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Minor Dental Issues During Covid-19 and How to Avoid Them

posted September 30th, 2020

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  • Minor Dental Issues During Covid-19 and How to Avoid Them

Dental practices across the UK are opening their doors once again, although the range of treatments on offer is likely to be limited. This article is here to provide you with guidance on dental care and the tips you need for oral health during Covid-19.

Over recent months, Coronavirus has impacted people’s lives in a variety of ways including delaying minor dental treatment. Dental practices across the UK are opening their doors once again, although the range of treatments on offer is likely to be limited. With certain treatments being restricted, it is more important than ever to perfect your dental care at home. This article is here to provide you with guidance on dental care and the tips you need for oral health during Covid-19.

Visiting your dental practice

Before making the trip to your registered dental practice, it is advised to call them in the initial stages. If you feel you are in need of dental treatment, by speaking to your dentist they will be able to advise whether it is an emergency or not; non-emergency symptoms can potentially be treated at home removing the need to visit your usual practice.

What is considered a non-emergency?

In certain circumstances a trip to the dentist can be avoided, particularly if you have minor symptoms. The following symptoms have the potential to be resolved at home with advice from your dentist:

● A slight toothache that isn’t constant, or causes severe aching pain

● Mouth ulcers which have been present for less than 10 days

● Sensitive or bleeding gums

● Sensitive teeth

● A chipped or damaged tooth

● Irritation from dentures

How you can continue good oral health at home

By focusing on your oral health whilst at home during Covid-19, this can help to prevent dental issues. Here are some tips to help keep your teeth healthy:

Brush your teeth twice a day - use a fluoride toothpaste and brush for two minutes reaching those hard to get spots.

Brush in the morning and at night - the best times to brush your teeth for the most effective protection is first thing in the morning before breakfast and the last thing at night before bed.

Floss your teeth daily - floss is ideal to remove bacteria and plaque between teeth where brushes don’t reach as well.

A well-balanced diet - consuming a range of healthy foods will help keep your teeth in good health. Limiting the sugar you eat and drink is important to prevent tooth decay.

Limit fruit juices and smoothies - we are all encouraged to eat five fruits and vegetables a day and juices and smoothies are a great way to boost your intake. However, it is advised to consume one glass a day due to high amounts of sugar that are naturally occurring in these foods.

Smoking and alcohol are damaging - if you are drinking and smoking it is advised to not do so excessively. Smoking and drinking can lead to stained teeth, bad breath, eroding of enamel and in severe cases lead to gum disease and mouth cancer.

At Bite Dentistry, we understand the importance of maintaining good oral health, particularly during these times. If you feel you have any dental concerns, we are here to help and more than happy to advise on potential solutions and treatment. To find out more about Bite Dentistry and our dental services, get in touch with a member of our team today.

Dr. Eimear O'Connell

BDS (Edin, 1992) MFGDP
DipImpDent RCS Ed FFGDP

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