Advice for the Public
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These include pointers on how to keep your mouth healthy and advice on how to access dental services in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland during the Coronavirus pandemic.
There is also a video to mark #BreastfeedingCelebrationWeek in June which outlines the benefits of breastfeeding and provides some advice during the Coronavirus pandemic.
These have been prepared by a group of BASCD members led by Jasmine Murphy, consultant in Dental Public Health, PHE, East Midlands.
BASCD would like to thank friends and colleagues who contributed to the PPI process.
“How to access NHS dental care in Northern Ireland during the Coronavirus pandemic” Also, you can view a very helpful message from colleagues in Northern Ireland here.
The British Dental Association outlines here why routine dentistry is not available during the COVID-19 pandemic, via the NHS or privately.
Importance of good daily mouth care
Self-care matters to reduce the risk of problems: good oral hygiene using a fluoride toothpaste; healthy diet (low in sugary foods and drinks); avoid tobacco and if you drink alcohol please do so within safer limits.
Where people are ill, they should make every effort to keep their mouth clean and moist (hydrated). Further advice on self-care is available from the Oral Health Foundation.
Urgent or emergency dental care
Limited urgent and emergency dental care is available within some special centres. Appointments may be given after a telephone triage consultation. Be aware that depending on where you live in the UK arrangements for dental care may differ slightly.
Seek emergency dental care by:-
- All Regions: Phoning your own dental practice to check on local arrangements.
- England: Phoning NHS 111.
- Wales: Links to local services available from the NHS Direct Wales website or you can check your symptoms on line at the NHSDirect Wales symptom checker.
- Scotland: Contact NHS 24 (out-of-hours) by phoning 111 in Scotland. Further local information is available at NHS Inform.
- Northern Ireland: Patients to contact their own dental practice or a local dental practice if they are not already registered with a practice. Local Service finder.
Pharmacists may be a useful source of advice and mouthwashes or temporary filling cement.
Advice on self-help for a range of dental problems (Scottish resource)
Advice for specific dental problems (Welsh resource)
- Tooth knocked out
- Broken tooth
- Lost filling / crown
- Mouth ulcer
- Tooth decay
- Wisdom tooth problems
Information on dental problems (Northern Ireland resource)
Mouth care advice for care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic (Scottish resource)
Mouth care advice for Care at Home services during the COVID-19 pandemic (Scottish resource)
Mouth care advice for hospitals during the pandemic (English resource)
Mouth care advice for hospitals during the pandemic (Scottish resource)
Mouth Care advice for the Critically Ill Patient (Scottish resource)
Advice for dental professionals
- General Dental Council links to advice for England, Scotland, Wales, N.Ireland.
- Management of acute dental problems during COVID pandemic (SDCEP).
- National analgesic advice sheet for dentists.
- FGDP Antimicrobial Prescribing for Acute Dento-Alveolar Infections.
- Advice on ibuprofen and COVID-19: The Commission of Human Medicines (CHM)Expert Working Group on coronavirus (COVID-19) has concluded that there is currently insufficient evidence to establish a link between use of ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and susceptibility to contracting COVID-19 or the worsening of its symptoms.
- Patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and headache, and should follow NHS advice if they have any questions or if symptoms get worse.
- 29/4/20 – Open letter on prescribing antibiotics during COVID-19
- 06/05/20 – Recommendations for the re-opening of dental services:a rapid review of international sources
- UK (BDA)
- Northern Ireland General Dental Services or Health and Social Care Staff
Infection Prevention and Control Resources (PPE)
- COVID-19 NHS England Standard Operating Procedure for Urgent Dental Care systems.
- COVID Infection prevention and control guidance and resources for all settings (including dental).
- Table of recommended PPE for all settings (including dentistry) during ‘sustained transmission of COVID 19’ (Table 4).
- COVID-19 – Annex 1: infection prevention and control in urgent dental care settings during the period of COVID-19.
- COVID-19 – guidance for primary care.