Corona Virus

Coronavirus and Your Oral Health

Amid the panic buying for toilet paper and sliding share markets, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has quickly brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives. Decisions need to be made on travel, attending school, the workplace or even keeping routine medical appointments.

We want to provide our patients with a sense of calm and explain how we protect you from infection so that you don’t compromise your oral health by delaying dental appointments during this period of uncertainty.

In fact, having poor oral health could just be your Achilles heel in fighting off an infection like Coronavirus.

How we keep you safe from infection

As an accredited dental practice, we maintain extremely strict hygiene procedures and infection control to protect both our patients and staff from all types of infection. We take these hygiene practices seriously.

Upgraded Precautionary Steps for COVID19

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have implemented further precautionary steps, including:

Our regular infection control continues

These infection controls include:

Why you should maintain your oral health during a Coronavirus outbreak

Common dental issues such as bleeding gums, gingivitis or chronic periodontitis can leave your mouth more exposed to a viral infection. Also, oral health plays a vital role in overall health including your immunity to fight off infection. Most cases of Coronavirus eventually subside, like the common flu, it is mostly those with lowered immunity or existing health issues where the more serious complications, and unfortunately death, can occur.

Maintaining oral health and therefore your overall health will allow your body to put up its best defence against any virus or infection. Having any dental or outstanding health issues seen to should be your priority rather than putting this off to a later date.

Tips to avoid getting or spreading Coronavirus

There are many ways you can prevent catching or spreading viruses like Coronavirus in your day to day life. These healthy habits will serve you well at all times in your life:1

Coronavirus is certainly something to be aware and concerned about. It pays for us all to remain vigilant and practice our normal hygiene routines. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist, now is a good time to ensure that your oral hygiene won’t compromise your bodies defence against infection.

Dr Rourke provides a thorough dental exam to ensure that your oral health is in check. We strive to create an anxiety-free practice. If you have any underlying fears or concerns prior to arrival, please let us know so we can make you feel as comfortable as possible during your visit. Your health and well-being are our number one priority.

Source – Department of Health, Australian Government

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