The most important thing you can do right now to stay healthy and make sure others are healthy is to stay home. In San Luis Obispo County, most dentist offices are providing some dental services. Please contact your dental office for assistance and hours of operation. If your mouth or teeth hurt, or you think you have a dental emergency, CALL your dental provider or your local oral health program. Most offices have staff answering phones and may be able to set up a virtual appointment. Tell your provider how you feel, including if you have a fever, a cough or chest pain. Your dental team will tell you what to do next. Your dentist may talk with you about your symptoms on the phone or over video chat. Try to avoid going to the emergency room unless it is truly an emergency.
Some examples of dental emergencies are:
- Very bad toothache pain (not just a twinge)
- Swollen gums, face, or neck
- Bleeding in your mouth that does not stop
- Infection or a substantial risk of it
- Recent trauma to the mouth
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Scrub for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
- Do not touch your face. This is a lot harder than it sounds and requires effort.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or upper arm.
- Stay home if you are feeling sick and seek appropriate medical guidance.
- Take care of your teeth and mouth by brushing and flossing twice a day.
Find a Dental Provider:
- To find a dental provider that accepts MediCal Dental go to https://smilecalifornia.org
- California Dental Network: 877-433-6825 [email protected]
- California Health and Wellness: cahealthwellness.com 1-877-658-0305
- California Department of Health: CDPH.ca.gov
- County of San Luis Obispo Oral Health Program: 805-781-5503
For more information on COVID-19 in SLO County, visit ReadySLO.org.