Tag: Cleanings

A Dentist And A Hygienist Describe How COVID-19 Disrupts Even Routine Teeth Cleanings | KCUR 89.3

Dental offices across Kansas closed for more than a month to make sure they weren’t using up critical personal protective equipment needed at hospitals.

Now many are beginning to clean molars and bicuspids again.

Brian Grimmett of the Kansas News Service spoke with David Lawlor, a dentist, and Julie Martin, the president of the Kansas Dental Hygienists’ Association, to find out what you can expect when you go and how they’re trying to keep patients and employees safe.


The interviews were performed separately. The questions and answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.


Kansas News Service: What are the expectations for getting back up and running?

David Lawlor: We’ve been pushing patients back for six weeks. I think at first people originally we’re trying to do their best to deal with it. If it’s something I can put off for a while I will. But

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Do I Really Need to Have Teeth Cleanings Twice a Year?

Have a health question? Email us at SELFHealthQs@condenast.com and we might answer it in an upcoming Q&A!

Q: My dentist told me I should come in for teeth cleanings twice a year, but I’ll be honest: I feel like going even once every 12 months deserves a gold star. How bad is it for my health to avoid dentist appointments?

We definitely feel your pain (or your urge to avoid pain and skip your appointments, rather). Going to the dentist can be anxiety-inducing or even just hard to fit into your schedule if you’re not having an emergency. To get to the root of this one, we chatted with Maria Lopez Howell, D.D.S., an American Dental Association spokesperson, and Vera Tang, D.D.S., New York City-based dentist. Here’s what they have to say.

Consider one dentist appointment a year your absolute minimum. But you might need to go more frequently depending

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