We all know what terrible effect Covid 19 has had on our health and well-being, however did you know that it’s also having a huge effect on the health of the nations teeth.
During lockdown 38% of us have reportedly snacked more on sugary foods whilst being housebound and this will have a huge impact in their oral health in left unchecked.
Many dentists have closed their doors to routine check ups focusing only on dental emergency patients and many patients have not visited the dentist for over 12 months.
Regular visits to the dentist are essential as check ups can help to identify any decay or changes in the mouth and determine any work that may be needed like fillings, the dentist will also check your face, neck and mouth for any abnormalities.
Regular scale and polish treatments are also needed at least twice a year to remove deposits such as plaque and calculus (tarter) from your tooth surfaces overtime, the regular removal of these deposits may reduce gingivitis and prevent severe gum disease. A Scale and polish Can also leave your teeth feeling fresh and clean and make your teeth look brighter! Like an mot but for your teeth.
Because of the need to social distance it is impossible for dentists to see the same amount of patients per day , however it is still possible to safely see patients for routine appointments as they are still essential.
Many children have also missed out on their regular trips to the dentists during the pandemic, it is so important for children to see their dentist at least twice a year as there are so many changes going that occur and they are exposed to cavities from a very young age. It is therefore crucial for them to have at least two checkups a year.
Dental surgery’s have worked really hard to ensure they are covid secure with the routine use of PPE for both the staff and the patients and allowing extra time between treatments for extra cleaning and ventilation. At the Harrogate Clinic we are checking all patients temperatures before they enter the Building and giving overshoe protectors and masks to keep everyone safe.
Please do not put off your routine appointment if you are overdue a visit to the dentist and haven’t had one recently it’s time to safely book your appointment.