Clinician’s Corner: Back to school and… back to the dentist!

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September 8th, 2020

In a recent post we discussed the safety and need to see your dentist during the COIVD-19 pandemic. We would like to emphasize the safety and need for children to also attend dentist appointments regularly.

Maintaining a child’s oral and overall health requires more than daily toothbrushing and flossing. Seeing a dentist regularly for preventive care is an important part of a child’s complete wellness.

Since children have been spending more time at home, their diets have likely changed and may include habits such as more snacking. These changes make routine dental visits even more important. Preventive care such as dental sealants and fluoride treatments can help to keep a child’s mouth healthy and can reduce the risk of your child developing more serious oral health issues in the future.

Is it safe for a child to see the dentist right now?


Dental offices are required to maintain very strict infection control practices. Your dental team has been working hard to protect all who enter the office. In response to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, you may notice some changes to your dental clinic.

Here are a few things to remember for your child’s next dental visit:

  • There may be limits to the number of people allowed in the office or waiting area. Many offices are allowing one adult to attend with each child.
  • Extra furniture and items have been removed from waiting rooms such as video games, magazines, books or toys.

Discuss these questions with your dentist or dental office so that you and your child are prepared for the appointment:

  • Can an adult go back to the treatment room and stay with their child?
  • How long will the appointment be?
  • Will I have to wait outside the office?

Call your dental office or check its website for information about what to expect. Communicate with your dental team about your questions and concerns. They will be happy to explain the newer procedures and welcome you and your child back!

This information in this post is for general educational purposes only and does not warrant or represent any information as related to health as specifically appropriate for you. It is not intended to be medical advice or replace the relationship that you have with your health care providers. You should always seek medical advice on any diagnosis or treatment from a qualified health care provider. The information is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied.