COVID-19 Amid Pandemic – Standard Precautions Guidelines For Dental Clinics

The Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronavirus typically cause respiratory symptoms such as severe fever, shortness breathing, tiredness and cough.

Coronavirus disease is also known as COVID-19. It is an epidemic disease caused by a newly discovered virus. COVID-19 name has given by The World Health Organization (WHO).

– CO stands for corona

– VI stands for virus

– D means disease

– The 19 is for 2019, the year the disease first became visible in China.

This disease was originally called novel coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19, experience mild respiratory illness and recover with some special treatments and it is very dangerous for aged people across the World.

Older people, those have medical problems like diabetes and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness. At present, vaccines or treatments of coronavirus are not available. Clinical trials are in progress for the coronavirus vaccine.

The best way to prevent and slow down the infection of COVID-19 is be well informed about the cause and how it spreads. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following preventive actions.

Wash your hands frequently – Washing your hands with water and soap or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer to kill the viruses. Wash your hand for 20 second and don’t forget to wash your wrists.

• Maintain social distancing – Maintain at least 2-3 Meter space between yourself and anyone who is sneezing or coughing. If you are too close to anyone then you can inhale the COVID-19 virus particle because while sneezing or coughing people spray small liquid droplet that may contain COVID-19 virus.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth – Hands touch many surfaces in a day and can pick up viruses. From there, the virus can enter in your body by touching mouth, eyes and nose.

Practice respiratory hygiene – Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or bent elbow while sneeze or cough, to protect the people around you from the viruses.

• In fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care – If you feel unwell then stay home and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

No doubt there are only 0.2% cases of the coronavirus reported in children across the World. This disease transmitted from infected people to around them. During this novel coronavirus pandemic, dentists should be more careful with their dental procedures especially pediatric dentist. 

As to your practice of pediatric dentistry, all your dentists and staff members follow the set standard precautions guidelines by government and let know your patients about precautions. Help kids and their parents to aware about the precaution’s routine.

Why to stay more proactive, informed and calm during coronavirus pandemic?

Dental care is important but these days along with dental care, personal hygiene is also needed to consider. During practice, you must be more cautious about dentistry tools, gloves, sanitizers and masks. Most of the dental clinics are closed due to World emergency and lockdown. In case, any dental emergencies then patients can call their doctors for consultation.

If you are in Bellevue, WA and looking for dental consultation for your kids then you can call Dr. Soo Jun for pediatric dentistry. She will be available on calls and email as Governor Inslee has mandated to close all dental offices except for emergency patient care until 5/18/2020. You can officially email her at Mint Kids Dentistry email address, office@mintkidsdentistry.com.

Kids Dentistry – Effectual Dental Hygiene Tips

Salubrious teeth are essential to your child’s overall health.

Teeth plays a significant role in how children learn to chew, talk and smile. With strong teeth children get confidence to participation in their social and education life. So, it’s very important for kids to get started early caring for long term healthy teeth.

According to research, 42% of children develop a cavity in their baby teeth – Why?

Because many parents don’t know at what age they should start brush and floss their child’s teeth. On the other side many parents are too lazy or busy to teach most basic and essential dental care routine task. It is really a challenging task to teach children to do certain things especially regularly.

Here are few tips to help infants, children and adults to keep a healthy smile:

  • Brush your teeth with your kids to show them that practicing good oral health is very important and human basic need to maintain dental hygiene. Your children can get help to learn the importance of oral care by watching and imitating you.
  • For 1-3 years, parents should clean baby’s gums with a baby toothbrush by using water only.
  • Children 5 years or older think that they can brush and floss themselves. First let them do it themselves and observe whether they are cleaning or harming gums, then follow up by guiding them in right way again.
  • Let children choose their favorite toothbrush and toothpaste but try to prefer non-fluoridated toothpaste. If they swallow it in a small amount, then you don’t have to worry.
  • Parents should know the effect of nutrition on dental health of their children. Always intake calcium-rich food, phosphorus and Vitamin C that promotes strong gum health.
  • Pack a traveler toothbrush in your children backpack so he/she can brush after lunch while at school.
  • Parents should take their kids to dentist after every 6 months to help prevent cavities and other problems.

In this way, you can take care of your kid’s dental health so that their teeth will grow healthy in natural way. Also, they won’t face major dental issues in their later ages.

Next, you’ll know how flossing effects oral health in a positive manner.

Why flossing is crucial for dental hygiene?

Flossing is an important for oral health as such as brushing. Sometimes you are in a rush, do not get time or tired enough to do regular brushing. In these situations, flossing is the best alternative to brushing.

Do flossing specially after a meal because it helps to pick out debris and food that stuck in between teeth. According to a national poll, 20% of Americans never floss at all and only 4 out of 10 Americans floss once a day. Try to floss in the night after dinner so that the mouth will be clean while sleeping and cleaning between your teeth helps remove plaque as well.

If you are locale or tourist in Bellevue, Washington and looking for best dental clinic nearby you then give your visit to Mint Kids Dentistry. Dr. Soo Jun is the best Pediatric Dentist in Bellevue. She is well-versed in regular dental checkups and emergencies.

Dr Sookyung Jun has accomplished the general practice residency from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and 2 years pediatric dental training from St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY. She was awarded by Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award for being in the top 3% of the pediatric dental board examination and certified Diploma of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).

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