Oral Care Advice During the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting us, our families and friends in many ways.  When it comes to our oral health, some people are unsure on what to do if they have a dental emergency and others are seeking tips on how to spend the extra time at home to take better care of their health. During this stressful period, please refer to the questions and answers below in case you need advice or help.

  • Wherever possible we should all stay at home to stop the spread of Covid-19. However, if you are unsure and concerned about your dental condition, contact a dentist and ask for guidance. You can also find more information by accessing www.mouthhealthy.org/virus, the official American Dental Association web portal.

  • Here’s a guide to what you can reschedule for a time when your dentist has resumed normal operations, and what you should consider an emergency. If you’re not sure whether your dental care need counts as an emergency, call a dentist’s office. They can help decide if you need to be seen immediately. Below is some guidance from the American Dental Association website noted above:

    Dental care you can reschedule for another time:

    • Regular visits for exams, cleanings and x-rays
    • Regular visits for braces
    • Removal of teeth that aren’t painful
    • Treatment of cavities that aren’t painful
    • Tooth whitening

    Dental care that you should have taken care of by a dentist at this time:

    • Bleeding that doesn’t stop
    • Painful swelling in or around your mouth
    • Pain in a tooth, teeth or jaw bone
    • Gum infection with pain or swelling
    • After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal)
    • Broken or knocked out tooth
    • Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer
    • Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheek or gums
    • Biopsy of abnormal tissue