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April 3rd, 2020

From the desk of Stuart F. Fass, D.D.S.

Well we’ve all been blitzed with information and the guidelines seem to change hourly on social distancing and hand washing.  We’re still not sure how long the virus remains active on surfaces or even if those who have been sick with the virus and recovered have any future immunity or for how long immunity might last. So it is important to keep up to date with new information and to take all these guidelines quite seriously.  This disease has affected our entire planet so there’s no place where you might escape it’s impact.
Our office has followed the recommendations put out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA).  We are seeing only patients with an emergency problem or an urgent need for treatment.  Mostly it’s people who have pain, infection, or swelling.  We never want those with a dental problem tying up hospital resources, but this is especially true now with the health care system being stretched to the max.  We have limited staff in the office to answer calls personally and provide access to our patient’s records.  Procedures that are elective or not urgent are being postponed.  As always, we observe strict universal precautions to prevent cross contamination and provide a safe environment for our staff and patients.
Another obstacle to our health is the sheltering in place of our population.  There’s the mental strain of being cooped up with your out of school kids and the difficulty of trying to work remotely or of not working at all.  Many parents (and adults with no kids) are stocking up on snack foods to comfort them through the ordeal.  Some have hypothesized that we’ll see a baby boom in 9 months.  We certainly don’t need to see a cavity boom in a year.  Make sure to keep the diet healthy and go to the fresh produce for snacking.  Think fruits and veggies!  Keep the toothbrushes clean with a little soap and water between uses.  By the way, if you think that 20 seconds of washing your hands is a long time, remember that we recommend brushing for 2 minutes twice a day.  I think that’s singing “Happy Birthday” about 12 times!  Maybe a kitchen timer or a watch is a better idea.
Stay safe, be well and let’s all watch out for each other.

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