Things Your Dentist Wants you to know about covid-19 vaccines
Do you know what fluoride, flossing and the covid-19 vaccines have in common? They can all prevent disease. Sbenati Dentistry cares about your oral health, which has a direct relation to overall health. A healthy mouth helps facilitate a healthy mind and body. We have been working for you throughout the course of the pandemic to provide pertinent oral health treatment to our loyal patients.
On top of all we have done to lessen the risk of the virus, we now have vaccines. Below are some aspects that the CDC (Centre for Disease Control) and your dentist would like you to know!
- They are safe and effective. As dentists are considered doctors, credible and reputable science is of the utmost importance. It has been determined that they are safe and effective for the general public, so the vaccines were cleared for emergency use. Many think the process was rushed, but there were actually thousands of tests done to ensure their safety.
- Unlike some other vaccines, this shot does not make you sick. It does however give side effects that you should be ready for. This is because it is teaching your body how to fight off the virus, so some virus related symptoms are to be expected. Sweats, fever, headaches and pain at the injection site are all normal. If your symptoms increase it is important to get in touch with your doctor or visit the hospital.
- Get both recommended doses. The CDC has stated that symptoms lessen and the vaccines reach their full potential when both doses are taken. That is why it is important to receive your first and second shot. For the Pfizer vaccine, the second dose is recommended three weeks after the first. For the Moderna vaccine, the second dose is recommended four weeks after the first. And if you get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you only need a single dose.
- Anyone 12 and older can now receive their vaccine. If you are in the 12-17 age group, you may receive the Pfizer doses. Those 18+ can receive any of the vaccines.
- Mask guidance is slowly changing depending on which province you reside in. New Brunswick for example is lessening mask restrictions for inside establishments. This has to do with them being a less densely populated province and therefore less cases per capita. Pay attention to your local health advisors for updated measures and restrictions. Getting vaccinated does not mean you can stop wearing your mask just yet.
Getting vaccinated is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and protect more vulnerable populations. They are an important step to safely return to normalcy. The Canadian Dental Association encourages patients, staff and dentists to get their shots. Even after vaccination it is important that we:
- maintain social distancing
- wear a mask properly
- clean hands frequently
- follow provincial health orders
The Canadian government continues to work tirelessly on defeating and preventing the virus from spreading further.
For more information straight from the source, you may visit the CDC’s website. To learn about what Sbenati Dentistry has done to mitigate the risk of spread for patients you may visit our covid-19 safety measures page.
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