During the Covid-19 lockdown, it is vital to be able to manage certain circumstances ourselves if things go wrong. With many services closed for business due to the coronavirus outbreak, having things like home DIY and car maintenance knowledge can be handy, but what about medical and dental health? Being able to look after yourself and your family while there is a limited healthcare service can be absolutely essential through times like these, because other things can still happen, it’s not just Covid-19 that we need to worry about!

Here at Gaskell Avenue Dental we are currently closed for routine dental appointments and are only able to provide emergency dental care where absolutely necessary. This is not a lone decision, the dental profession as a whole has been advised to do this, which is why we thought we’d bring you some useful advice for managing dental care at home for the time being.

Keep a routine

As you cannot attend for check-ups and hygiene appointments, the best thing to do in the meantime is stick to your oral care regime at home. Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, floss once a day, and maybe add some mouthwash into the mix too. This will help to keep the whole mouth nice and clean, which will go a long way in keeping things problem free.

Managing toothache

There’s no doubt about it, toothache is horrible. If you, or one of your family members, suffer with toothache there are a few things that you can do at home to manage things:

  • Use over the counter painkillers, such as paracetamol, to manage the pain. Always read the dosage advice on the packet
  • Keep the area clean. It might hurt to do so but it is important to keep bacteria at bay. Don’t try to avoid the area entirely as this could make things worse
  • Drastic temperature changes may make your pain worse, so avoid ice creams and hot drinks
  • Use an ice pack on your cheek (not inside the mouth) to alleviate any hot, throbbing pain you may be experiencing

Although our doors may be closed, our phone lines most definitely aren’t. If you would like some advice please do call us on 01565 633 034 and we will do our best to provide further guidance on any dental issues you may be experiencing.

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