How to keep up with your dental hygiene while practicing Social Distancing?
Covid-19 has impacted the entire world in many ways. This situation which we are currently going through will change the way we interact with one another for years to come. While we are trying to battle through this time, it is very important for us to ensure our Dental Hygiene is a top priority every day. As you are aware, our clinic located in Markham is currently closed. If you have an emergency, please reach out through the contact form on our website. Our team of sophisticated Dentists are available for you through email or call should you require any emergency Dental requests.
What Is Social Distancing?
Social Distancing requires individuals to allow physical separationfrom one another, particularly avoiding hanging out in large groups of 5+ people. Avoiding group events and socializing spaces is recommended so you can lower your chance of attracting Covid-19 to you & your family. Social Distancing is the best way to fight this pandemic as our Health Care systems cannot support a large amount of affected people and we do not have the resources to battle this spread globally.
How Can I Practice Social Distancing?
The best ways to practice social distancing is as follows:
- Maintaining at least a 2-metre distance between yourself and other people.
- Avoiding participation in large gatherings
- Avoiding public places with large volumes of people as much as possible
- Using delivery services so you and your family can stay indoors whether it is for food, groceries, etc.
- Avoid buying food from Restaurants or limiting yourself to take out
Ontario has made attempts to get ahead of this virus by making mandatory closure of all Restaurants dine in options and halting public gathering of 50 people or more. The goal is to be mindful and diligent. The more we practice Social Distancing in the short run, the better it will be for us in the long run.
Can I Send My Child on a Sleepover?
At this time, it is essential we stay put in our own houses as much as possible. Since the spread of this virus hasn’t reached its peak, we should do everything in our power to limit the number of new cases that can potentially develop. By keeping your child indoors at their own house, you limit the possibility of this virus spreading. Instead of letting your child sleepover at their friend’s house, take this time to do enjoyable activities indoors with your kids. Also, make sure you and your family keep flossing so when it comes time to see the dentist, your oral health stays as best it can!
Can My Family Go for a Walk?
It is important for you and your family to stay sane amid this pandemic so do take time to go on a walk, but make sure you are keeping at least 2 metres of space away from others. Make sure to try to walk in open spaces and avoid crowded areas at all costs!
Canada’s national parks and historic sites will be closed beginning on March 18, 2020, so people can practice social distancing during the Covid-19.
Can I Have Friends Over for Game Night?
It is not wise for people to gather together in large groups. The larger the group, the higher the chance of this virus being exposed to more people. With social distancing in full effect, it is important for you to only gather in groups of 4 or less. With such advancements in technology, you can take time now to virtually connect with people for socializing, gaming or discussing business! Take this time to connect with yourself, your family and your loved ones around the world!
Can We Visit Elderly Family Members?
Since the elderly are more at risk of Covid-19, you have to be mindful and try to take any precautions which you can if you choose to visit. This includes wearing a face mask and/or glove.If you have elderly family members in an assisted living building, you will find that visitors are strictly limited or prohibited entirely.
You should wash your hands thoroughly before visiting anyone. Avoid hugging, kissing, and shaking hands with all elderly friends& family, but do make the effort to stay in contact with them through your phone or the internet.
What Should We Do If We Have Symptoms of the Coronavirus?
Symptoms of the Corona Virus include:
- Difficulty breathing
Should you experience any of these signs, self-isolate immediately so you are preventing this disease from infecting other people. Call your local Doctor or the health authority to report your symptoms and get advice! As the government works diligently to create peace amid this chaotic situation, they are providing daily updates for the general public to become aware of!
This is a crucial time where you need to take all the precautions which you can. Don’t just think about yourself, think about the people around you who may have weaker immune systems and can’t take any chances in this situation. Keep your distance when walking outside and make sure to stay up to date with all the latest news!
We miss our patients dearly and we can’t wait for you to come back to our Clinic in Markham when it is safe to do so! We will be waiting to give you the best service as always! Yours truly!
Dr. Nasser – Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentist