During the Covid-19 Pandemic it is important to note that we limit our Dental Visits to emergency or urgent Cases. Remember that the Goal is always to reduce Face to face exposure. But if you must go, hope this guide might be of great help.
Assess the Situation
Does your tooth/teeth concern affects speaking or eating? If you feel that the contemplated dental procedure can wait then it is probably safe to do phone consult first before booking an appointment.
(Always Seek professional help).
CHOOSE a COMPETENT DENTIST with a Covid -Free Clinic.
Research about His/Her practice or ask the dentist about current Dental protocols and guidelines in the clinic.
Be prepared to fill out Covid19 Pre-Screening form. (NOTE: The dentist will conduct a Pre-Evaluation/assessment prior confirmation of appointment.)
Clinic Protocols and Fees will be discussed prior your Visit so it is best to prepare the exact amount or request for online cash transfer methods.
If this is your First Visit, Prepare to Provide an Honest Medical and Dental History. Prepare the list of medications and dosage you were taking Prior Consult.
Wait for confirmation of appointment and take note of the exact time and date.
Prepare a list of all your questions and concerns. this will save a lot of time.
Brush and Floss
Brush and Floss your Teeth Before your appointment. If you are wearing removable dentures or appliance, make sure that these are clean, free from any food debris.
Come on Time
Come on time or few Minutes earlier than your Appointment Schedule
In the Clinic, always follow strict Dental protocols and instructions given by the Clinic representative or the Dentist himself
After the Dental procedure, make sure to get post operative instructions and request for recall schedule ahead of time.
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Keep Teeth and Gums Healthy during COVID-19
- Wash your hands (at least 20 seconds before and after any personal dental care)
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Brush at least twice a day. Brush all of your teeth. Take your time while brushing (Spend at least 2 or 3 minutes each time you brush. If you have trouble keeping track of the time, use a timer or play a recording of a song you like to help pass the time)
- After brushing, rinse toothbrush well so that all residue comes off, shake to remove excess water, and store it upright in a cup or holder so that it’s not touching any other toothbrushes
- Change your toothbrush regularly (at least every 3 months)
- NEVER Share toothbrush
- Brush your tongue to help keep your breath fresh!
- Be sure your toothbrush has soft bristles
- Ask your dentist if an antibacterial mouth rinse is right for you.
- Floss your teeth (Floss gets rid of food that’s hidden where your toothbrush can’t get it, no matter how well you brush.)
- It’s not just Brushing and Flossing that keeps your teeth healthy — you also need to be careful about what you eat and drink. Remember, the plaque on your teeth is just waiting for that sugar to arrive. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and drink water instead of soda. Limit frequency of snacking (Frequent Snacking Increases your risk of Cavities). Limit sugary drinks (Soda and Fruit Juices can harm tooth surfaces).
- If you have Removable Denture(s), keep your Dentures clean and free from food that can cause stains or bad breath. Avoid small crunchy foods that can get trapped under the dentures and hurt your gums. Brush dentures every day with a denture-care product, and soak them in water or a denture-cleansing liquid at night. Be sure to leave them out of your mouth while you sleep to prevent swollen gums.
- If you have Fixed Denture(s) (crowns and bridges), Oral irrigators (direct a stream of water to remove particles of food from around and between the teeth) are useful for cleaning hard-to-reach areas and may help reduce gingivitis. Using an oral irrigator is NOT a substitute for daily brushing and flossing.
- AVOID Dental complications. DO NOT patronize DIY (do-it-yourself) products, Illegal/FAKE practitioners. ALWAYS get information from your Dentist or reliable sources.
It’s important to visit the dentist at least twice a year. Besides checking for signs of cavities or gum disease, the dentist will help keep your teeth extra clean and can help you learn the best way to brush and floss. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic you need to take charge of your teeth for now.
For emergency dental appointments, you must call in advance and expect a phone screening for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors prior to visit.
Be Patient. Stay Home. Stay Safe.
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