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Plexiglass, more mouthwash and a lot of questions. What to expect when you go back to the dentist

The idea of having someone poke around your mouth might be panic-inducing when we now know that COVID-19 spreads through droplets in the air, but dental offices in Ontario have been allowed to see patients again since June 1.

I myself went to see my dentist over the weekend after my appointment to get a filling was delayed for three months (I also had to fix an exposed nerve at the back of my mouth that made flossing and eating not fun at all). As someone who still isn’t ready to dine at a patio, let along dine inside a restaurant whenever Toronto moves into Phase 3, I actually felt quite safe the whole time I was there — mouth agape and all.

Dentists’ guidelines for infection control were updated as recently as three years ago, “so we already had strict protocols in place,” says Dr. Lesli Hapak, president of

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After lockdown: what you can expect when you go to the dentist
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Since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in March 2020, it has caused unprecedented disruption to our everyday lives, not least to our health services. While hospitals braced themselves for an influx of COVID-19 patients, other areas of healthcare were severely affected. Suddenly, for example, going to the dentist was no longer an option.

Dental practices in the UK and across the world were forced to stop all non-emergency face-to-face dentistry to reduce the potential risk of virus transmission. Now, as governments worldwide begin to ease restrictions, the dental profession is planning a safe return for the delivery of care. But the care you receive and the dental practice you visit is likely to be different to what you were used to before COVID-19.

To explore the changes implemented in dental practices internationally, a group of researchers and clinicians from a range of UK institutions, led by Craig

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What to Expect at a Dentist Visit for an Adult

A visit to the dentist doesn’t have to be something to dread. Dentists and hygienists want to help, and they’ll usually try to make your office visit as easy as possible.

You can often watch movies or TV. They may break up work into many visits so it’s not too much in one sitting. And there are options for pain relief or sedation during procedures.

Making it to the chair puts you closer to better health and smiling with more confidence.


Before the Appointment

Plan enough time off from work or school to feel less rushed or anxious about getting back. When you make your appointment, ask how long a cleaning and exam usually take, then add extra time to that. You’ll be in the dentist’s chair longer if it’s been a while since your last visit. An end-of-day appointment is a good option so you

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Dentist Visit: About, What to Expect

What Happens During a Dental Visit?
First, it is important to find a dentist with whom you feel comfortable. Once you’ve found a dentist you like, your next step is to schedule a check-up — before any problems arise.

On your first visit to a dentist, they will take a full health history. On subsequent visits, if your health status has changed, make sure to tell them.

Most dental visits are checkups. Regular checkups (ideally every six months) will help your teeth stay cleaner, last longer and can prevent painful problems from developing.

  • A thorough cleaning
    Checkups almost always include a complete cleaning, either from your dentist or a dental hygienist. Using special instruments, a dental hygienist will scrape below the gumline, removing built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. Your dentist or hygienist may also polish and floss your teeth.
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