Dentist offers mini kits to help people maintain oral health
Updated: 9:06 AM EDT May 2, 2020
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JENNIFER: CORONAVIRUS HAS PUT MOST NONEMERGENCIES ON THE BACK BURNER, INCLUDING DENTAL HEALTH. JOINING US IS DR. JOANNE REIFF. THANKS FOR JOINING US. >> THANKS FOR HAVING ME. JENNIFER: TALK ABOUT THE THINGS YOU’RE HANDLING RIGHT NOW. >> WE’RE ONLY ALLOWED TO SEE EMERGENCY PATIENTS SO THAT’S ANYTHING FROM AN ABSCESSED TOOTH TO A TOOTH THAT MAY BE AVULSED OR KNOCKED OUT OF THE MOUTH OR SEVERE PAIN KEEPING PATIENTS UP AT NIGHT. THAT’S PRETTY MUCH ALL WE’RE ABLE TO SEE AT THIS POINT. >> AND THAT CAN BE FRUSTRATING FOR PEOPLE WHO MAY BE A LITTLE OVERDUE EVEN FOR THEIR TEETH CLEANING FOR SURE. SO WHAT ARE YOU SUGGESTING PEOPLE DO? >> WHAT I’VE DONE IN MY PRACTICE, WE’VE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING CALLS CROSSROADS CARES AND WHAT
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