Phased Re-Opening Plan
Following the government’s announcement that dental practices were permitted to re-open from 8 June 2020 we have initiated our phased re-opening plan.
Whilst we are very much looking forward to being able to resume ‘normal’ services, our priority is to ensure that we are able to provide a safe environment for our patients and staff in order to ensure we can meet the government’s requirements around social distancing and safe working practices.
Things may be a little different for a while and we will be operating a closed-door policy, whereby all entry to the building is by appointment only. All patients will be given an initial phone or video consultation to minimise the time spent in the practice. There is still a limit on what procedures we can undertake while the coronavirus alert level remains high. Our priority will be to see those patients who have been waiting with urgent care needs.
Our reception team will be available Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm and 9am to 12pm on Friday. This is subject to change and at busy times you may be directed to an answering service.
Read more in our letter to patients.
Dental Tips During Coronavirus Pandemic
As we are currently not permitted to see patients face to face, even in an emergency, we thought a few tips might come in useful. Please remember that our telephones are manned between 9-11am every morning. If you do need advice at any other time, please call the practice where you will be directed to your dentist.
A Little Reminder
Lastly a little reminder of a few things that will make the coming weeks kinder on your teeth and gums:
- Make sure you brush twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride. Ensure you don’t rinse out the toothpaste after brushing as it has much more of a beneficial effect if it is left on the teeth
- Clean in between your teeth EVERY day with either floss, TePes or other cleaning aids that you have been shown by your dentist or hygienist
- Reduce sugar intake in food or drink to just 4 times a day. Your teeth should be able to cope with that. Any more frequent and your risk of developing tooth decay increases dramatically. If you allow tooth decay to develop, it can lead to problems including toothache! The effect of any sugary food and drink on your teeth lasts for up to an hour so be careful and look out for hidden sugars
- Bleeding from your mouth when you brush your teeth is usually because your gums are inflamed – you need to try and determine where the bleeding is coming from and clean more in that area not less.
We hope that you find these tips helpful. Let’s hope that you don’t need to use any of them. If you do, don’t forget that we are on the other end of the phone to give you further advice on 01293 782772 where you will be directed to your dentist for a telephone consultation.