Do you need a Dentist in Lockdown?

"Urgent dental care services have been developed across South Yorkshire in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The dental practices are not providing any routine care. Instead, they have been clustered into groups of 10 practices in the same geographical area. All patients should ring their own dental practice first (or NHS111 if they have no regular dentist) to have a phone triage. Most patients will be managed by advice, analgesia and antimicrobial prescription where appropriate. If they need face to face treatment, they will then be redirected on to the dedicated urgent dental care treatment site for their cluster area or a dedicated COVID-19 site. Where they are referred on to will depend on whether they are: COVID-19 positive/symptomatic/been in household isolation with someone with symptoms Asymptomatic but in a shielded/vulnerable group Asymptomatic and otherwise ‘fit and healthy’

The British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD) has released some high level oral health messages for families along with information on how to access NHS dentistry during the pandemic – this has been released on social media.

These are the links to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: