As lockdown across the country persists, those who had a dental appointment booked would have had it cancelled as people are only allowed to leave their house in certain circumstances.
Indeed, unless you are buying ‘essential items’, are a keyworker, going outside for a daily walk or cycle, or need to go to an emergency appointment, the public has been told to stay at home.
This could see many who have had dental procedures arranged unable to receive their treatment, leaving them worried about the state of their teeth during this period.
These tips could help dentists know how to advise their patients seeking dental care to look after their teeth properly from home until they can reschedule their appointment.
- Keep toothbrushes clean and apart
As well as making sure your patients have a good oral hygiene routine, it is important they do their best to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus through their toothbrushes.
Dental Health stated: “No matter whether you are related or how close you are to the people you live with, you should never share your toothbrush with anybody else.”
It went on to say: “This is one way that viruses and blood-borne diseases can be caught from other people.”
As well as not sharing toothbrushes, it is imperative to keep toothbrush heads separately from one another so germs are not spread between brushes.
The organisation also recommended changing toothbrushes at least every three months, not only to ensure they are continuing to brush teeth properly but also to reduce the spread of bacteria.
Those who suspect they have had coronavirus should throw their toothbrush away and use a new one immediately.
- Avoid sugary foods
Every dentist advises its patients to brush twice a day and use floss or interdental brushes regularly. However, it is also important to remind them of the importance of a healthy diet, as junk food – particularly those with hidden sugars – can play havoc on teeth.
Some people might be avoiding the shops more than before to reduce their contact with other members of the public. In this case, they could be eating less fresh food and more tinned products that have a longer shelf life.
It is essential to look at the amount of sugar in these goods though, as some contain vast amounts of sugar in order for them to stay preserved for longer. For instance, half a tin of Heinz Baked Beans has 9.8g of sugar in, representing 11 per cent of our recommended daily intake.
Ready-made pasta sauces are also sugar-heavy, with Dolmio’s Tomato & Basil Pouch Pasta Sauce containing 9.5g of sugar per serving.
It is also important to keep an eye on portion sizes, as 15g of Heinz Tomato Ketchup has 3.4g of sugar. However, this can quickly add up the more sauce you squeeze over your chips.
Even fruit and juices should be eaten in moderation, with the Evening Standard saying: “Keep sugary food and fruits to mealtimes (or 40 minutes before or after) and choose sugar-free snacks instead, for example cheese, veggies or crackers.”
- Get painkillers
Those who had treatment booked because they were suffering pain in their teeth need to make an emergency kit at home. This should include paracetamol and ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation.
Temporary filling kits can also be found in pharmacies and supermarkets, in the case where a filling comes out and needs to be replaced quickly.
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