The entire world has been ravaged by a disease that has not been seen before called the Coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19, it has spread like wildfire reaching many countries including ours, as a dentist in Abuja I will share with you some helpful tips to safeguard yourself from getting infected.
Coronavirus originated from Wuhan in China and has quickly spread, causing massive disruption in regular human activities such as social interactions, economic stability, and the medical and dental profession as well. Its highly contagious nature and the speed of the spread are cause for concern, for governments and people all over the world. This pandemic needs to be treated with all seriousness.
The incubation period for COVID-19 is estimated to be between the period of 5 to 6 days on the average, and possible evidence of infection can be seen in 15 days. From this moment quarantine measures and medical observation is crucial to saving the infected person’s life and those around.
Now if you or anyone around you is running a high temperature that isn’t going down or experiencing severe pains in your body and getting excessive dry cough or sneezing, you need to isolate yourself and contact the health authorities immediately for proper testing and diagnosis.
Observations show that individuals most vulnerable to the virus are the elderly and people with underlining illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases. Bellevue dental recognizes that it is important that everyone takes precautionary measures to safeguard themselves and those around them so that the spread of the Coronavirus be stopped.
There are measures taken by the government to curb the spread of the virus which are substantial, but all citizens need to have the right information on how to stay safe and comply with all forms of control measures.
How COVID-19 affects your Dental care
As a severe respiratory infection, regular checkups and treatments at the dentist will be suspended temporarily for the health and safety of patients and dentists. This is because the transmission of the disease is particularly from the mouth, nose, and teeth to anyone in close proximity.
Currently, there are no measures or guidelines in place on how a dentist in Abuja should approach the coronavirus epidemic, so it is recommended that dentists and patients should take strict personal protection measures and reduce operations that can produce aerosols or air droplets.
Aerosols or tiny air droplets are produced by the equipment used in dental treatment. Now there is a chance that these droplets if infected with the virus can be inhaled by the patient or dentist. This makes it important that everyone stays away from each other in close quarters.
The exception to this closure is if there is a case of emergency and the expertise of a dentist is required then the person can receive dental care. Otherwise, in minor cases, a dentist can give useful information on how to treat the dental issue temporarily at home.
Here are some helpful tips that I hope will keep you and your family, and neighbors safe, during this time.
Social distancing is key in combating this virus, don’t go out if you don’t have to, stay at home and stock up your supplies like food items and medical supplies. Make a list for the supplies you want when you’re home and stick to it while at the store. Limit contact with everyone and do not shake, hug or have long conversations with people. Say hello and have a nice day then return home.
The necessity for social distancing and abstinence from large gatherings requires that we close the services of our dental practitioners at this time.
Wear a mask outdoors
Respiratory droplets are the major means for the transmission and infection of the coronavirus, so going out or mingling with people needs to be brought to the barest minimum. Preventive measures need to be taken when you are going out, like using an N95 mask can provide a significant level of protection against inhaling droplets but I found in the air, also wearing latex hand gloves outside will keep you from touching surfaces directly.
Basic Dental Care at home procedures entails that you consume foods that are not too hot or too cold especially if you are sensitive so that it does not aggravate the pain.
Do not touch your face without washing your hands
Research shows that we touch our faces at least 300 times daily on average, so it is possible we can not completely stop touching our faces. So we should try washing our hands as regularly as we can so that the germs and bacteria would clear off.
Use hand sanitizers
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, also clean your toothbrush properly after use so that it doesn’t get contaminated.
Eat healthy foods
Watching your diet is crucial in boosting your immune system. Ensure you are having a considerable intake of water, which will keep you hydrated. Eating a large variety of fruits and vegetables, and limiting the amount of sugar and processed fruits you consume will help you to stay healthy. A high intake of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and zinc are very effective immune responses against the respiratory virus.
Clean surfaces in your home
Clean surfaces regularly with disinfectants and antibacterial spray. Every item you touch regularly should also be cleaned and disinfected. Such as your phone, accessories, and the TV remote. Yes, that one too. All these should be cleaned to avoid infection.
Cooperation is important for all of us at this time, everyone needs to be conscious of all hygienic practices so that you can be safe and healthy. Bellevue’s dentist in Abuja is here for you if you have an emergency relating to your teeth like cavities, or oral and maxillofacial compound injuries. Contact us with respect to this then we can make adequate preparations from there.
There is no confirmed cure of the virus at this time so the best way is to use preventive measures. We all have a responsibility to safeguard ourselves and those around us do not take the risk, stay home and remain safe.