Dental Care and COVID-19: What You Should Know

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many changes in our lives. As we work together to stop the spread of the virus, your child’s oral health remains our top priority.

During these unusual times, you might be wondering what kind of dental care your child or teenager can and should receive. We’re pleased to announce that, as of May 1st, our team of pediatric dentists at Easy Dental Care, Hisham Merdad, BDS, DSCD, and Zuwena Abraham, DDS, are providing all of our usual preventive and emergency dental services in a safe and welcoming environment.

Here’s what you need to know about what we’re doing to safely offer dental care to your child at our Gainesville, Virginia office.

Your child can access preventative and emergency dental care

As of May 1st, Virginia’s governor has reopened all dental care in the state, including preventive and non-emergency dental visits. This means our team at Easy Dental Care can see your child for dental cleanings and examinations, cavity fillings, sealants, and all other pediatric dental services we usually offer.

If your child is healthy and has no symptoms of illness, we encourage you to continue to schedule routine dental care as usual during the COVID-19 pandemic. Regular examinations and cleanings ensure that your child maintains excellent oral health and that our pediatric dentists can catch any problems at an early stage.

What we’re doing to safely provide dental care

To keep our patients and dental team safe, we’re implementing some changes during this time. Here’s what we’re doing to increase our already high standards of hygiene and safety, and what you can expect when your child visits Easy Dental Care.

Pre-appointment screening

Before your appointment, we’ll ask you to confirm that your child, as well as anyone accompanying your child to the appointment, doesn’t have a fever or any other symptoms of illness. If your child is sick or has a temperature, we’ll ask you to reschedule the appointment after they recover.

Arriving for your child’s appointment

To ensure Easy Dental Care practices social distancing, we’ll limit the number of people who can be in our waiting area. This might mean we’ll ask your family to wait for your appointment in your car.

Once inside, we ask everyone to wear face masks to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Your child will wear the mask except when receiving dental treatment.

During your child’s appointment

When treating your child, our dental team wears personal protective equipment throughout the appointment to ensure safety during necessary medical close contact. Additionally, we’re continuing to maintain our high hygiene standards, and all our team members are regularly screened to ensure they are symptom-free before working.

After your child’s appointment

To minimize contact between you and our office staff, we might ask you to complete some post-appointment activities over the phone or online. This could include scheduling follow-up appointments and paying for your visit.

Maintain your child’s oral health at home during COVID-19

In these changing times, it’s important to keep your child’s teeth healthy by continuing to prioritize their oral health at home. For most children, this includes brushing teeth and gums twice a day, flossing daily, and eating a healthy diet low in sugar.

The Easy Dental Care team is putting your child’s health first while maintaining our always high standards of dental care and safety. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions as we navigate COVID-19 together. 

To make a pediatric dental appointment, use our online system, or call our Gainesville, Virginia, office at 804-223-3610.

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