How to Manage Dental Problems While Staying at Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic Part 2
As we have mentioned before, dentists are currently restricted with the type of treatments we can do; this is due to the aerosols created when we use our drill or ultrasonic cleaner.
We are now restricted to treating only dental emergencies and toothaches; even then we are limited in how we can help.
These necessary restrictions in no way mean that we are not here to help our patients, we will just be offering help and advice from our homes and going into the practice only when needed.
Just because we can’t do basic dental treatment doesn’t mean that we can’t help you!
With many people having to manage their dental problems themselves, Dr Sam is doing his best to help our patients by providing his thoughts on how to cope with common dental problems at home.
This is blog is the second part of a quick guide Dr Sam is developing for our patients.
COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
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What if I have a loose tooth?
Pay attention to maintaining good oral hygiene and avoiding chewing hard food on the loose teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, brushing for at least two minutes after meals and floss daily. If the pain is not obvious, please visit us for examination and treatment after the pandemic is over.
My gums are swollen and painful. I can't eat and chew. What should I do?
Please contact us via Facebook Messenger or see your doctor as soon as possible. If the swelling is causing breathing difficulties, please call emergency services.
If you are experiencing generalised gum swelling, it may be an indication of gum disease. Usually, people stop or reduce their brushing because of gum swelling or because their gums bleed a little when they brush. We actually need to do the opposite and brush more.
Pay attention to maintaining good oral hygiene and avoid chewing on the affected side. You can appropriately increase the number of times a day you brush, using a soft-bristled toothbrush for at least two minutes each time. It is also recommended to use dental floss, interdental brushes or water floss after every meal. If necessary, you can use warm salty water to gargle.
After the pandemic, please visit us for a full examination and profession scale and clean treatment. This will allow us to assess if there has been any resulting bone loss and to remove the hard calculus that brushing simply can’t remove.
If you have acute significant swelling due to infection, you can take painkillers and antibiotics. (We may be able to write you a prescription for antibiotics, or you can get one from your doctor).
In case of emergency with swelling and difficulty in breathing, please ring 000.
What should I do if I get ulcers in my mouth?
What to do if my wisdom tooth is inflamed and swollen?
Make sure you pay attention to maintaining good oral hygiene and avoid chewing on the affected side. Try to brush the affected area after every meal to avoid food packing.
Generally, a smaller head on your toothbrush will make it easier to clean your wisdom teeth, try using a small child’s toothbrush, or you can carefully cut off some of the bristles on a standard toothbrush. As always, we recommend using a soft toothbrush.
We also recommend using dental floss, interdental brushes or water floss after every meal to help keep the area really clean. If necessary, you can use warm salty water to gargle. Please visit us for full examination and treatment after the pandemic is over.
If you have acute significant swelling due to infection, you can take painkillers and antibiotics. (We may be able to write you a prescription for antibiotics, or you can get one from your doctor). In case of emergency with swelling and difficulty in breathing, please ring 000.
What should I do if I feel soreness when wearing my denture?
Try to chew with softer foods so you are not putting too much biting pressure on the sore gum. Sometimes lose dentures can cause some gum soreness so you could try to apply an adhesive gel, such as Polident cream, for better retention.
If the denture is causing ulcers due to long term rubbing, you can get some topical medication such as chlorhexidine Savacol mouth rinse, or gel such as Curasept, to apply on the affected area. Meanwhile, try to pay attention to good oral hygiene and avoid eating spicy and irritating food.
After the pandemic is over, please visit us for an examination of the cause.
We will be making further blogs with more information on how to help you through these difficult days. If you would like personal help or guidance on how to manage, please feel free to contact us.
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Remember that we are all in this together! Stay Safe!