It is no news that there is a global menace called COVID-19, which has been spreading like a wildfire. This has necessitated the Nigerian government (both at the Federal and State level) to give an order of compulsory “Stay-at-home” to her citizens, to help nip it in the bud.
Also, the Nigeria Dental Association and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control recommended that dental care providers postpone elective procedures, surgeries and non-urgent dental visits during this period of COVID-19 pandemic. This is to ensure the safety of both the patients and the dental care provider. Hence, it is important to highlight the things you need to do to keep your mouth healthy during this challenging period.
This compulsory stay-at-home is associated with a lot of stress and anxiety, as a result of this, many people adopt different means of coping with the stress and boredom. These includes the excessive consumption of refined carbohydrate in the form of carbonated drinks, starchy foods, snacks, alcoholism, smoking, among other things. These behaviours can be detrimental to your oral health, thus, should be avoided.DR AYILOLA BABATUNDE
The importance of maintaining a good oral hygiene cannot be overemphasized. There is a need to specially pay attention to our oral hygiene during this pandemic, this will help prevent oral diseases. It is essential to brush twice daily and floss once daily, this will help control plaque accumulation. It is recommended that you brush with a fluoridated toothpaste.
There is a need to take care of your toothbrush. You should change your toothbrush every 3 months, after every episode of sickness and when the bristles are worn out. Keep your toothbrush, tongue cleaner, dental floss covered to prevent its exposure to aerosols and ensure that you close the lid of your toilet while flushing it.
Ensure that you consume high fibre diet such as vegetables and drink sufficient water to enhance good hydration at all times, this will boost your oral health. Avoid chewing hard foods that can crack your teeth and avoid using your teeth as a bottle opener.
Finally, if you are in extreme pain, you have a swelling in relation to your teeth, bleeding excessively, visit the emergency section of the nearest dental hospital to you. However, if you have a mild symptom phone your dentist or locate a dental hospital here https://dentalchannel.com.ng/nigeria-dental-clinics/ or visit our Facebook page https://web.facebook.com/groups/askthedentists/ so that you will be referred appropriately.
Remember to Stay Safe during this period. NCDC is recommending that EVERYONE should stay home if possible and avoid groups of people, including public places and gatherings where there will be close contact with others. This is called “social distancing” and means that in any group, you would never be closer than 6 feet from any other person. This not only protects individuals from disease, it also slows the spread of disease in our community to make it less likely that our hospitals will become overwhelmed with large numbers of people with severe COVID-19 infection.
Where can I learn more about COVID-19?
For more information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The uncertainties during COVID-19 pandemic has a significant impact on the provision of dental care.
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR ORAL HEALTH
DO NOT SELF MEDICATE & STAY SAFE