produces aerosols. This small device is similar to an oral suction but is designed to reduce oral aerosols from entering the air. Additionally, aerosol reduction means fewer airborne particles enter the air and risk infecting others. The device rests comfortably inside your mouth and remains in place during your procedure. Afterward, attachments are removed and sterilized following OSHA and CDC guidelines for future use.

Your dental needs continue, with or without a pandemic

Last year, many patients skipped dental appointments, whether they needed them or not. However, pandemics don’t stop cavities and other dental concerns from developing. With our COVID safety protocols in place, it makes going to the dentist during COVID safer than ever before. So, don’t delay your dental care because doing so could increase health-related risks such as cardiovascular events, stroke, and diabetes. These health risks increase in patients with poor oral health or those with gum disease. Therefore, Dr. Cook, a Poway general dentist, advises patients to see the dentist even if they haven’t been vaccinated. Even if you have impeccable at-home oral hygiene habits, you still could be at risk for dental disease and require regular dental care to maintain your oral health. Book an appointment today to ensure your oral health remains on track.

Family Dentist in Poway and Rancho Bernardo

The COVID vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a sign that the pandemic is improving. Whether you plan on getting the COVID vaccine or not, you still require routine dental care such as cleanings and exams. If you need to schedule an appointment, please call Smiles by Dr. Cook at (858) 673-0141 or contact us today. In an effort to maintain the health and safety of our team members and patients, we ask that you please remain home if you are sick, exhibit symptoms associated with COVID, have been around anyone who has tested positive for COVID, or have received a positive COVID test recently. Please do not hesitate to contact Smiles by Dr. Cook for questions about receiving oral care or whether you should reschedule an upcoming dental appointment.

How are we managing COVID-19?  Read our safety practice policy.

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