ADASA COVID-19 Public Information

‘Stopping the spread of COVID-19 in South Australia is our number one priority across the whole health system.

Although dental services are currently restricted, you and your family can still access emergency dental treatment by contacting your local or regular dental clinic for advice or check the ADASA website for an register of dentists who are currently practising under level one restrictions. Tele-consultations are available for many who are unable to leave their home because they are either ill, in isolation or quarantine, or  high risk and vulnerable in the community.

As your regular dental check-ups and care will be postponed, taking care of your personal oral health is essential. The health of our teeth and mouth is linked to overall health in a number of ways. Oral health problems such as pain, missing teeth or infections can reduce a person‘s quality of life by affecting their physical, mental and social well-being. There is also an association between oral disease and other general health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

In the meantime it is important to maintain good oral hygiene habits which is the key to protect your dental health while your dentist is closed or providing only limited treatment. Make sure you brush your teeth and gums morning night with the fluoride toothpaste and spitting out the toothpaste rather than rinsing. Flossing daily is also important for good gum health and minimise risk of decay. Reduce your consumption of sugary foods and drink plenty of water. Chewing sugar-free gum between meals can help protect your teeth from tooth decay. It is never too early to start looking after your oral health.

Children should be developing good oral health habits from the moment they start teething. Clean your babies teeth twice a day with a soft cloth or brush it with a soft toothbrush and water. Once they reach 18 months old you could introduce low-fluoride toothpaste and from six years old use adult toothpaste. Children under 8 years will need help brushing their teeth and older kids may still need to be supervised. Encourage your children to choose healthy snacks and drinks that are good for the young teeth.

We understand that changing your routine can be frustrating but these measures are in place to help keep us all healthy and safe. We appreciate your patience and the sooner we stop the spread of coronavirus, the sooner we can go back to our normal day-to-day lives.’

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

 SA Health

Dental treatment under Level 1 restrictions:

All dental services can be provided using standard precautions for people who do not meet epidemiological and clinical risk factors for COVID-19 infection transmission as per the case definitions available from:

https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/cdna-song-novel-coronavirus.htm

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