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Dentistry at NHS Tayside Faces Delay by COVID

NHS Tayside says that it is currently restricted by the number of people their dentists can treat per day because of COVID.

They say that they are currently prioritise appointments to ensure emergencies and vulnerable patients are treated promptly. 

The Clinical Lead for Dundee Dental Hospital Professor, Grant McIntyre, said: “Dental teams are working very hard to address the backlog of patients requiring routine care which has built up since the start of the pandemic.

“Unfortunately, patients are having to wait a little longer for any non-urgent care such as their regular scheduled check-ups. Unless you are in pain or have an urgent dental need, please wait for your dentist to contact you regarding routine exams or care in the normal way.

“The Dundee Dental Hospital & School is currently undergoing a significant refurbishment programme which once complete, will see the number of patients who can be treated each day start to return to closer to normal pre-pandemic activity levels.

“It is really important to look after your teeth as well as possible at all times, but especially now.  Restricting sugary foods to mealtimes and brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste will help to keep your mouth healthy.”

Anyone with a dental emergency is being asked to phone their dentist for advice and treatment if needed.

And anyone who is not registered can visit: https://www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk/OurServicesA-Z/Dental/PROD_294341/index.htm

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