Dr. Frederick Thurston

COVID-19 pandemic has made us all self-isolate, social distance, and re-think daily activities. Is it safe to go to the dentist during pandemic? Short answer is – YES! Infection control has always been a top priority, for our practice. We have always had, UV lights to sterilize the air that passes through our AC units, as well as filters and UV on our incoming water lines. But with pandemic came more changes: we have recently installed additional air purification filters on the AC ducts, as well as the use of high-volume suction units during certain procedures. You will see more N95 masks, gowns, face shields and safety glasses than you did before. When you visit you will find new pre visit protocols, such as temperature checks, and pre rinsing. We have removed magazines from our waiting room and spaced out chairs to encourage social distancing. We also are spacing out appointments to avoid waiting and crowding in the office. All designed for our patients and team safety.

It is important to maintain your dental health, for your overall health as well as to contain dental disease. Existing conditions continue to worsen and become more involved, costly and possibly unsalvageable. We have already seen this happen in our office.

While you are at home, here’s how to help keep your mouth healthy!

  • Simply start with brushing your teeth at least twice a day for at least 2 minutes with soft bristle electric toothbrush.
  • It's very important to maintain your good habits such as: avoid drinking sodas, rinse your mouth after every meal, dental floss and use alcohol-free mouthwash
  • It is important to have a healthy, well-balanced diet: eat calcium rich food, limit your sugar intake, eat more green vegetables
  • De-stress! Have some fun!
  • And don't forget about your routine dental visits!

So, keep your mouth healthy at home and don't be afraid to see the dentist!

Frederick Thurston DMD
Thurston Comprehensive Dental Center
308 East Park St. Auburndale FL