Covid 19 coronavirus: What to do when you need a dentist during lockdown

Stratford dentist Mary Anne Costelloe says while dental clinics are closed during the Covid-19 related lockdown, she and her fellow dentists are still working.

“We are all maintaining phone contact. The emphasis is on phone contact first, and delaying the need for treatment with antibiotics or simple dressings.”

Mary Anne says people can also help themselves by taking simple steps to ensure they maintain good dental hygiene during the lockdown.

“They should continue regular tooth cleaning with a soft toothbrush at least twice per day with a fluoridated toothpaste. People should also try to drink mainly water or milk. Toothpicks are a good alternative to floss and can be helpful when food is stuck between teeth. There are special plastic toothpicks often available at supermarkets “

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