Should You Keep Your Sniffling Child Away from Our Office?
Six months ago, when you scheduled your child’s twice-yearly dental checkup at KiDDS Dental, you had no idea he or she was going to wake up on the designated day with a runny nose and sore throat. You have already rearranged your work schedule to take your child to the appointment and don’t want to put it off, especially because your child has been complaining about some mouth pain. But should you still go if he or she is sick?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends keeping the appointment even if your child has a cold. We always take precautions to avoid spreading (and catching) common viruses: We wear a mask, gloves and protective eyewear, and we thoroughly disinfect tools and equipment. A simple cold is usually not a problem, unless your child’s nose is so stuffed up that it’s impossible for him or her to breathe easily during dental work or if sedation is scheduled.
Because the flu can cause severe complications in some people (especially the very young), our illness policies may become more stringent during a particularly bad flu season. After all, your child doesn’t just sit in the dentist’s chair at an appointment. He or she also checks in at the reception desk and hangs out in the waiting room. Many people in our office, including other patients, don’t wear protective goggles and surgical masks, and we have a responsibility to protect them, too. Since it can be unclear whether your child has just a cold or something more serious (like strep throat or the flu), we may decide it’s better to be safe than sorry.
So, if your child wakes up with the sniffles on the day of a dental appointment, give us a call and ask if it would be better to reschedule. We know rescheduling may cause you some inconvenience. But remember that young children—just like all of us—can feel cranky when they are sick. Rescheduling may be in everyone’s best interest―including yours.
Give us a call at 509-891-7070 to schedule today!