What can you do to avoid a dental emergency?

Dr Alistair Graham
Dr Alistair Graham

Find out how you can maintain optimum oral health.


Looking after your dental and general health has never been as important as now. The mouth is an important part of the body, and what happens in the mouth has an influence on your overall health.

Here are some tips to help you take care of your oral health during the COVID-19 pandemic when dental treatments are restricted to emergency appointments.

  1. Take extra time to brush your teeth, no need to brush hard but be thorough paying careful attention to your gum lines to reduce the amount of bacteria build up that can cause gum inflammation.
  2. Floss is key! Flossing also helps reduce gum inflammation. You should floss at least once a day.
  3. Eating well, drinking tap water and brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste are important steps to maintaining healthy teeth.
  4. Limit the amount of sugar you have as it contributes to inflammation. Sugar and constant snacking changes the chemistry of the mouth and create potential for decay to start, and teeth to become sensitive.
  5. Limit your intake of acidic drinks as they have potential to dissolve tooth enamel and create tooth sensitivity. This includes wine, soft drinks, citrus fruits and lemon juice in water. The impact can occur quickly over just a few weeks.
  6. Avoid hard and super sticky foods that could crack a tooth or pull a filling out, such as peanut brittle, popcorn and toffee.
  7. Make sure you get regular exercise and try to find time to relax to reduce stress which can contribute to clenching teeth, with resultant muscle pain, and the risk of broken teeth. Make an effort to switch off from COVID-19 news as this can lead to being stressed.

We are here for you! We are offering emergency appointments and virtual consultations.

If you are experiencing any discomfort or have a questions about their oral health please call us on 02 9997 1100 or visit our website www.monavaledental.com.au.

Stay safe and well over this time.

Health insurance and payment plans

A portion of the costs may be covered by private health insurance, for patients with a comprehensive extras policy. At Mona Vale Dental, we offer health fund rebates and accept HICAPS, which means you only pay for the gap.

We also offer interest-free, extended and flexible payment plans so that people may get the procedure straight away (but pay gradually for the treatment).

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