COVID-19 has unfortunately stuck around much longer than anyone had hoped. During the first lockdown, we pulled back our services and offered emergency treatment in the safest way possible, as was advised by the government.
However, now that we are in a second lockdown, we want to stress the importance of seeing your dentist during this time… even for your routine checkups. Dentistry is essential care, and is crucial for both your oral and general health. It has been said, prevention is better than cure, and we couldn’t agree with this more.
As we have mentioned in previous blogs, if you are experiencing early signs of gum disease, such as bleeding and inflamed gums, it is essential to get this treated before it progresses into periodontitis. Any delay in treatment can lead to the worsening of your condition. Not only this, but it is known that gum disease can lead to other health problems in the body such as certain cancers, heart problems, and difficulty controlling diabetes.
We have also stressed the importance of seeing your dentist for a checkup every 6 months. This is will ensure that your dentist can identify any irregularities in your mouth, and advise you on care. It has now been 8 months since our first lockdown in Ireland… your oral health care can’t wait any longer.
What Precautions are we taking?
We are open to see all of our patients and are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety, and the safety of all of our team here at Waterford Periodontics. Below are the steps we have implemented to ensure your safety and reduce your risk of exposure;
- All staff will wear a face mask or covering / PPE.
- Each team member will have their temperature taken daily.
- All surfaces are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
- Appointments are scheduled to ensure there is enough space to safely distance yourself from others.
What we ask you to do?
- If you are not feeling well in the lead up to your appointment, please let us know. We may need to reschedule your appointment.
- Wear a mask/face covering when possible at our clinic.
- Please use the hand sanitiser available at reception.
- Bring minimal items with you.
- Please come to your appointment alone when possible.
We have not taken lightly the severity of COVID-19. We take the responsibility to protect our patients extremely seriously. However, we are confident that we can safely care for all of our patients during this time.
If you have made an appointment with us, and our clinic is outside your 5km radius, we can email you an appointment card. If you get stopped at a checkpoint, just show the guard your appointment card. You will then be allowed to make the rest of your journey to us. We look forward to seeing you.
If you have any further questions in relation to making an appointment with us during this time, don’t hesitate to get in touch.