It is no longer news that Coronavirus (COVID-19) has put the world at a standstill. In addition to the various precautions which had been advocated by various health organisations, here is a short list of the do’s and don’ts to help govern your dental care during this period even as you stay at home. The most important steps to take are the same as for every cold and flu season: Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water. If you cannot wash, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 65% alcohol content (70% is even better). Stay home if you are feeling ill. If you experience symptoms, call your doctor’s office. They will help you determine if you need to be seen and provide you with instructions for seeking medical care.
●Do ensure you continue proper oral hygiene practices (Brush twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste and also include flossing of your teeth). Once you do this regularly, coronavirus pandemic will not be a reason for you to worsen your oral health. Read more about tooth brushing here https://dentalchannel.com.ng/2017/05/22/tooth-brushing-made-simple/
●Disinfect toothbrush with equal ratio of mixture of hydrogen peroxide and mouthwash. Don’t forget to wash your hand often as guide to prevent coronavirus infection.
●Reduce consumption of junk foods. It is tempting to engage in excessive snaking at this time due to the social distancing and subsequent boredom that might ensue due to this coronavirus pandemic. Read about foods that are beneficial to your teeth here https://dentalchannel.com.ng/2017/07/14/foods-that-can-influence-your-oral-health/
●Take more of fruits as substitute for carbonated drinks and biscuits/cookies. Read more about effects of acids on teeth here https://dentalchannel.com.ng/2018/11/11/facts-acid-dental-decay/
●Defer all routine check-ups till after the coronavirus pandemic subsides as most dental procedures produce aerosols.
Visit the dentist ONLY in cases of emergencies during this coronavirus pandemic.
- Dental emergencies such as;
- Severe toothache pain (not just a twinge)
- Swelling of your gums, face, or neck
- Bleeding in your mouth that does not stop
- Infection or a substantial or huge risk of it
- Trauma (such as a broken tooth or accidents or fall) and when possible, call before coming. Read more about how to manage toothache here https://dentalchannel.com.ng/2017/12/20/seven-7-facts-you-need-to-know-about-toothache
- In cases of mild to moderate pain, a virtual consult with your dentist might suffice or ask us questions bothering you on our facebook platform here https://web.facebook.com/groups/askthedentists/.Let us defeat this coronavirus war together.
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What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others in animals. Previous coronavirus outbreaks have included Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). COVID-19 is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.
Although we have a lot to learn about this virus, it appears to spread like other respiratory viruses — when people with the infection cough or sneeze. These droplets are inhaled by other people or moved to the eyes, nose, or mouth by contaminated hands.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus- COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 are flu-like and include fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath. Most people develop only mild symptoms. But some people may develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia.
People at higher risk of severe coronavirus infection include:
- People who are pregnant
- People who are age 60 and older
- People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
- People who have weakened immune systems
What do I do if I have Coronavirus symptoms?
If you have a cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call and speak with your health care provider before going to a medical facility. Do not go to an emergency room. If you believe you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, call NCDC on 0800-970000-10.
If you do feel ill, don’t panic. Most people who get the novel coronavirus disease have only minor symptoms and do not need medical care. In fact, most people with symptoms who are tested for COVID-19 have a negative test. Their symptoms are most likely due to influenza or seasonal allergies. However, you should contact your doctor to inform them of your symptoms and get advice.