Splatter Matters: Going to the Dentist During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Are you feeling comfortable going back to your dentist?

COVID-19 advice suggests masks limit the spread of droplet infection as we talk, sing or cough. In dental offices, droplets splatter in the air as teeth are drilled or cleaned with ultra sonic sprays. Bacteria and debris travel at speeds up to 50 mph from a patient’s mouth and they can hang in the air for hours.

Do you worry about lying in the dental chair with your mouth wide open? I discuss this valid concern in detail in my 2019 book Mouth Care Comes Clean (p 180-183).

My suggestions are basically:

  • Schedule your appointment as early as possible in the day – ideally after a long weekend.
  • Boost your immune system with diet, supplements, rest and sun exposure prior to your visit.
  • Those with adult teeth should use my Complete Mouth Care System routine one-hour prior to the appointment.
  • Everyone should keep Zellie’s xylitol mints handy and consume a few immediately before and after the appointment.
  • Avoid “pre-procedural” rinses offered by your dentist. Most contain bleach, peroxide, iodine, triclosan or chlorhexidine. These rinses kill important/protective bacteria in your mouth, leaving you at an INCREASED risk for infection.
  • Consider taking a bottle of CloSYS* rinse to your appointment and use it “pre-procedurally” if necessary.

Want to learn more? I dive deeper into this topic with the short audio recording below...

Learn more about how to approach dental visits and the ways you can improve your mouth health at home by joining my online video Oral Health Bootcamp.  

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*Recent lab tests showed CloSYS Ultra Sensitive Rinse Reduced COVID-19 virus up to 98.4% in 30 seconds. Here is a link for more information on these tests and the results.

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