We have compiled a collection of resources relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) that we update regularly:
UPDATED May 10th, 2020
We Are Open | Ipswich Dentists
- COVID-19 Guidelines Have Now Eased. We would like to advise that Grange Road Dental Group will re-open from Monday 27th April, following easing of restrictions to Level 2 by the National Cabinet.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance | Australian Government Department of Health:
We have made a list below of type dental scenarios you may endure during this time. We are available to help give you advice and guidance over the phone. Call us on (07) 3281 6666. We are happy to help.
- Tooth Ache
– Start taking regular pain killers if you need them. If you are unsure what you can take, call us or check with your local pharmacist for guidance.
– Good Oral Hygiene with a fluoride toothpaste and reducing your intake of sugary foods will help to ensure any existing decay doesn’t get worse.
– If the pain involves a sharp sensitivity, apply Colgate Sensitive ProRelief directly to the area with you finger tip and rub onto the sensitive tooth area for 20 seconds. This will help to apply a protective coating and may help with the sensitivity.
– Call us on (07) 3281 6666. We are happy to help. We can arrange x-rays and further treatment as necessary.
– If necessary we can prescribe a course of Antibiotics to help with a dental infection that is causing the tooth ache.
- Broken Tooth / Lost Filling
– Most times, the tooth may only be sensitive if you eat on this area and drink cold/hot liquids. If so, try to avoid the area as much as possible. Sometimes the tooth may not be sensitive at all
– If needed, take regular pain killers. If you are unsure what you can take, call us or check with your local pharmacist for guidance.
– Initially, the area will feel sharp to you tongue. Try to avoid the area with you tongue.
– Maintain good oral hygiene and a low sugar diet to prevent any decay from developing or existing decay from getting worse.
– Call us on (07) 3281 6666. We are happy to help. We can arrange an appointment as soon as our restriction lift to you for dental treatment.
- Traumatic Injury to the Teeth and/or Gums
– Feel free to Call Us on (07) 3281 6666 and we will help you assess the situation.
– Generally bumps and cuts to the lip and look nasty but there’s a good chance everything will be ok.
– If a tooth has been chipped, broken and moved, it is best to take a photo and let us see by emailing us the photos.
– If needed, take regular pain killers, as per directions. If you are unsure what you can take, call us or check with your local pharmacist for guidance.
– Initially, we recommend Colgate Savacol (or Listerine Zero for kids) for the first few days, a couple of times a day. It’s not necessary, or recommended, to continue this long term.
– Generally avoid the area when eating for the next few weeks. Softer foods will help. It may take up to 6-8 weeks for everything to completely settle. This is ok and normal.
– We also recommend GENTLE brushing of the area at the gum level with a VERY SOFT TOOTH BRUSH. Be very gentle at first, but as time goes on and the area becomes less tender ensure good brushing continues. We don’t want plaque building up at the gum level.
– We are happy to monitor the situation with you what it is looking like in a few days time, then again in 1 week.
– We can arrange x-rays and further treatment as necessary.
- Sensitive Teeth
– Sensitive teeth typically occurs at the gum level of the tooth, where the gums have receded and / or there is worn tooth enamel, therefore causing the sensitive tooth root surface to be exposed.
– Feel free to Call Us on (07) 3281 6666 and we can discuss your symptoms, the possible causes and ways to prevent it and tooth sensitivity treatment options.
– We may recommend for you to initially try a specific type of sensitive toothpaste that we find works best to temporarily block the sensitive root surfaces areas.
Click this link to learn more about sensitive teeth, our recommendation for the best densensitising toothpaste and how to apply it… READ MORE.
Recommended Measures by the Australian and State Government to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Social Distancing (1.5m -2m)
This is a funny video that helps get the message across about social distancing.
Also we found the video below to be very creative and a good visual representation of why social distancing is so important.
- Good Hygiene (hand washing and cough etiquette)
Also see this poster by QLD Health for handwashing tips.
- Limit on Public Gatherings and Staying at Home when possible
- Routine Household Cleaning
Also this is a great summary article by a group of Australian GP’s on the recommended protection measures we can take right now.
Wearing a mask in public will be particularly important if the rate of community spread increases in Australia. It is also likely to become necessary once our community is ready to return to work and back to school, etc. For this we will have to be guided by the Australian Government recommendations.
Also if you are caring for someone who is unwell, then wearing a mask is recommended.
But, all masks are not equal and if you’re wearing one, there are must know tips on how to wear a mask properly.
We have written an article on Mask Wearing 101. Click HERE TO READ the full article on how to wear a mask properly.
In The News
- It’s official, the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny are classified as Essential Workers
- 13th April: This is a good ABC podcast episode from ‘Health Report’ that discusses the importance of social distancing measures in order to stamp out / eliminate the coronavirus in Australia.
- 14th April: Washing your hands many times is one thing. But have you noticed your skin getting dry and damaged? As Dentists we have to carefully manage this because we wash our hands so many times each day. Here’s an article that discusses how to look after your hands during the COVID-19 hygiene measures that we’re all taking.
- 16th April: The coronavirus contact tracing app won’t log you location, but it will reveal who you hang out with.
- 16th April: Dr Norman Swan looks at proposed treatment options for coronavirus (COVID-19) – SEE twitter link & video below
- 16th April: Australia’s coronavirus restrictions will remain until these three things are established.
Exercise and Stretching Suggestions that we follow.
- Here is a short ‘wake up your body’ routine from The Dental Yogis on Instagram. The Dental Yogis are dental colleagues of our in the US that we follow and join in with their Instagram yoga and stretching sessions.
We are Keeping You Updated
Come back and visit our COVID-19 UPDATES page, as we are regularly updating it.
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With best and safe wishes,
The Grange Road Dental Group Team.