Dental Partners of Newburyport Blog
April 3, 2020
March 25, 2020
As of the writing of this column, on Wednesday March 25, 2020, the state and much of the country is shut down. Since information is changing so rapidly, and this print is a week old, I am going to concentrate this week on things that will occur regardless of how long it takes for things to return to normal.
Dental offices will NOT be open for routine care for many more weeks at the rate we are going. Dental problems will continue to arise. It is important that you understand what general dentists are considering emergencies vs. non-emergencies.
In addition, all dental problems, including any questions you have, should be directed to your general dentist. Many of us are doing consultations via video (FaceTime, Zoom, etc.). I have found these to be very helpful in determining who needs to be seen, and who can wait.
If you do NOT have a general dentist and have a dental problem, PLEASE do NOT go to the emergency room.
Please ask family members or friends for recommendations to a general dentist. Check their website. Call their office to listen to their message. Check their Facebook page. You should be able to get in touch with a general dentist to assess your particular situation. They should be the one who determines if you should be seen and/or if you need a referral to a specialist for care.
What constitutes a dental emergency? Is a dental emergency different than an urgent dental need?
True dental emergencies are not as common as urgent dental care. Dental emergencies are potentially life threatening, require immediate treatment to stop ongoing bleeding, or alleviate pain or infection. Trauma would also be included in this category. This would typically not include routine toothaches. The general dentist can use their referral network of specialists as needed for these situations. The emergency room should be used as an absolute last resort.
Urgent dental care focuses on management of conditions that require attention to relieve discomfort and/or risk of infection. These should be treated by a general dentist or specialist. Severe tooth pain, dental abscess or tooth fracture, missing temporary fillings, or anything else you have concern about should be directed to the general dentist and left to their discretion on how to handle.
Please keep doctors, nurses, all people in healthcare, and anyone else who is potentially at higher risk of exposure due to their profession, in your thoughts and prayers during this time.
Please do not hesitate to send any non-urgent questions to my email below. You can also get more up-to-date information at my blog, also listed below.
Dr. St. Clair maintains a private dental practice in Rowley and Newburyport dedicated to health-centered family dentistry. If there are certain topics you would like to see written about or questions you have please email them to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view all previously written columns at www.jpeterstclairdentistry.com/blog.
February 11, 2020
Having spots appear on your mouth and lips isn’t just unattractive, it’s also uncomfortable. Unfortunately, oral sores are a relatively common issue, and there are numerous different types. These include canker and cold sores that seem to take forever to go away. Because these can be so uncomfortable to deal with when you talk and speak, knowing how to ease your pain and get rid of them faster can help make your life a lot easier if you frequently get them. Read on to learn about different types of canker sores and how your dentist can quickly treat them.(more…)
January 7, 2020
Is your oral health important to you? According to the American Dental Association, 95% of adults in the U.S. believe that good oral health is an important part of overall wellbeing, and 70% brush their teeth twice a day. Despite this, research reports that every year more than 15 million root canals are performed and over 20 million teeth are extracted to treat damage or infection. Why is this? Unfortunately, you can have the best dental routine and still be hurting your teeth on a daily basis! Find out how as your dentist outlines which bad habits to avoid for the sake of your oral health.(more…)
December 12, 2019
Have you ever leaned in to kiss your significant other, only to have them back away because your breath smelled horrible? If so, you’re not alone. Research has shown that more than half of American adults have had bad breath at some point in their lives. Here are six possible causes of bad breath, and how your dentist suggests you overcome it.(more…)
November 5, 2019
It’s November, which means flu season is here in full swing. People all around you have started coughing and blowing their noses. Once you get sick, your dental health is probably the last thing on your mind. But having a cold or the flu can severely impact your teeth and gums in a negative way. A dentist is here with five tips to stay healthy during flu season.(more…)
October 12, 2019
Gummy bears, suckers, caramel apples, and chocolate bars can all be found in your child’s Halloween candy bucket. Beaming in bright colors, it is tempting to dive in and start grasping at your favorites, but if you want yours and your child’s teeth to remain healthy this holiday season, these Halloween candy tips can help ensure you both enjoy a few sweet treats while keeping decay away.(more…)
September 25, 2019
When you visit the dentist every six months, it’s not just for a cleaning and examination; it’s also a chance for you to learn about taking better care of your mouth, get yourself up to date with advancements in dental care, and ask about potential problems with your oral health. Here are 4 questions to ask your dentist or oral hygienist during your next appointment.(more…)
August 4, 2019
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, nearly half of American adults suffer from the harmful effects of gum disease. That’s nearly 65 million adults that are 30 or older. This condition seems catastrophic, but it’s actually easily preventable with routine visits to your dentist and a good oral hygiene routine. Knowing how the disease progresses and catching it while it’s in its early stages can keep you from experiencing permanent symptoms. To learn more about this public health problem, keep reading.(more…)