In the past months, dental clinics were only allowed to help with emergency dental issues. However, this limitation has been removed as long as procedures are done safely.
Basic procedures have not changed much but greater attention is being paid to sanitation issues for the protection of patients and staff.
Should you opt for an in-person appointment, don’t expect the visit to be your usual trips to the dentist. You should wear a mask at all times when you’re not being treated, frequently sanitize your hands and maintain social distancing in the clinic.
Although the Ministry of Health has allowed dental clinics to operate normally, it would be advisable to take extra precautions during this time. First, make sure that you do not have a fever, dry cough or breathing difficulties. Next, you must already have a booking prior to the visit. It is also recommended to avoid taking anyone with you to minimize risk of infection. Additionally, you can check with your clinic if your patient form can be filled out online.
In the meantime, as long as you’re not currently facing a dental emergency, remember to keep your teeth and mouth healthy by brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day (yes, even in quarantine).
COVID-19 is going to be with us for many months. So it’s important to look after your oral health by maintaining a healthy diet and oral hygiene routine.