The British International Dental Centre is eager to protect the health of all of their patients, their patients families and their staff. They have been adapting and updating hygiene protocols for their entire team since early February 2020, and the Ministry of Public Health is providing them with guidelines for screening staff and patients prior to treatment.
As of 12 April, 83% of the staff at British Dental have been fully vaccinated and the other 17% have all had one dose of the vaccine. To celebrate the staff treated themselves to a ‘we’ve been vaccinated’ cake:
Please be reassured the staff at British International Dental Centre are trained with the latest hygiene protocols regularly updated by the World Health Organisation and Ministry of Public Health. If you have any questions about the protocols at the British International Dental Centre you can watch the video below, or if you have any dental questions don’t hesitate to contact Dr Sarah via her website.
The Ministry of Public Health for Qatar has advised the following: Dentists should provide emergency and critical dental care only. All dental non-emergency procedures will be postponed. The British International Dental Centre highly recommends that in a case of a non-emergency everyone stays home and keeps safe.
Dentists will use their professional judgment in determining your need for urgent or emergency care. Urgent dental care focuses on the management of conditions that require immediate attention to relieve severe pain and/or risk of infection. Reviews will be conducted over the phone.
Appointments for those who are in the vulnerable groups, such as older adults, chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis, diabetes or a weakened immune system should be cancelled until further notice. Unless they are in pain.
Here are some of the health and safety protocols that the British International Dental Centre have in place to protect both their staff and their patients:
- Any staff member with a temperature of 37.3 degrees Celsius or higher will be sent home. Staff members take their temperature as soon as they arrive in the clinic and keep a daily log.
- Staff screen the temperature of patients on arrival before entry to the clinic. Patients are then guided to the bathrooms where they will wash their hands for the advised 20 seconds.
- Patients are encourage to attend dental appointments alone and children should bring only one adult with them for their appointments. This is to limit the movement of people as per national guidelines to help stop the transmission of COVID-19.
- The British International Dental Centre continue to use strict hygiene protocol to keep the environment clean. Staff wipe down door handles and PIN machines for everyone’s safety.
- They also encourage patients to bring, and take away, their own pen to fill in any forms.
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Taking Care Of Your Teeth With COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted how crucial good personal hygiene is; frequent hand washing has helped to reduce the spread of the virus.
There are studies to show an association of periodontitis with COVID‐19 complications. One particular study in Qatar showed that COVID-19 patients with gum disease are:
- 5 times more likely to need a ventilator
- 5 times more likely to be sent to ICU
- 9 times more likely to die
Recent studies show that the virus can be found in saliva. The average time after testing positive for COVID-19 was 30 days but those who did not brush their teeth it remained for 53 days.
What does that mean for you? It ends up on your toothbrush and all over your bathroom! Luckily, with a little extra care, there are steps we can take to prevent this.
Top Tips for safe oral hygiene:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after tooth brushing and flossing. Never touch your mouth or toothbrush before washing your hands thoroughly.
- Never share your toothbrushes with others
- Avoid sharing the same tube of toothpaste with others or dispense the tooth paste on a clean paper towel and not directly onto the toothbrush
- Brush alone and wipe the taps and sink with soap and water or disinfectant wipes after use. Bacteria from your mouth can enter the air as you brush, so avoid anybody brushing at the same time as you.
- Clean and rinse the toothbrush in warm water after use and wipe the handle with a disinfectant wipe. You can disinfect the brush with betadine throat spray. You can use 70% alcohol solution but remember to rinse it well afterwards.
- If sharing a bathroom ventilate the room for at least 30 minutes after brushing before anyone else uses it.
- Change the toothbrush and toothpaste once you have recovered from Covid19.
- Store toothbrushes apart- they need to socially distance too!! Do not place your toothbrush in drawer/cabinet. Dark and damp places are bacteria’s playground. Ideally, place alone in an individual holder.
- Brush the teeth at least 2 times a day and include brushing the tongue too.
- Clean in between the teeth once a day with floss or interdental brushes
- Consider using a mouthwash in addition to tooth brushing and flossing
- Clean dentures and orthodontic appliances daily. Spray with Betadine or mouthrinse and leave for 1 minute before rinsing. This could discolour the appliance. Alternatively soak in a mouth rinse such as Listerine.
While government regulations have stopped routine dentistry in Qatar, The British International Dental Centre (4411 7744 / 4460 6058 / 5581 9591) is open for emergency appointments and urgent dental care. They also offer telephone advice.