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News From Our Cambridge, Massachusetts Cosmetic Dental Practice

At Central Dental Associates, we believe in creating a relationship with our patients that goes beyond the office doors. We've specially created this section of our site to share with you important news from our Cambridge family dental practice.

Sincerely,
Dr. Betty Jean-Mary
Your Cambridge Cosmetic Dentist
Dental Practices 'Largely Exempt' from OSHA Rule
The ADA is pleased that dental practices are mostly exempt from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new emergency temporary standard to protect health care workers from COVID-19.
 
The OSHA emergency standard, released June 10, provides additional guidance for health care settings, including hospitals and nursing homes, where all employees may not be screened for COVID-19, and non-employees and patients with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 are allowed to enter and may be treated. Dental offices most likely to be affected by the new standard include hospital-based oral surgery practices or those dentists who provide care for COVID-19 patients.
 
How to Stop Avoiding the Dentist

There are countless reasons that patients use when they're putting off the dentist. Whether it's bad experiences or simply time, don't delay your visit any longer!

 

https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5gqvx/how-to-stop-avoiding-the-dentist-fear-anxiety

4 out of 5 Respondents Repair Defective Restorations

Repairing restorations may be more conservative, minimally invasive approach than replacement, from the ADA news: https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2021-archive/april/ace-panel-report-finds-4-out-of-5-respondents-repair-defective-restorations

Stress Causing Chipped and Cracked Teeth

Take a look at another article describing the rise of stress-related dental visits during the pandemic from USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/health-wellness/2021/03/24/covid-pandemic-stress-causing-teeth-grinding-cracked-tooth/4796180001/

 

Patients have been suffering from jaw pain, clenched teeth, and chipped enamel due to the high levels of stress they're experiencing during this unprecedented time in our lives.

Stress-Related Oral Health Conditions Rising During Pandemic

The vast majority of dentists indicate that the prevalence of stress-related oral health conditions among their respective patients have increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the ADA Health Policy Institute’s latest data from its COVID-19 economic impact tracking poll conducted the week of Feb. 15.

 

Learn more from the ADA by clicking here: https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2021-archive/march/hpi-poll-dentists-see-increased-prevalence-of-stress-related-oral-health-conditions