Monday, December 4, 2023


Have you put off any routine medical or dental appointments due to the pandemic?

“Stay home!” has become the slogan for 2020. Stay home, don’t go out for unnecessary things, don’t see friends or family, etc. Well, what about routine doctor or dental checkups? Are we supposed to stay home for those too? For those of you who are lucky enough to be in good health, dental and otherwise, perhaps you’ve been fortunate enough to be able to push back those routine appointments.

Have you put off those routine appointments because of the pandemic? Do you feel confident about it, or does doing so worry you? Please vote in our poll below and tell us. Leave a comment too, if you will.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 700+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Dave J (@guest_110708)
2 years ago

Yes but not by MY choice. Dentist now only does emergency work.

Rammer (@guest_105677)
2 years ago

I had a virtual Wellness Visit about on time, what a laugh! My clinic delayed my real Wellness Visit for four months (still a laugh!).

James T. (@guest_105673)
2 years ago

Dentist & Doctors canceled the appointments

Gary G (@guest_105666)
2 years ago

Live in SW Washington have Doctors in Oregon and Washington, could get emergency service this last summer. Dental and some basic medical was shut down for a while.

John Koenig (@guest_105662)
2 years ago

I had a “virtual” meeting with my Primary Care Physician several months ago as it was not safe to travel to the NY Metro area. I did get an actual dental check up in TN and, since I was entitled to a new pair of Rx eyeglasses, had my optometrist send me the Rx I had ! a year ago. I would VERY much like to get back to NY to take care of ALL my medical needs but, I expect it will be at LEAST months (and likely longer) before I believe it will be safe to do so.I do NOT plan on being one of the “guinea pigs” to test the new vaccines that are on the horizon. I’ll continue to “isolate in place” here (where I’m safe) for some time after Covid-19 vaccinations have started.

Paul Cecil (@guest_105649)
2 years ago

Early in the year most of my medical appointments were rescheduled. Since then there hasn’t been any real issues making appointments. If I just need to get advice my doctor’s office uses virtual visit and then decides if I need to come in.

Don Nedrow (@guest_105644)
2 years ago

Just got replacement lower denture two weeks ago with no problem getting service. this was a 5 week process.

Mike (@guest_105638)
2 years ago

I said yes only because regular office visits were shutdown between April and July and I had to move my appointments

Dan (@guest_105636)
2 years ago

I haven’t, but the VA has. So I haven’t of my volition anyway.

Tom H. (@guest_105633)
2 years ago

Only delayed them a bit. Routine visits. No big deal, thankfully!

BadWolfe (@guest_105627)
2 years ago

Yes we have passed on regular visits since February. Thank goodness that we don’t have any critical needs to visit doctors or dentists during this time, so since we are lucky enough to not have any essential needs, we can sure wait.

Last edited 2 years ago by BadWolfe
ken (@guest_105626)
2 years ago

yes, but not by my choice. Always by the medical org.

Roger (@guest_105624)
2 years ago

For the first three months of the panic, yes indeed. Since then, no. With hospitals nearing capacity here, I’m concerned we’re about to go through another 2-3 month stretch of shutdowns in Jan-Mar till the vaccine effect starts kicking in. Get those haircuts and Doctor’s visits done now!

Theodore Farmer (@guest_105622)
2 years ago

Our dental office was closed during the elective surgery ban.

Glenda Alexander (@guest_105621)
2 years ago

I had an April appointment for an annual dental checkup but the dentist’s assistant called me to cancel it until further notice. She said that they would call me when they would be seeing non-emergency patients again. They haven’t yet called me to re-schedule but I’m not concerned since I have very good teeth.

Gary Sain (@guest_105614)
2 years ago

Stopping regular appts.-Don’t do it. Close friend’s husband put off routine dental appointments. He developed a cavity, wasn’t painful but there was an associated bacterial infection that got in his bloodstream. Damaged a heart valve and he had to have a valve replacement last month. He’s recovering well, but all that over a dental cavity, get your checkups.

Kaeleen Buckingham (@guest_105607)
2 years ago

I have not intentionally put any off. Some were cancelled due to the lockdown.

Michael Roach (@guest_105601)
2 years ago

I did not put off any medical or dental procedures, however I had them put off by the provider.

Bob (@guest_105603)
2 years ago
Reply to  Michael Roach

Me too

kat (@guest_105598)
2 years ago

Oh man. I broke a tooth and had crown work scheduled and the night before the work was supposed to start, the dentist called and said we had to postpone. Went 4 months with a broken tooth. The only appointment we had to postpone, thankfully.

Wayne (@guest_105591)
2 years ago

Followed recognized experts suggestions and Governors directions. Trusted my medical team and scowled under my mask at those who deny Covid existence, those who would not wear masks, continued to mingle in large groups, etc.

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