How to Manage Dental Problems While Staying at Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by | Mar 23, 2020 | COVID-19

Part 1

Many of us are now helping to protect our loved ones and are self-isolating. We have all been asked only to leave our homes to do essential shopping, attend doctors’ appointments and to exercise.

Due to the aerosols created when dentists are treating patients, dentists are now basically only permitted to do simple extractions and write prescriptions.

At Passion Family Dental North Lakes, we believe in providing only the best care for our patients, so these restrictions have given us no choice other than to close our doors temporarily.

This in no way means that we are not here to help our patients; we will just be offering help and advice from our homes.

You can contact us via email (contact@passionfamilydental.com.au) or Facebook Messenger any time you need us or simply to say “hello”.

Just because we can’t do basic dental treatment doesn’t mean that we can’t help you!

Sadly, many dental practices have been forced to make this same decision and have closed their practice. This potentially leaves a lot of people having to self-manage their dental care.

Dr Sam is helping our patients by providing his thoughts on how to cope with common dental problems. As you can imagine, this is quite an extensive list so we will be sharing this information over a few different posts.

Keep in mind that this is just general advice. For personal advice or assistance, please contact us via email or Facebook Messenger.

COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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What should I do if my teeth suddenly hurt?
First, look at the nature and degree of pain.

If you only have sensitivity and there is no obvious spontaneous lingering pain (that is the pain only lasts a few moments and doesn’t linger for hours), it could be from a gum problem such as gum recession or the start of a gum infection.

You can try to reduce or avoid the causes of sensitivity, depending if it’s from cold, hot, sweet, sour or chewing teeth. Maintain a high standard of oral hygiene, make sure you continue brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day.

Possibly try using a sensitive toothpaste – this toothpaste works its best when applied directly to the sensitive area’s and just left to do its job, don’t rinse it off.

If you are having acute significant lingering pain due to infection, pain that wakes you up at night and stops you sleeping, you can take painkillers or antibiotics. (If possible, we could prescribe you antibiotic so that you could take script to the chemist). Contact us via email or Facebook Messenger.

In case of emergency with swelling and difficulty in breathing, please ring 000.

What should I do if I break a tooth or I have filling come out?
If there are no obvious pain symptoms, please try to maintain high standard of oral hygiene, you need to keep the area free from food and bacteria.

Aside from normal thorough brushing and flossing, you can rinse the area with warm salty water to help keep the cavity clean after eating. Avoid chewing hard foods on the broken area as you don’t want more to break away.

In case of sensitivity, you could try to use a sensitive toothpaste, apply a pea-sized amount directly on to the area. If you are at all concerned send us an email or contact us Facebook Messenger and we can give you more personalized advice. Once the pandemic is over, we will try our best to help you ASAP.

What should I do if my gum bleeds?
The most common cause of gum bleeding is related to poor oral hygiene. Many people think that if their gums bleed, they need to stop brushing, if fact you need to do the exact opposite!

Make sure to use a soft toothbrush and that you brush your teeth at least twice day, morning and night, for at least two minutes.

Try to use dental floss or interdental brushes (Piksters) to clean in between the teeth after meals. If necessary, you can gargle with warm salty water. After the pandemic, you need to book in for a full checkup and thorough scale and clean appointment.

What about pregnant women with bleeding gums?
Due to changes in hormone levels during pregnancy, the gums are more likely to show inflammation such as redness, swelling, bleeding, etc. The main cause is still often a failure to effectively maintain good oral hygiene (we understand that this can be difficult if you are managing morning sickness and fatigue).

The accumulation of bacteria will make the disease more serious in pregnant ladies. If you suffer from Morning Sickness make sure you at least rinse your mouth afterwards to keep the acid levels in your mouth to a minimum.

Make sure that you brush your teeth twice daily, morning and night for at least 2 minutes. Try to use dental floss or interdental brushes (Piksters) to clean in between the teeth after meals. If necessary, you can gargle with warm salty water. After the pandemic, we will try to book you in for a full checkup and thorough scale and clean appointment.

Please contact us via email (contact@passionfamilydental.com.au) or Facebook Messenger for further help and advice

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 via email (contact@passionfamilydental.com.au) or Facebook Messenger.

Keep informed on when we will be seeing patients again by following our Facebook page.

Remember that we are all in this together! Stay Safe!

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