Home Dental Care during lockdown

On this page, please find a collection of  articles selcetd from our regular dental health news pages. The focus is on preventive dental care during and after coronavirus lockdowns to help you manage your oral health at home.

This year, we know that some of you have experienced a range of  dental problems without being able to visit your dental surgery for face-to-face treatment. Preventive care at home has never been so important.

Patients who wish to enquire about our current services and availability can access our online Advice and Triage Service.  Our team of dental professionals will help you with the information or advice you need.

Key to oral health is preventive care

We’ve all had to change our routines to accommodate schools being closed and the stay at home restrictions. As part of the family’s daily routine, make sure that the day begins and ends with two minutes of tooth-brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. Remember to spit out at the end, but don’t rinse as you want the fluoride to stay on your teeth helping to strengthen them.

Read: When is a dental problem an emergency or urgent, and what do I do?

Pain Management

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We are aware that people may be experiencing pain and have dental concerns. Visit our homepage to easily find more linked advice for dental problems. We urge you to use the link above to get in touch with us to ask us your questions. Our team of professionals is on hand to help you with advice until you can see a dentist.

Read: Managing dental pain at home during coronavirus


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Flossing is a great way to help keep your teeth and gums in good condition. Indeed, if you’re noticing itchy gums, or bleeding when you brush, reach for the floss. In a short time, regular flossing can help restore gum health. You may also wish to learn more about inter-dental brushes.

Read: Flossing – how to do it correctly. Advice from a hygienist.

Babies and children

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You may have scheduled visits for your children to visit the dentist, and we’re sorry if their appointment has been cancelled. It’s important to keep their teeth in tip top health, especially as they may be snacking more than usual as they’re at home.

Read: Dental care tips for babies and children. Advice from a hygienist.

Preserving tooth enamel

Tooth enamel is incredibly hard and resilient. But it is exposed to a lot of wear. Once it becomes compromised, the teeth are more vulnerable to attack from bacteria. What we drink makes a difference.

Read: What is the best drink for our teeth?

The impact of stress

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Many of us are experiencing higher levels of stress during this time which can be bad for our teeth and jaw. Understanding when we are clenching or gritting our teeth is important, and so is conscious relaxation of our facial muscles.

Read: Anti-stress advice to keep your teeth in good shape.

Going electric

If you’re placing an online order, or making a trip to the supermarket, consider buying an electric toothbrush. They really can make a significant difference to your oral health. Most people find they can clean around all of their teeth more efficiently and effectively with an electric brush.

Read: How to use an electric toothbrush. Advice from a dental therapist.

Spotting symptoms of infection

Man with tidy tooth brushing kit in a white bathroomWearing a face-covering or mask can make us more aware of how our breath smells. And sometimes it’s not so good. Short term you may conceal the odour by chewing gum or using mouth wash. But it’s important to see this symptom as a warning of an oral problem that needs addressing.

Read: How to tackle bad breath 

Read more of our dental news here.

For dental care, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. If you need advice or help, we’re available online, or by contacting your nearest practice.

And we’re looking forward to helping you both online and in-person.

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