Access Family Care to see only urgent dental care patients for the next three weeks, per ADA recommendation

American Dental Association
Access Family

JOPLIN, Mo. – Many may be wondering about the safety of going to see your dentist right now, as most visits require close contact.

Access Family Care in Joplin is taking extra steps to make those visits safe for themselves and their patients.

“So we have someone at our front door that’s screening and talking to them about where they’ve traveled, if they have any health issues going on, taking temperatures, and when they come back into our dental waiting room we’re only allowing one person to come in with them and taking temperatures again and obviously were wearing our full personal protective equipment” said Chief Dental Officer with Access Family Care, Kala Smith.

Dr. Smith says the dental unit follows strict guidelines to minimize the chances of contracting or spreading anything whilst working in a patients mouth.

“If we are wearing our proper personal protective equipment, then we should be fine, but just following everything to a T, making sure our masks are constantly on, our eye wear are constantly on, our coats are constantly on and we’re disposing of those and replacing those.”

They will be following some new guidelines as well, the American Dental Association released a statement recommending dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Meaning dentists should only be seeing emergency dental patients, for now.

“If they have minor issues like a cleaning or something then they’re more than welcome to try and reschedule and that’s not the goal right now to treat those particular type of patients. We’re here to treat those who are still having pain and have urgent needs and trying to keep the doors open for them” added Dr. Smith.

With these new changes, Dr. Smith says it’s more important than ever to take good care of your oral hygiene at home.

“It’s always important to make sure we’re brushing daily, twice daily, and flossing and just taking good care of our teeth and limiting sugary intakes because anything we can do on that side of things definitely helps our teeth in the long run and helps prevent more dental care.”

She added that they will follow the recommendations of the American Dental Association for the three weeks and then go from there with what to do next.