Don't Panic! This is how to look after your teeth During Coronavirus
Don't Panic! This is how to look after your teeth During Coronavirus
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Don't Panic! This is how to look after your teeth During Coronavirus

With all these changes caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it has most certainly changed the way we do teeth.

Which changes effect me?

At the time of writing, Dentists are highly recommended to practice under Level 3 restrictions where all elective surgeries must be halted.

In short, we can not do any treatment that actually generates aerosols or have water splashes. Which is almost most aspects of dentistry. This is like telling a chef that you can't use knife!

ADA Level 3

Wait. So what about my appointment?

If your appointment is non-urgent, non-emergency, or am routine in nature, it should be postponed. These include routine checkups and treatment where there are generally no pain, bleeding, or swelling.

  • All elective surgeries such as:
    • General check up and clean
    • aesthetics and cosmetic dentistry (crowns and bridges, whitening, veneers)
    • Simple preventative fillings that won’t cause pain or infection within the next 4-6 months
    • Taking teeth out without any symptoms
    • Clicking/grinding of jaw joints and related pain or discomfort
    • Broken or chipped tooth -> looking further as an example, you can do it as long as it is under rubber dam with reduced use of aerosol.
    • Bleeding or sore gums, bad breath

The rule of thumb is - If you are not in pain and does not have an infection or dental concern with serious medical implications, then they can be seen in several months when the pandemic has been controlled.

But we are here and open if you need any urgent or emergency treatments. We will continue to see you despite the Lockdown.

Why these restrictions?

This is primarily based on the aerosol generation when dental treatment is being carried out.

  • Coronavirus could possibly transmit through
    • Close contact
    • Airborne
    • Fomite (touching nose/mouth after touching a contaminated surface)

As dentists, we try and protect ourselves, staff, and you by doing

  • Close contact
    • Wear Protective gears - gloves, safety glasses, and face mask
  • Airborne
    • Wear Protective gears - gloves, safety glasses, and face mask
    • Up to date vaccinations
    • Surgical gowns
  • Fomite
    • Wear Protective gears - gloves, safety glasses, and face mask
    • Appropriate inter-patient clinical wipe downs & clean
    • Routine common area wipe downs & clean
    • Good hand hygiene
    • Sterilisation and disinfecting instruments

However, as there are no vaccine for Coronavirus COVID-19, we need to minimise aerosol generation to protect everyone

Who's telling us these recommendations?

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee - AHPPC. They are the key making committee for health emergencies. It overseas all states and territory.

What if I have COVID-19 or think I have?

if you need urgent dental care and think you may have it, call us and discuss with one of our dentists regarding your circumstance.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you would have been given an information sheet where you will be referred to a hospital with appropriate facilities

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