As we’re all getting to terms with our new way of living during the coronavirus pandemic there are many changes that we will all be having to adapt to and incorporate into our new normal.
Unfortunately the coronavirus has seen the closure of many organizations throughout the country. Among those are dental practices. Routine dental check-ups and non-urgent treatment have had to be put on hold during the pandemic due to the close contact that takes place when having treatment. The closures have been put in place to ensure the safety of staff and patients.
This is an unknown time for many, however there are a few things that you can do if you find yourself needing urgent dental treatment. You can still contact your dental practice and they will be able to advise you of the course of action in order to remedy your situation. If the dental practice is closed or you aren’t registered with a practice then you can also contact 111 and they will be able to advise you of the best way to get you the right help you need.
There have also been a number of urgent dental care hubs (UDC) set up around the country. These hubs are there to provide emergency dental care for patients with issues such as cracked teeth, gum infection and facial swelling. Once you’ve contacted your local dentist to explain your issue they will be able to refer you to a UDC hub if necessary.
While it may seem like a good idea and a quick fix to any pain, please try to avoid doing any major treatments at home. Difficult treatments need to be done by a professional which is why procedures have been put into place to try and help in the best way possible under extreme circumstances.
Make sure you are keeping your oral hygiene in good condition, continue brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes. If you’re concerned or are looking for more advice on the coronavirus you can visit the NHS website where they provide a range of information surrounding Covid-19.