What’s happening to my dental treatment? Should I go to or make an appointment?
Last week, we would have told you YES, it’s very important to keep your appointment and look after your dental health, but in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic , there is MORE to consider - certainly in the short term.
The current situation:
Temporarily, we need to be more aware of social distancing and prioritising our exposure risk especially if you are in one of the higher risk groups – over 70, underlying medical condition etc. Internationally, many countries, cities, and agencies, are recommending staying home and avoiding “unnecessary contact” with others - so how do I know if MY appointment is necessary?
Some people think of “6-month visits” as a luxury expense when in reality, they’re one of the most beneficial things you can do for your overall health. Usually it is the PERFECT time to catch problems early while they’re STILL reversible and offer advice on how to keep your mouth healthy. For this reason, if you look at it that way, keeping these appointments, will actually (in normal times) SAVE you money!
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be available to provide emergency/medically necessary appointments but not booking elective and preventive ones; this includes dental checkups, whitening, orthodontics, regular cleanings, and small fillings; these are now put on hold for the time being, however you can call us if you want information about your own dental situation.
Dental treatments of necessity require close contact and the sprays and aerosols produced by the drill and ultrasonic cleaner are very high risk for cross infection to our staff and other patients in spite of the high levels of in-practice hygiene we always undertake. This is a further reason to limit our services until this situation has settled.
So, in the meantime, look after yourselves and from a dental perspective, you may well have plenty time to brush, floss, interdental clean and look after your teeth and perhaps most importantly don’t over-indulge on sugary snacks!
We are reviewing the situation daily and will update you as things change but, in the meantime, if you have a dental emergency, please call and we will advise you appropriately.
If you receive an automated reminder from us inviting you for a check-up or hygienist visit, please ignore them for the time being.
Keep well and keep safe.
In light of the growing number of COVID- 19 (commonly referred to as Coronavirus) cases in the United Kingdom, we are following government and British Dental Association advice and guidelines by putting extra measures in place to keep our practice safe for our patients and staff.
As always, all surfaces in our practice, including door handles and bathrooms are sanitised after every use and we will continue to uphold the highest possible hygiene standards.
With everything that we know about COVID- 19, it seems likely that it’s not going to go away soon. As a result of this, we’d like to ask patients to please follow the following guidelines when coming to the surgery.
If you are unwell with cold-like symptoms (runny nose, cough, sore throat, headache, fever) please do not come to the surgery and contact your GP or call the NHS 24-hour helpline on 111.
If you have been to an affected area within the past 14 days and you have the above symptoms, please do not attend the practice, but reschedule your appointment for 14 days’ time. A full list of the affected areas is available on the government website https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
If you have been in contact with anyone who has been to an affected area within the past 14 days and you have the above symptoms, please do not attend the practice but reschedule your appointment for 14 days’ time.
The most recent government advice is to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people if you’ve travelled to the UK from the places outlined on this link (which also includes timeframes on self isolation), even if you do not have symptoms https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public#returning-travellers
Please wash your hands just before your appointment. Hand sanitisers are available in the surgery.
Should you need to cough please do so into the crease of your elbow. Should you need to sneeze please do so into a tissue and dispose of the tissue in the bin provided.
We appreciate your assistance in trying to prevent the spread of this virus and will be more than happy to provide you with an alternative appointment. As always, the health and wellbeing of our patients and staff is our top priority.