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How to Treat Dental Emergencies During COVID-19

Dental Emergencies During A Pandemic

How to Treat Dental Emergencies During COVID-19

18 November 2020

Etwall Dental Practice understands the difficulty of dealing with dental issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are here to provide further guidance on what to do in a dental emergency when you are at home, prior to contacting us. You will learn how to manage common dental pain, as well as learn some best-practice tips to make sure your oral health is maintained as best as possible.

How To Relieve Toothache

The most common issue patients face is toothache. If you are experiencing toothache and are unable to reach a dentist immediately, ensure you follow the following steps to manage and alleviate some of the pain:

  • Keep the painful area cold using a bag of frozen vegetables or a cool pack wrapped in a towel. Do not apply ice directly to your tooth as this can increase pain and damage the tissues.
  • Avoid both acidic and sugary foods, particularly sweets and fizzy drinks as they tend to aggravate the pain.
  • Continue your regular oral health routine of brushing and flossing your teeth and rub toothpaste directly onto the affected area.
  • Gently massage the affected area
  • Keep your head elevated during the night to ensure blood pressure does not worsen your pain.

How To Relieve Wisdom Tooth Pain

Much like common toothache, wisdom tooth pain can become extremely painful and uncomfortable if not treated quickly. If you experience such a pain, Etwall Dental Practice recommends the following to manage the pain:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater at regular intervals
  • Use mouthwash that is suitable for gum problems, such as Corsodyl
  • Despite the pain, it is important to continue to continue cleaning your wisdom tooth as many times as possible
  • Keep the painful area cold using a bag of frozen vegetables or a cool pack wrapped in a towel. Do not apply ice directly to your tooth as this can increase pain and damage the tissues.

How To Treat Mouth Ulcers

Fortunately, mouth ulcers can be treated at home and are likely to heal after ten days. To relieve the pain of mouth ulcers, you can:

  • Clean the area with warm saltwater as much as possible
  • Mouth ulcer relief gel is available to purchase, such as Bonjela or Iglu
  • Use cotton wool to apply clove oil to the affected area

If you feel as though you have any dental problems, please don’t hesitate to contact us via phone on 01283 733391 or our contact form. We will do our utmost to accommodate on the same day of calling, we advise calling first thing in the morning as afternoons cannot guarantee same day appointments .

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COVID-19 update

Following the governments most recent announcement on Saturday 31st October 2020 of second national lockdown, we would like to reassure all of our patients that we shall continue to REMAIN OPEN and we endeavour to look after your oral health.

Since our initial opening on 8th June, following the first lockdown, we have implemented strict measures by enhancing our infection control standards to ensure we can continue to practice in a COVID SECURE way for our staff and patients. We now know a lot more about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we shall ensure this is revised when any new information is presented so that we can continue to work safely and protect our NHS where possible. As we are a medical facility, all staff will continue to wear PPE and we encourage all patients to adhere to the measures in place on visiting the practice.

We have made it our upmost priority to keep all of our patients and staff safe throughout these challenging times. If you are required to self-isolate or have any Coronavirus symptoms please follow the government guidelines and we would be happy to rearrange your appointment to a suitable alternative.

Can we remind all patients that face masks are mandatory on entering Etwall Dental Practice and your temperature shall be measured by a member of staff at the door.

We hope you and your families stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Etwall Dental Team