I don’t know if my smile is really any brighter but at least my teeth are clean and inspected.
This morning I drove across town to my regular dentist (my biological dentist is 45 minutes away so I only use him when I need work done on my teeth). My appointment was at 7:45 a.m. I arrived on time and was taken into the room they use for me. It is a little further away from the other exam rooms. The paper guard was placed over my chest and I was told that my hygienist would be in soon.
I sat there with my mask on waiting until I had to remove it to get my teeth cleaned. I now make it a point to go every six months even if it does make me feel bad. If I had been going regularly the chances that I would never have had to have my molar pulled last fall would have been better.
My hygienist walked into the room and said to leave my mask on until she had everything assembled. She told me that she had not put on any perfume and then asked another tech where the pumice they use for me (unflavored). She made sure she was wearing latex-free gloves and began my cleaning periodically asking if I was doing okay.
Once we were done, she told me to put my mask back on until the dentist could come in and examine my teeth. I did and sat and waited. He walked in shortly after and started to grab gloves, another tech grabbed him quickly and reminded him that he had to use latex-free gloves and then gave him the correct box. He also made certain to tell me that he and the entire office staff were not wearing perfumes or cologne. Mask removed, he examined my teeth and said that they all looked fine and recommended as my other doctors have that I not remove the remaining mercury amalgams unless I have problems….no need to stir up a hornets nest he said.
Once finished I walked up to the front desk to schedule my next six-month appointment. While she was looking for the date she told me that one of the girls had sent a text to all the office staff to remind them of wearing perfumes/cologne.
Yes my lungs hurt by the time we were done and I coughed all the way to the car and sat in the car coughing and gagging for a while before I felt okay to drive home. But I would have been far worse without the extra special care the staff took to not expose me any more than necessary.
Do you have such a dentist?