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Covid-19: Here’s How to Handle the Current Situation

March 24, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcartwright @ 3:45 pm

Closeup of boy smiling with bracesDuring the Covid-19 outbreak, all dentists and orthodontists are closed for nonessential treatments. However, your orthodontist is still accepting emergency cases during this time to keep you healthy and safe. They have also included some important information about how to recognize the Coronavirus, how to minimize your risk, and what you should do if you’re having an orthodontic emergency. Keep reading to learn more about Covid-19 as well as how your orthodontist can still help you smile.

How Do You Know if You Are Affected by Covid-19?

One of the reasons why the Coronavirus is so spreadable is that the symptoms can range from severe to virtually nonexistent. Plus, those affected may not even experience symptoms until days after they come in contact with the virus. However, it’s important to be able to recognize some of the most common warning signs of Covid-19, including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Those affected can also develop emergency warning signs that require immediate medical attention like:

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Trouble breathing
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Confusion or inability to arouse

While these are the most common, you should understand that these are not all inclusive. That said, be on the lookout for any changes in your health!

How to Ensure Your Safe During This Time

The virus mostly gets spread from person to person, which is why the best step you can take is to avoid being exposed to Covid-19. When someone affected coughs or sneezes, respiratory droplets are produced that can end up in the nose and lungs of people nearby. That’s why you should maintain social distancing by staying away from close contact to those outside of your household. You should also make sure you’re following steps like:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Covering your mouth and nose when coughing
  • Throwing away your tissues
  • Using hand sanitizer containing less than 60% alcohol
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces, especially those that you touch regularly

Still Open for Emergencies

Your orthodontist knows that emergencies don’t stop during this outbreak of Covid-19, which is why they are still ready to help provide you with relief in a professionally cleaned and sanitized environment. If you have trauma, pain, or swelling in your mouth, contact your orthodontist right away. You should also call them if a wire or bracket breaks, or if you have any questions about discomfort with an orthodontic appliance.

There is no need to worry during this time as long as you’re taking the proper precautions. Remember these Coronavirus prevention tips and don’t hesitate to get in touch with your orthodontist if you have any concerns about your oral health.

Meet the Orthodontist

Dr. Gary Cartwright has over 20 years of orthodontic experience. He is ready to help with any orthodontic emergencies that may occur even though his practice is closed for nonessential visits. He has always been committed to the highest standards of sterilization in his practice. For any questions, he can be reached through his website or by phone at his McMurray or Bethel Park locations.

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