Your oral health during COVID-19
All of us are going through a lot of change right now. Your oral health during COVID-19 Is even more important. The new coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted our lives in so many ways. While there are a lots of things you can’t do, you can still take care of your teeth. With dental practices like us across the country closed for non-emergency dental treatment, due to the guidelines imposed upon us. The emergency treatment we can do is limited, so its more important than ever to keep up with your dental care at home.
But why are dental practices closed?
You may think of dental clinics as generally clean and hygienic, and they are. Warwick Lodge Dental and Implant Centre received a high marking in its last CQC rating for cleanliness and hygiene.
Dentists however involve close face-to-face contact, meaning that dentists and hygienists have some of the riskiest at a time like this.
Public Health England’s COVID-19 guidance states that ‘human coronaviruses can survive on objects and remain viable for up to 5 days at temperatures of 22-25°C, which is typical of air-conditioned indoor environments such as dental practices.
This highlights the risk of contamination from the use of potentially infectious Aerosol Generating Procedures which include many dental techniques.
The guidelines we have to follow have declared the cessation of all aerosol generating procedures. This limits dental practices to a vast amount and has forced them to close since the ‘Stay at home order’
How should I keep my teeth healthy during COVID-19?
With a lot of us working from home and adjusting to new routines, it’s easy to put aside our dental health. Here are a few tips we have put together to help:
Wash your hands – aim for at least 20 seconds before and after any personal dental care
Brush at least twice a day– be sure to get those hard-to-reach spots
Floss once a day – this helps remove bacteria and plaque in places your brush can’t reach
Eat a well-balanced diet – limit sticky, sugary snacks like cake and cookies
Limit frequency of snacking – frequent snacking increases your risk of cavities
Limit sugary drinks – soda and fruit juices can harm tooth surfaces
Avoid smoking – smoking limits blood flow to your mouth, making it easier for bacteria to grow
What should I do in a dental emergency?
For your safety and the safety of health care providers, please do not visit an urgent care clinic or an emergency room for your dental care needs.
Please contact your dentist for guidance.
Here at Warwick Lodge Dental and Implant Centre our team are still working from home and we are here when you have an emergency or just to offer help and advice.
You can contact us on many platforms by calling (01227) 375592 or 07419 838336. You can contact us on Instagram @warwicklodgedental
You can even book a FREE e-consultation for a smile makeover if you are wanting to change your smile and speak to us via a video link on facetime, skype, messenger or WhatsApp.
Just because you cannot come into the practice it doesn’t mean we cannot help. Your dentist can handle many situations over the phone, such as helping with a toothache or a filling or crown that has become loose. If you’re unsure about your situation, your dentist will be able to help.
Dental emergencies can happen at the worst of times, and can be very distressing. With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic, dental pain and emergencies can be all the more alarming for patients.
Dont worry we are still here to help.