Melbourne Dental Practice

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

IF YOU REQUIRE ADVICE REGARDING A DENTAL EMERGENCY PLEASE RING THE PRACTICE BETWEEN 9AM AND 11-30AM, THANK YOU.

Your appointment after we reopen.

As you will have probably heard the Government has given us an advisory date of 8th of June to start to plan the return phase to work.

During the lockdown time and while we have been offering telephone triage we have:

We are now training hard to ensure the dental environment is truly safe for both our patients and staff.

The last pieces of PPE will be with us shortly and we are still waiting for clarification of how we will need to work- again we are promised this soon.

During the lockdown we have now got a list of patients that need our urgent help. Understandably we will be giving our first attention to those that need us most, but rest assured we will be getting to you as soon as we can- our computer system has you safely logged. If you develop an urgent problem, please give us a ring.

When we reopen, we and the practice will look quite different, don't worry, its still US under all the funny looking costumes and we will fully explain how you will move through the practice before you come. This will involve us checking your COVID status on arrival, and also checking your temperature as well.

If you have any questions please contact us on 01332 862942.

We thank you all for your patience and understanding at this most extra-ordinary of times.

Click here for tips to help you manage dental your problem until you can see a dentist.

Dental Prevention Advice

Your dentists, along with the nation as a whole, find themselves in very difficult circumstances at present. We are unable to provide any face-to-face treatment for you at the practice during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prevention, which has always been a priority for us in your dental care, now becomes even more important, as we all strive to maintain your teeth, without active intervention, during this period.

We have compiled a short list of preventative advice, which we hope will help you to avoid the need to obtain urgent dental treatment.

What can I do at home?

It is very important that you keep up a good routine at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy. We recommend that you:

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with fluoride toothpaste - brush in the way your dental team have shown you.
  • Spit out after brushing and do not rinse, so that the fluoride stays on your teeth longer.
  • Clean in between your teeth with 'interdental' brushes or floss at least once every day- brushing alone only cleans up to about 60 percent of the surface of your teeth.
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash to help prevent decay. Don't use the mouthwash straight after brushing. Use it at a different time of day. Using the mouthwash in between the times you brush your teeth means that your teeth and gums are protected for longer.

Is there anything else I can do?

Yes. You can take other steps to help prevent tooth loss, decay and the need for treatment.

  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks, especially between meal snacks and drinks
  • Use a straw when you have fizzy or acidic drinks - this helps the drink to go to the back of your mouth and reduces the acid attack on the teeth.
  • Chew sugar-free gum - it makes your mouth produce more saliva and stops your mouth drying out. It can also help to reduce plaque and prevent dental decay and erosion.
  • Avoid foods and behaviours that commonly cause teeth to break
    • Some foods to avoid
      • crusty bread
      • seeds and nuts
      • fruit stones and pips
      • popcorn kernels
      • boiled sweets and toffees
      • ice
      • chilled chocolate
      • meat bones and crackling
    • Some behaviours to avoid
      • using teeth as a tool e.g.
      • tearing Sellotape
      • tearing labels from clothes
      • tearing cotton
      • nail biting
      • trampolining (more than one person at a time)

If, in spite of these measures, you develop any dental problems during this period, we have compiled a comprehensive list of self-help measures to be found on this website.

Our dental staff are happy to offer you advice by telephone for any matters not addressed by these measures.