To all our valued patients,

We didn’t think we would be contacting you this quickly, but we have just received information from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), comprised of all state and territory Chief Health Officers and chaired by the Australian Chief Medical Officer.

Below is an excerpt from the advice provided but the AHPPC which will be published shortly and provided to the National Cabinet:

Dental Services

“AHPPC recommends adopting the Managing Covid-19 Guidelines” published by the ADA and implementing a triage system for dental practice. AHPPC recommends that all dental practices implement Level 3 restrictions as outlined in ADA’s guidance. That is, dentists should only perform dental treatments that do not generate aerosols, or where treatment generating aerosols is limited. All routine examinations and treatments should be deferred .This means the use of our high speed drills and scalers."

The government has set an expectation that measures introduced across the board may become more restrictive and continue for an extended period.

We will be available for emergency treatment on a limited basis. Please phone us and leave a message there will be directions on our message bank so please be sure to leave your name and contact number and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

We hope you all stay safe during this period.

Dr Gwendolin Flanagan and team.

Gwendent

What about over-the-counter teeth whitening kits?

Pharmacy whitening kits are not customised to fit your teeth snugly. That means that whitening gel may leak onto your sensitive gum tissue and cause side effects. Many whitening toothpastes are abrasive and also cause sensitivity. 

The strength of the whitening product is much lower than what you can get in a professional kit, meaning that you must use the product for a longer period of time and are still unlikely to get the results you can find in a professional product. Additionally, your results are not being monitored by the dentist you know and trust. 

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.