A Breath of Fresh Air- Dental Fear

Have you been putting off going to the dentist because of a fear of contracting COVID-19?

Many people put off routine dental exams during the COVID-19 pandemic due to fears of developing the illness, even after dental providers were allowed to reopen.

We understand the concerns you may have regarding the pandemic and your potential for becoming ill. As a result, we’re offering our patients peace of mind.

We’ve installed a high-quality air purifier in our office to not only protect the health of our team, but also to protect the health of our patients.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus known as COVID-19 is spread through the air when it becomes aerosolized as people cough or sneeze.

The disease spreads when another person breathes in those aerosolized droplets.

In the dentist’s office, with patients having their mouths open for long periods and machines that need to be sanitized between patients, many people felt visiting the dentist was a risk.

This is where the filter comes in. We chose a Smart Air Care filter for our office because of its success in cleaning the coronavirus from the air.

Results of a third-party study about the Smart Air Care filter showed that the PHI-Cell Technology® of the filter had an efficacy rate of 99.9 percent against the SARS-CoV-2 virus (known as the coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19) in both the air and on surfaces.

The test procedure used during the study used the live SARS-CoV-2 virus inside a 1,280-cubic-foot space – about the same size as a dental office or open-concept exam area. The live virus was put into space via a nebulizer, which simulates a cough or a sneeze from a person infected with COVID-19.

The PHI-Cell Technology® functioning inside the chamber reduced the virus on contact by 99.9 percent.

By neutralizing the virus within the occupied space, your risk of person-to-person infection by respiratory particles and aerosols is also significantly reduced.

Our air filter has also been tested against other pathogens, including H1N1 (swine flu), avian flu (bird flu), C. Diff. (Clostridium Difficile), E. coli (Escherichia Coli), Legionella, Listeria and MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), as well as many other illness-causing germs.

If you’ve been putting off seeing the dentist because of coronavirus concerns, you can feel confident in your safety and care at Miami Designer Smiles.

On Another Note

If you’re putting off seeing the dentist because of fear of the dentist or dental anxiety, you can rest assured that we’ve got your back there, too. We understand dental anxiety and dental phobia and offer patients a calming and comfortable experience.

Our modern technology and advanced treatments allow us to maximize patient comfort while caring for all your dental needs.

If you’re putting off your next exam because of dental fear and phobia, talk to us! We can work with all patients to ensure that they are taken care of and at ease. Learn more about the options we have to help relieve dental anxiety here.

The Consequences of Skipping the Dentist

While delaying your appointment by a few weeks because of your busy schedule or something that comes up last minute isn’t likely to make a massive difference in your dental or oral health (unless you already have a severe issue, pain or discomfort going on), avoiding the dentist for months or even years can mean serious consequences.

This is because dental plaque is constantly building up, even though you may be brushing and flossing regularly. Professional cleanings at the dentist can help remove the plaque you can’t get off with your toothbrush, including the plaque between your teeth that your brush can’t always reach.

Seeing the dentist is for more than cleanings; it’s a chance to get a thorough exam and ensure that everything looks healthy and as it should. Things we look for are:

  • Structural deficiencies
  • Problems with your tooth enamel
  • Gum health issues
  • Issues with other mouth structures

If you are regularly putting off your dental appointments, you’re at an increased risk of developing tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease.

We recommend that you see the dentist at least twice a year. However, depending upon your oral and dental health, you may need to see the dentist more often to bring everything back to healthy.

Also, if you are working to correct cosmetic concerns, you will need to see the dentist more often to ensure your treatment plan is developing as intended.

Don’t let fear or anxiety about the dentist or concerns about coronavirus put off your regular dental treatment or your hopes of achieving the smile of your dreams.

Call us now to schedule your consultation. We’d love to talk to you about how we can help make you comfortable and give you more information about our air purification system.