The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on all aspects of our lives, including dental care. Frays Dental Surgery is closed during the lockdown, but we are still here at the other end of the phone if you need urgent advice on your dental health.
Can I See a Dentist During the COVID-19 Lockdown?
- Routine dental appointments are being delayed until it is safe to open the clinic again
- Call your dentist if you experience any dental symptoms as you can still get useful advice over the phone
- Your dentist can provide a prescription by phone if necessary, for example, if you need antibiotics to treat an infection
- Emergency dental care may still available, but you will need to visit an Urgent Care Hub or hospital instead of your usual dental clinic
- Call your own dentist first for advice on whether you need an emergency appointment and where you can access urgent dental care during COVID-19
- Urgent dental problems could include a fractured tooth, bleeding, swelling or an infection that can’t be managed over the phone
- You should not attend your urgent care appointment if you are self-isolating because you or someone in your household has symptoms that could be due to COVID-19 such as a cough or fever
Looking After Your Teeth During Lockdown
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste
- Clean in between your teeth every day with floss or interdental brushes
- Avoid acidic drinks such as fruit juice that can erode your tooth enamel
- Avoid sugary foods that can encourage bacteria to grow
- Protect your teeth from injuries as much as possible, for example by using a mouthguard and avoiding risky activities
- Remember that prevention is even more important than usual when you can’t see a dentist easily.