The COVID 19 pandemic has caused delay in dental care for many patients. Dental hospitals and Dentists in India were asked to stop non-urgent visits because of the pandemic. During this time, patients who could easily get their dental problems solved at the clinic have had to wait to see their dentist and get the necessary treatment.
Since teeth don’t get better on their own, practicing good oral habits is a great way to protect your teeth from further damage, and we are here to help you out!
Standard dental care during COVID 19:
- Brush your teeth regularly: regular brushing of teeth is necessary for a good oral hygiene. It should be done for two minutes, at least twice daily. Parents should help their children in proper brushing. It is recommended to use a toothpaste with fluoride.
- Flossing and mouthwash: they act as an adjunct to tooth brushing in keeping good oral hygiene. Floss should be done after eating to remove the food particles wedged between the teeth.
How to relieve tooth pain at home:
- Floss Regularly: sometimes food particles which are stuck between the teeth can cause temporary pain. Regular flossing is recommended after eating to remove the food particles and ensure that proper hygiene is maintained.
- Rinse Mouth with Warm saline water: Salt water is known to reduce the pain and swelling. It also reduces the bacterial load in the mouth. Swish it around the mouth for twenty seconds and spit it out. This can be done multiple times a day.
- Apply Cold Compress: In most cases, externally using ice or cold compress can help numb the tooth pain and reduce the swelling.
- Apply Pain relieving gel: You use over-the-counter oral topical gels that gives symptomatic relief from tooth pain. This enables you to gain temporary pain relief, a visit to the dentist is still needed for a complete cure.
- Take Prescribed Pain medications: In severe cases, you can take various over-the-counter pain medications (like acetaminophen or aspirin) can help alleviate tooth pain. Having said that, It is necessary to consult your dentist or physician who knows about your medical history and allergies before taking any pain medication.
- Use Clove: Clove oil contains a natural anesthetic and antibacterial called eugenol which has been observed to help reduce toothache pain. Clove can be kept directly on the tooth surface to relieve the tooth ache.
These remedies provide temporary relief from toothache and prolongs a visit to a dentist. For complete cure and treatment of the root cause of the dental problem, it becomes necessary to take a dentist’s appointment and schedule a visit.
When to see a dentist during COVID pandemic:
According to the ADA (American Dental Association) Guidelines, a dental emergency is one that is potentially life-threatening and requires immediate treatment for:
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Bacterial infection that could compromise the patient’s airway
- Trauma involving facial bones, potentially compromising the patient’s airway
- Require immediate attention to relieve pain or risk of infection.
- If a large piece of the tooth, or the whole tooth is missing
- Nerve damage is apparent, such as feeling of numbness
- You are showing signs of an abscess or infection (pain, swelling, hot to the touch and redness)
- Any other abnormal symptoms
If you or your loved one is facing any of the issues mentioned above, you should know that it is time you schedule a visit to a dentist.
In a time like this, we at The Dental Roots are following strict guidelines and taking all necessary precautions to ensure that all our patients are safe. Our principal dentist, Dr. Dheeraj Setia is one of the best dentists in Gurgaon, and his commitment to provide specialized dentistry in India is unparalleled which makes us strive for the best.
To know more about how, we are ready to serve our patients, read the blog here - The Dental Roots is Open With Sterile Environment and Safety Protocols for COVID 19