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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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7 ways to take care of your teeth when you can’t go to the dentist

Taking care of your teeth is always important, but proper dental health is even more important now that dental cleanings may be cancelled due to the coronavirus. You likely (and hopefully) already have the tools needed for basic oral hygiene, like a toothbrush and floss, but maybe you don’t know why these tools are necessary or how to make the most out of them. We spoke to Dr. Ada Cooper, DMD, a dentist based in New York City and spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA), to get an expert’s tips for taking care of your teeth at home.

1. Get a quality toothbrush—and use it correctly

Brushing

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Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes.

There are certain non-negotiables when it comes to at-home dental care. The first one is obvious: A toothbrush. “Whether it’s manual or powered, your teeth really don’t care. You

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Why you can’t get your teeth fixed in CA: Dentist need masks

In mid-March, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration appeared to throw a lifeline to thousands of dentists who were terrified they would have to close their offices, leaving cavities unfilled, cleanings unscheduled and dental diseases undetected.

As one of the most dangerous professions for catching airborne infections, the dentists were anxious to build a stockpile of personal protection equipment just like California’s hospitals were doing. State officials promised to deliver masks that would have helped dentists provide at least some level of basic services to patients.

“Per our phone conversation, the dental association will get 1 million N95s,” a California Department of Public Health official, Trang Nguyen, emailed to the California Dental Association, on March 13. “Please give me a confirmation later on your trucking arrangement.”

Richard Stapler, an association vice president, replied that four big rigs would arrive to pick up the masks from the state’s warehouse the following week. Stapler,

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How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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With many dentist offices closed, experts say it’s more important than ever to brush properly and floss regularly. Getty Images
  • Most dentist offices are closed for routine procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Dentists are urging people to brush twice a day and floss once a day to take care of their teeth.
  • They say keeping your toothbrush clean is also important for good dental health.

All data and statistics are based on publicly available data at the time of publication. Some information may be out of date.

Good dental hygiene might not be in the front of your mind in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That could change quickly if you develop a painful cavity and can’t get in to see a dentist.

“I understand that this

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The best invisible braces for your teeth in 2020

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If you’re thinking about straightening your smile this year, there are a number of options out there, including at-home solutions that make it easy and affordable as well as more traditional in-office options. With so many different brands of invisible braces on the market, what’s the best choice?

We’ve broken down some of the biggest players in this space below!

At-home invisible aligners: how it works

Before we go into your options, we want to give you a quick explanation of at-home, doctor-directed teeth straightening for mild to moderate tooth movement. The process starts with an at-home impression kit which a licensed dental professional uses to create your treatment plan. The company then sends you your aligners without you ever having to leave the house, which can be especially important during this time of social distancing.

You’ll start with the first set of aligners, which begin

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Teeth whitening| Laser Whitening | Zoom whitening at Teethwhitening.org.uk in London

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A smile is a curve that sets many things right. And when sparkling white teeth accompany the smile, the result is much better. Every person would like to have sparkling white teeth but most have coloured teeth ranging from pale yellow to light brown.

Teeth bleaching or teeth whitening is a procedure that improves the colour of the teeth. Teeth whitening can be done

  • At the dentist’s clinic
  • At home
  • Using whitening toothpastes, trays, strips etc


Which Method Is The Best?

Each method has different results. In the dentist’s chair the whitening is faster as the dentist uses a concentrated bleaching agent after protecting the gums and surrounding tissue. Besides, he uses laser or some heating agent for quicker results. This may take an hour or so for the teeth to become white. The patient may need a couple of treatments more before he

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Can I still go to the dentist? How coronavirus is changing the way we look after our teeth

The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way we access health care, and dental care is no exception.

Dentists are no longer allowed to provide a raft of care, such as regular check-ups and tooth whitening, to minimise the spread of COVID-19. However, if you’re in a lot of pain, your dentist will be able to treat you.

Here’s how the coronavirus is changing the way we look after our teeth.




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Why are these restrictions in place?

When dentists work on your teeth, they can produce aerosols – droplets or sprays of saliva or blood – in the air.

This happens routinely when your dentist uses a drill or when scaling and polishing, for instance.

And dentists are used to following stringent infection control precautions under normal circumstances to lower the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, whether they are respiratory

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Dentists pressed to drill healthy teeth for profit, ex-employees say

Johannah Lancaster took her 3-year-old son to Dental Express for his first checkup, expecting a routine cleaning. 

She never imagined the treatment plan the Niles, Ohio, dentist would come up with after he peeked into Gregory’s mouth for what seemed like only two or three minutes. 

Michael Griesmer said the preschooler needed root canals – seven of them. Stunned, Lancaster asked why he had not even taken X-rays. Griesmer told her they weren’t necessary.

“I figured he is a professional so I trusted him,” she recalls. “If I knew then what I know now, I would have never gone through with any of it.” 

Two weeks later, in May 2013, the dentist put Gregory under and drilled his teeth. The Medicaid bill came to $1,273 – compared to the $61 that Medicaid would have paid for a checkup and cleaning. 

What Lancaster didn’t know then: Dental Express was part of 

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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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