AdVance Dental‘s staff is now 100% vaccinated against COVID-19! We were all fortunate enough to receive the Moderna vaccine through our affiliation with St. Vincent’s Hospital. Some of us experienced very mild symptoms, for others the symptoms were more severe (read about the Moderna vaccine and possible side effects here). But we did it to try and contribute to the greater good. This is a new vaccine, so the long term effects are impossible to know at this time. But the benefit of vaccines is well known, and in this time of crisis we feel that the benefits of vaccination against COVID-19 greatly outweigh the risks.
This does not mean the COVID-19 pandemic is over, and it doesn’t mean that our staff or patients cannot get COVID-19. The fact that AdVance Dental’s staff is 100% vaccinated does mean that we are doing everything we can to protect ourselves and our patients from contracting (and then possibly spreading) the virus. As more people become vaccinated, the less likely any one person will contract it. And if someone that is vaccinated is exposed to the disease their immune system will be more ready to fight it. Compared to the flu vaccine: you can still get the flu, but if you’ve been vaccinated your symptoms are likely to be much less severe.
So don’t stay away from the dentist because of COVID-19! A recent study of more than 500 patients with COVID-19 found that those with gum disease were 3.5 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care, 4.5 times more likely to need a ventilator, and almost nine times more likely to die compared to those without gum disease. Call us as (205) 250-6813 to schedule an appointment today!
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