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Our response to the coronavirus outbreak is continuing – and our focus is on keeping critical services running, particularly those supporting vulnerable people.

We are currently working through the detail of the latest government announcements which affect Leicester city and parts of the county. 

Find out more about the support and guidance available, and any changes to our services.

Increased restrictions for Leicester and parts of Leicestershire announced 

Oral health tips during Covid-19

We’ve all had to make changes to our daily routine recently, whether it’s working from home, longer hours, a different job, home schooling or adapting in other ways – but to maintain your oral and general health, try to ensure your oral health routine is not overlooked.

Keep your teeth in top condition

Brush twice a day

Use a fluoride toothpaste and brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day once last thing at night and one other occasion. Spit out and do not rinse. Dental floss or dental tape and interdental brushes are great additions to your oral health routine. 

Limit your sugar intake

Cutting down on sweets, cakes and fizzy drinks won’t just reduce your risk of tooth decay and help you avoid urgent dental treatment – it will also improve your general health. The safest drinks for teeth are plain water and plain milk.

Stop tooth or gum problems before they happen

If you’re running out of toothpaste or other dental products, remember to buy them as part of your essential shopping trips or deliveries. And, as these items are in good supply, you don’t need to buy too many at once! 

Maintain toothbrush hygiene

Keep your toothbrush separate and safe

Never share a toothbrush, as bacteria and viruses can be transmitted this way. Store your toothbrush away from other objects and brushes, and lower the toilet lid before you flush as spray could land on your brush!  

Swap to a new toothbrush regularly

You should change your toothbrush – or brush head – every three months, or more frequently if the bristles become worn. You may want to change yours more often if you or someone you live with displays Coronavirus symptoms. 

Deep clean your bathroom

Wash, clean or disinfect your toilet, taps, tiles, towels and towel rails regularly – remember the five Ts. 

What to do if you require urgent dental care

All non-urgent appointments such as check-ups, cosmetic dental treatment, fillings and extractions should be re-arranged. Despite the UK-wide shutdown, all dental practices should be maintaining a basic triage service. However, you may find yourself with a more pressing issue that cannot wait. Here’s what you should do:

  • If you are registered with a dentist and are experiencing pain or swelling, or damage to your teeth resulting from an accident, contact your dental practice over the phone or online – do not visit in person, and do not go to A&E. If your clinic is closed, you will be referred to a service that can help. 
  • If you do not have a dentist, or you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms, or if you are a vulnerable or shielded person at high risk, and you require urgent dental treatment, search for your nearest dentist or contact NHS 111 online for advice or assessment.

Additional resources

  • For further help and advice about your oral health and wellbeing, consult the Oral Health Foundation’s FAQs or contact the charity’s Dental Helpline by filling their enquiry form
  • More immediate advice can be obtained by calling the Oral Health Foundation’s Dental Helpline on 01788 539 780. Lines are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and you will receive free and impartial advice from a fully-trained oral health expert.
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