Coronavirus is a contiguous disease and spreading around the world with daily increasing numbers of patients. Many of the victims died until now collectively, the medical science has failed to cure the viral infection as there is no treatment of this disease. Health care is being provided, but severely damaged people’s lungs couldn’t survive. The virus has reached an alarming stage and become a threat to the existence of humanity. As the spread of COVID-19 continues, Jangda Clinic, one of the leading dental clinics in Karachi, brings you several questions from dental patients and their answers.
Should I go to the dentist if I’m having pain?
It is a need of today to keep a social distance for controlling the spread of Coronavirus. To keep you safe and healthy, it should make sure that you don’t have dental infections. It is recommended if you have a dental emergency like infections, then visit the dentist.
Dental emergencies are:
-Wisdom tooth pain/ infection
-Infection of the face with intra-oral or extra-oral swelling
-Severe, throbbing pain in your jaw
-Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma
-Trauma to the teeth, jaw
-Denture adjustment on radiation/oncology patients
-Denture adjustments or repairs when you can’t chew
Is Oral hygiene necessary to fight Coronavirus?
The dangerous and killer virus enters your mouth in the airways and rooted in the lungs when flu viruses start from nose to throat and reach your voice box (aspiration). The infection slidesdown in your windpipe or trachea and affects your lungs. You should clear your mouth and throat of infectious pathogens throughout the day and before going to bed.
What oral hygiene measures can I take to decrease my exposure to Coronavirus?
1. Oral hygiene:
To avoid Coronavirus brush and floss your teeth daily, clean your tongue, swish and spit or gargle along if you have pain in the teeth. The mouth wash contains oxidative agents (1% hydrogen peroxide or 0.2% povidone) is recommended because nCoV is vulnerable to oxidation.
2. General hygiene:
Taking precautions, it is needed you don’t touch your nose face eyes or mouth when you are outside, or hands are unwashed because Coronavirus can enter. Every time you go outside, wash your hands with soap and warm water, especially your nose and blow it as well. Scrubbing hands with soap help germs out of the skin, or you can use sanitizer, which is 60 percent alcoholic.
Keep yourself stay away from sick people or wear masks if going outdoor and do not let the people breathe on your face while traveling.
What precautions dental office provides to prevent the spread of infection?
The dental office performs sterilization and disinfection, and for this purpose, they need a close-quarter to the patient. To control the infection, the different measure has been taken for health care to prevent the spread of disease.
The office would be handled with intensive care such as (examination room, dental chair, dental light, drawer, and countertops should be cleaned with disinfectant. All the equipment is sterilized to the patients while disposables also such as masks, gloves gowns, and eyewear.
What extra precautions are they taking during this time?
They have instituted extra precautions and protocols such as (screening patients for COVID-19, installation of air purifiers, using sanitizers, and intervals between appointments). The patients also ask for mouth rinsing before proceduresand doing effective and strict disinfection measures.