It's time to think of your teeth. As coronavirus restictions are eased and dental practices open up for the full range of dental procedures once again, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is reminding people to book an appointment with their dentist.
"For the past six weeks dentists have only seen patients on an emergency basis," said ADA President Dr Carmelo Bonanno. "The coronavirus pandemic resulted in a restricted range of dental services that could be offered to the general public.
"We're pleased that people can now resume routine dental treatment, including any procedures they started before the pandemic struck."
The ADA is concerned that people may have neglected their teeth whilst stuck at home during the pandemic. In addition, while people are at home, they could be more open to the temptations of sugary pantry treats more often than usual.
"We're anticipating a rush of people back to the dentist. Why not also get children's teeth checked while they're spending less time at school due to COVID-19?"
It's a good time to also remind people that everyone has their part to play in maintaining optimal oral health with four regular practices:
· Brush your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride,
· Floss daily to remove bits of food stuck between the teeth,
· Reduce sugar intake - most adults still consume far too much sugar. The World Health Organisation recommends limiting sugar to no more than six teaspoons a day or 24 grams,
· See your dentist regularly.
People who don't have a regular dentist can check out the ADA's Find a Dentist service to find their nearest practitioner. There is also a range of helpful information on the ADA website that answers questions around managing oral health during COVID-19.