Center City Emergency Dentist Now Accepting Non-Emergency Visits

Great news! Center City Emergency Dentist is now accepting non-emergency dental visits. Standard procedures and cleanings are now available by appointment only. 

Since earlier this year, COVID-19 has altered almost every facet of our lives. From shopping at a grocery store to visiting with family members, no aspect of our daily routines has been untouched by the pandemic. This holds true for visits to the dentist’s office as well. Continue reading “Center City Emergency Dentist Now Accepting Non-Emergency Visits”

Don’t Neglect Your Home Oral Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has vehemently impacted the lives of Philadelphia residents, and across the nation. As businesses continue to shut down or adopt a work-from-home model, most of us have learned to embrace, or at least begrudgingly accept, a new routine. In fact, it’s almost too easy to stray away from health habits that we’ve spent years following in favor of new lethargic tendencies.

However, now more than ever, it’s extremely important not to slack on important health habits. Today, the team at Center City Emergency Dentists of Philadelphia will cover some essential tips for keeping up with excellent home oral care. 

How to Give Your Oral Hygiene a Boost 

If good dental hygiene isn’t high on your priority list, we strongly urge you to reconsider. You can’t afford to develop a painful cavity at a time where most dental practices are either closed or accepting only emergency appointments. Therefore, keeping up with your oral health, if not improving it, is a crucial way to take care of yourself right now and in the future. Follow these tips to give your oral hygiene a boost. 

  • Wash Your Hands: Before you pick up your toothbrush, make sure you wash your hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds, so you’re not spreading any unnecessary germs on dental instruments that will soon go into your mouth. 
  • Brush and Floss: Remove all of the harmful bacteria that builds up in your mouth during the day (or night) by brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. You also need to floss at least once during the day. We recommend doing so before going to bed. 
  • Clean Your Toothbrush: Part of staying healthy during this nasty outbreak is disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces, including your toothbrush! Keeping your toothbrush clean is key in limiting the number of bacteria you introduce into your mouth. 
  • Maintain a Healthy Diet: Studies have shown that your diet has an enormous effect on your dental health. Although you have 24/7 access to your personal kitchen, it’s important to avoid unnecessary snacking and limit your sugar intake. Make sure you’re reaching for your leafy greens and glass of water instead!

How Does Limited Access to a Dentist Affect You?

In following the state’s social distancing orders, many dental practices have amended their office hours or the dental care made available to the public. Most likely, you won’t be able to drop by your dentist’s office just because you feel a toothache coming on. You’ll need to call your dentist and follow their instructions carefully, so you can successfully resolve your issue with home remedies. 

At Center City Emergency Dentists, we are only accepting appointments for emergency dental service for the time being. Due to the limited availability of appointments, patients will be asked for a $50 deposit to secure their reservation — this sum will be used towards their office visit and dental treatment, or it will be refunded back. To learn more about the measures our office is taking against COVID-19, please click here. 

Please remember that your safety has and will always remain our top priority. Schedule your emergency appointment by contacting our offices at any time.

COVID-19 Information

Due to COVID-19 concerns, CCED will be suspending routine dental practices until further notice; however, we are still open and accepting EMERGENCY dental appointments only.  Our team is going above and beyond in taking the necessary precautions when handling dental equipment and treating our patients. Please contact us to schedule your EMERGENCY dental appointment or learn more about our COVID-19 containment efforts here. 

At Center City Emergency Dentist, our top priority has always been, and will continue to be, our patients’ health. Although our safety regulations were already on par with CDC and ADA guidelines, we have improved upon them even further to ensure your well being during the COVID-19 outbreak.

New COVID- 19 safety rules and regulations for making an appointment

  1. We are seeing the patient ONLY! Anyone else can wait downstairs or in the car, unless the patient is a minor with one parent or guardian present. No one else will be allowed at the office, so that we can all practice safe social distancing.
  2. Every patient that makes an appointment will have to arrive 15 minutes early to be pre-screened. One of our staff members will take their temperature, ask them to fill out a questionnaire, and ask them to wash their hands. This is required for escorts and parents of minors as well. If your temperature is over 100.4 F (as per CDC guidelines), your appointment will be canceled and we will advise you to seek medical attention ASAP.
  3. In the CCED office, we all follow the social distancing rules. Thus, we have modified our waiting room, so that every patient is six feet apart from one another.
  4. We require a $50 deposit to secure ALL* appointments (for new and existing patients). The money can be used towards co-pays for the treatment, or it will be reimbursed when the appointment is completed.
  5. State-funded insurances will NOT be accepted until July 1st. We apologize for any inconvenience.

*Same day appointments- if a patient chooses to make an appointment, the 24-hour cancellation policy will still be in full effect, despite the fact that they didn’t schedule their appointment previously. If they choose to cancel the appointment, we will charge the patient a $25.00 fee due to our limited appointment availability.

Finally, a short message from our staff:

“We would like to remind you that these are very stressful times for doctors, staff, and patients alike. Under these difficult circumstances, we have elected to remain open to help all patients in need, so we ask everyone for their full cooperation to help treatments go smoothly. We also ask that you refrain from any and all unprofessional behavior and language inside the CCED office. Again, we are here to help and take care of our community.”

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We’re more than happy to help you during these trying times.