Updated: Oct 5, 2020
Dr Fareed Amod of Crown Dental Studio says, “As September is national Oral Health Month in South Africa, this is a good time to pay extra attention to your dental care routine”.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having wide-ranging impacts on our everyday lives, including delaying scheduled dental and other appointments. In a recent statement, the South African Dental Association (SADA) commented that dentistry is essential healthcare. The statement further commented that without doubt, ‘oral health is integral to overall health and neglect and delay of certain treatments may lead to extensive damage and increased financial implications to correct’.
Two of the world’s most common health problems affect the mouth; these being tooth cavities and gum disease. Being aware of any changes in the mouth and not waiting for any pain or discomfort to increase is important in maintaining your teeth and gums.
Consequently, ‘routine’ dental care should not be delayed further.
Now that we have reached lockdown level two, September is when you should be scheduling a visit to your dentist. Dr Amod said, “Maintaining good oral hygiene habits is essential. Currently, gum disease ranks second to the common cold in terms of frequency. An estimated 90% of South Africans will experience gum disease at some time in their lives. Therefore, looking after your teeth and gums is an investment in your long-term well-being!”
Dr Amod offers the following tips for maintaining good oral health:
1. Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes and remember to change your brush every 3-4 months 2. Floss frequently
3. Have a healthy diet
4. Be aware of any changes in your mouth such as changes in colour of gums and teeth; sensitivity to cold or hot; clenching or grinding of teeth
5. Get regular dental check-ups
This advice is supported by SADA, which holds that dentists have a role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing, or treating oral diseases, which can adversely affect systemic health. Gum disease has been linked to coronary heart disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes and diabetes. New research also shows that women with gum disease find it harder to conceive.
In order to maintain your oral health, the Crown Dental Studio practice hygienists are also on hand to provide cleaning and polishing treatments, preventative fluoride applications, as well as stain-removing and brightening treatments.
As dental treatment is naturally high-risk due to the unavoidable contact with patients, Crown Dental Studio practices strict sterilisation and disinfection protocols.
Crown Dental Studio is one of the few truly 24-hour dental practises in Durban as this is not limited to emergency dentistry treatment.