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ANZAC DAY 2020 during covid-19

As ANZAC day approaches, we look back to a horrendous time in the worlds history. Many brave soldiers fought selflessly and heroically whilst having to endure terrible conditions. Unfortunately, one of the side effects caused due to these horrific conditions was a debilitating infection known as “Trench mouth.” Trench mouth was not only caused by a build-up of harmful bacteria in the mouth when tooth brushing wasn’t of high priority. Other main reasons included poor diet, smoking, and extreme stress leading to a compromised immune system. It is more formally known as acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis. This is a serious type of Periodontal disease and is quite often associated with bleeding gums, pain and ulcers.

Periodontal disease is associated with the periodontium (the tissues that surround and support the teeth) and in its severe form affects 10% of the global population according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Fortunately, periodontal disease is treatable. Of course it has been hard to make it into the dentist for your regular cleans and check-ups of late, however practicing good oral hygiene at home is a must.  It has now become even more important to ensure you are taking good care of your oral health and of those around you who may not be able to take adequate care of themselves. This includes the elderly, special needs patients and children who are unable to care for themselves.

Brush and floss twice a day

It so important to remove the layer of bacteria filled plaque off the tooth surface and from between them. A soft toothbrush angled toward the gums and using circular motions and daily flossing is adequate to remove it. For those who have a hard time with manual dexterity an electric toothbrush with an oscillating head is a fantastic alternative to a manual toothbrush and has been shown to be more effective at removing plaque. Best way to prevent periodontal disease.

Maintain a healthy diet

Diets high in complex carbohydrates, fats and sugars not only make us feel unwell and sluggish, but the sugars in our diet combine with the bacteria in our mouths to form acid which attack the tooth surface. Make sure you, and those around you drink plenty of water.

Look after yourself

Now, more then ever its important to try and keep positive and motivated. A healthy mindset can lead to maintaining good habits and combating stress. Go easy on yourself and check on those around you.

Take good care of removable and fixed appliances

Dentures, removeable retainers and braces can all act as extra places for bacteria and plaque to stick too. Make sure you are using superfloss and piksters to clean in and around them and that you are cleaning removable dentures with a soft toothbrush and mild soap and storing them in a clean airtight container overnight.

During this time of remembrance, lets also remember the people around us that may need extra help to care for themselves. We are super excited to find out that after this ANZAC day restrictions have eased and we will now be able to return to most general dental procedures. We can certainly ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy, whilst continuing to take extra precautions to keep everyone safe. Please know we are available every day for emergency care or if you are in isolation, complimentary virtual appointments remain.

Stay home, stay safe, wash your hands and remember to floss.

 

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