We hope that you, your families and your friends are keeping well during these unprecedented times.
We would like to sincerely thank you for patiently bearing with us and apologise for the inconvenience that you may have encountered whilst trying to access dental care.
We understand this is an unsettling time, so we wanted to reassure you that we are adhering to advice that we receive from the NHS, and updating our protocols accordingly on a daily basis. Our teams are working tirelessly to ensure the steps we take do not compromise your safety. We are here for you and ready to help. Your practice is still open at its usual times. If you have a dental emergency, please call your practice who will be able to give you advice over the phone until we receive further guidance from the NHS about where we can refer patients. It is more important than ever to stay healthy, so here is some advice which you can follow to ensure your teeth and gums stay in optimum condition.
Brush for at least 2 minutes, twice-a-day using a toothpaste that contains at least 1350ppm-1500ppm Fluoride. Children under 3 years should use a smear of toothpaste, whilst children aged 3-6 years should use a small pea sized amount. It is important to brush last thing at night and at least on one other occasion in the day. After brushing, spit out the excess and remember not to rinse your mouth or use a mouthwash immediately after. We have included this link to a video to help you to brush your teeth really well; (Activity idea: Brushing technique would be a great skill to pencil into your child’s learning schedule)
To ensure your gums stay healthy, anyone over the age of 12 should use interdental brushes between their teeth daily. For really tight spaces try dental floss or tape. Lockdown is the perfect time to experiment with interdental brushes and floss so you can incorporate this into your daily routine. Here is a video on how to use interdental brushes; and how to floss properly; (TIP: if you’ve never used interdental brushes before try a small size first then work up to the largest size that fits in the space comfortably)
We have all been reaching for the snack drawer a little more than usual during this period. Aim to keep snacks between meals sugar free, and keep an eye out for those hidden sugars particularly in ready- made meals and ‘healthy’ snacks. Try and keep the sugar in yours and your children’s diet as low as possible by reducing the amount of sugar you consume, and the frequency of how often you consume sugar during the day; Eat less sugar, and eat it less often. Please refer to the ‘Eatwell Guide’ to give you some more information on how to eat healthy (Activity: As part of your chid learning get them to identify healthy non foods from a selection from your cupboards)
Your orthodontist will have given you instructions on how to care for your braces when you had them fitted. It is important to follow these instructions so that you get the best result for your smile from your braces. Brushing twice a day and limiting the sugar in your diet is very important. You can use an interdental brush between the teeth to keep the areas around your brace and in-between your teeth clean, as well as using other brushes recommended by your orthodontist.
Ensure you remove your denture at night and clean it thoroughly using warm soapy water and a brush over a basin filled with water (in case you drop your denture: you don’t want it to hit a hard surface. If you prefer you can soak your denture overnight in water with added denture cleaning solution, please use the solution that is correct for the type of denture you have. Also, remember to be extra careful with your denture as it may be difficult to repair or replace the denture during this period.
You will have noticed that your normal recall/hygienist appointment has been cancelled. We are working incredibly hard with the Government to understand when we will be able to schedule your next appointment. Please bear with us, the dates may be subject to change as we are only able to resume normal activity once we are advised to do so from the Government. Once we are out of lockdown, we know that you will want to get back to normal and we look forward to seeing you as soon as we can. For now, stay safe, eat well, keep active and don’t forget to look after your teeth.