Taking Care of Your Teeth During COVID-19

Courtesy: Palleck Orthodontics (Woodstock)

If you have a dental emergency, do not go to a hospital, as the emergency departments are focused on treating COVID-19 patients and other medical emergencies.

ONTARIO - Dental care is considered an essential service and the Ontario Dental Association is trying to educate the community as to what treatments you can expect during this time of social distancing.

Dentists have been directed not to do check-ups, non-emergency or cosmetic procedures so if you have an upcoming dental appointment, they say it's a good idea to call your dentist to reschedule.

At this time, dentists are prepared to treat any of the following;

- severe injury to the teeth, mouth and face

- Severe infection, like an abscess or swelling , loss of function/movement

- Bleeding that doesn't stop

- Dental pain that can't be managed by medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen

- Any dental issue causing pain or discomfort

- Trauma of any sort to the teeth, gums, lips and surrounding tissues

- Chipped, broken and/or fractured teeth

Most dentists will have an emergency contact number so they can help you over the phone or direct you to a dentist that does offer emergency treatment. It is important to know that not all dentists can treat emergencies or guard against COVID-19.

In the meantime, it is a good idea to continue proper dental health especially at this time as poor hygiene can affect your immune system.

Routines for kids are especially important, like brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

If you have a dental emergency, do not go to a hospital, as the emergency departments are focused on treating COVID-19 patients and other medical emergencies.

If you do not have a dentist, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario has a list of emergency clinics.

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