Has Lockdown Forced You To Become a DIY Dentist?

Has Lockdown Forced You To Become a DIY Dentist?

As lockdown becomes an unwelcome normality, there are some worrying trends and statistics emerging when it comes to oral health. The worst of which is that many people are trying to fix tooth problems at home, turning us into a nation of DIY dentists. Now, you don’t need us to tell you why this is a bad idea, but what you do need to hear are the statistics behind the headlines and find out how Riverside Dental can help look after your oral health whether we are in lockdown or not.

The Impact of Covid-19 on Oral Health

The Covid-19 pandemic has so far had terrible consequences on the nation’s health and wellbeing with oral health also being impacted.

According to recent research by the Oral Health Foundation and Colgate:

  • 19% of people haven’t been brushing their teeth twice a day
  • One in five people are now eating unhealthier food than before lockdown
  • 18% of people haven’t seen a dentist for over 2 years
  • 36% of people have had toothache during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • One in four people have been online to try and fix dental problems at home

Why You Should Never Attempt DIY Dentistry

It goes without saying that trying to fix dental problems at home should be avoided. Not only do you risk making the problem worse, but you could do permanent damage to your teeth.  Also, experiencing pain in your mouth may make it difficult to maintain your regular oral health routine, as brushing becomes painful. This lack of routine, may cause further damage to your teeth and gums, leaving you more at risk of dental decay and cavities.

If you are experiencing pain, a loosening of your tooth or think you have damaged a filling you should contact your dentist as soon as possible.

How Riverside Dental Can Help

At Riverside Dental Spa we are currently open for all routine and emergency appointments.  We have extra measures in place to ensure the safety of our patients and staff and to minimise the spread of Covid-19. We are actively encouraging all of our patients to attend routine appointments or contact us if they are experiencing dental pain and discomfort. Of course, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19 such as a high temperature, continuous cough or loss in taste or smell, have been asked to self isolate or come into recent contact with anyone who has tested positive then we ask that you call us to reschedule your appointment.

For appointments please contact us. 

Call us on 0800 0154 222

Click here to book an appointment online

We look forward to seeing you in our practice and helping you to solve any dental problems you are currently experiencing.

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