At such an unprecedented and unpredictable time as the Covid 19 lockdowns, stress and worry are understandably high. Our Dentists here in Ballincollig have found that many patients struggle to stay on top of their everyday routines. Their usual daily oral health routines can be forgotten because they are more distracted and, as a result, oral health problems are rising.
We wanted to help by offering some tips on how to mind your oral health during the Covid 19 restrictions. Here’s some advice from our dentists in Ballincollig.
Covid-19 Risks To Oral Health
Living With Tooth Pain
We have found that people are worried and unclear if clinics, like ours in Classic Lake Retail Centre are open; we are. As a result, some people are living with pain and discomfort caused by gum disease and problem teeth, often presenting to us only when the pain becomes unbearable. Please note our surgery is fully stocked with PPE and we are open 6 days a week (Monday to Saturday), please contact the surgery for an appointment on 021-481 0535.
Risks To Mental Health
We know how your teeth and mouth look can have a direct impact on how you feel. Our patients feel great when their oral health is cared for properly. As a result of oral health decline during the lockdown, your confidence may be in decline too.
DIY Dental Care
Caring for your teeth and oral health is usually straightforward. We have found that during lockdowns, many people are missing their normal dentist checkups, and as a result, treatments have been delayed. With the confusion caused by restrictions, people are unfortunately tempted to turn to DIY fixes for tooth pain and gum problems, which we do not recommend.
Some Simple Tips for Caring For Your Oral Health At Home
- Get A New Toothbrush
When did you last change your toothbrush? Be honest. Getting a new toothbrush may not seem like a pressing priority, but it should be. On average, toothbrushes should be replaced every 2-3 months to avoid nasty bacteria growth.
- Get A New Toothbrush Sooner If You Have Been Ill
If you have had any chest or throat infection change your brush as soon as you are better. The same goes for if you have had Covid 19, the flu or a cold.
- Keep Your Bathroom Clean
Bacteria will take any opportunity to grow, be it on sinks, showers, toilets or floors. Regularly clean your bathroom to avoid bacteria spreading onto toothbrushes and then into your mouth. Use an antibacterial or bleach-based cleaner for a thorough bathroom clean.
- Watch Out For Sugary Food and Drink
According to recent reports, pandemic consumer habits have notable trends toward unhealthy treats. According to RTE News chocolate bars, coffee and ice cream sales are all on the rise. We don’t want to suggest anyone deny themselves the occasional treat. We do want to say watch out for sugary food and drink. Eating and drinking sugar and caffeine can cause lasting damage to teeth and gums. Enjoy them as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
- Avoid Smoking and Vaping
Aside from unsightly staining caused by the nicotine in cigarettes, there are other problems caused by smoking and vaping.
Smoking can increase gum disease risk and has been linked to mouth cancer. Though there is still much research needed on vaping, it has already shown to harm gums. Research has shown that vaping inflames gums and causes tooth decay too.
- Protect Your Toothbrush From Toilet Germs
Did you know that when an open toilet is flushed, it can spray droplets (and germs) up to six feet? Keep the toilet lid down when flushing and when not in use. Try to keep your brushes as far away from the toilet as possible. Keeping brushes in a medicine cabinet can help avoid toilet germs contaminating your toothbrush.
- Keep Up The Daily Habits
Life may feel a little monotonous right now but looking after your health should still be a priority. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss once a day. Drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet filled with fresh fruit and vegetables can also benefit oral health.
- Call Your Dentist
Please don’t suffer in silence. If you are experiencing tooth pain, gum problems, or oral health concerns, please call Guiney Dentist in Ballincollig 021-481 0535.
Look Out For These Oral Health Symptoms
Always consult your dentist if you have concerns about your oral health. Look out for these symptoms that may indicate a problem with your teeth or gums.
Bleeding gums are a common complaint and can be caused by several problems. Most often, it is a sign of gum disease or gingivitis. Both of these can be avoided with good oral health routines. If left untreated, these symptoms and problems may result in tooth loss.
More often than not, bad breath is caused by poor oral hygiene. Ensure that your brush and floss regularly with a good quality brush and toothpaste. Certain foods and medicines can also cause bad breath. Review your diet and medication if bad breath persists.
Tooth pain could indicate that there is an infection in your mouth. Call your dentist for advice. Be especially on the lookout for additional symptoms such as swelling or chest pain. Never ignore pain and always get professional advice.
Visiting Your Dentist During Lockdown
Keeping You Safe
We want to reassure you that here at Guiney Dental, we are fully stocked with masks, gloves, and all the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to keep you safe. We are open six days a week (Monday to Saturday) for appointments.
What To Do In A Dental Emergency
In a dental emergency, please call us on 021-481 0535 or email us. We will talk to you to ascertain the problem before you attend the surgery. This helps us adhere to the social distancing guidelines as much as possible.
Always Make An Appointment First
Please do not present to either a dental hospital or general hospital without contacting us first.
Keep In Touch
Book an Appointment on 021 4810535 or request an appointment online. For further questions, get in touch with award-winning Guiney Dental Clinic in Ballincollig, Cork. Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist of the Year.