What an incredible start to the year.  Stating the obvious, we have come together as a community to rally around bush-fire and drought affected communities, now we are socially distancing.  A difficult start to the year indeed.  We hope you are all well and taking good care of yourselves.

In these stressful times, we can either be really on top of self-care, or really let ourselves go.  In the interest of good health long into the future, we hope it is the former.  Dr Michelle Stone and our hygienist Kylie recently undertook some training which rightfully spoke about self-care.  What perfect timing.  Self-care looks different to each and every one of us, however some basics are worth remembering, particularly as more of us enter “lock-down”.

  • Get up at your regular time
  • Start the day with some exercise-gentle or vigorous as per your feeling for the day.
  • Eat good, healthy, whole-foods.  We are blessed with the fresh food in Australia.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Take care of yourself – brush and floss your teeth : this reduces the bacteria within the mouth and entering the body.  Good hygiene is important.
  • Take time out to meditate, sit quietly or connect with yourself whether its 5 of 15 minutes.
  • Limit the time on the internet/social media/news.
  • Listen to some music-maybe dance around like crazy.
  • Sunshine and fresh air are all around us, they never fail to improve health.

If you have noticed some tension in your jaw, face or neck, it may mean you are clenching or grinding your teeth during this stressful time.  Teeth are supported by ligaments and the teeth/ligaments can only take so much trauma before they object.  This may appear as a tender tooth when chewing, chipping small pieces of tooth or a really intense toothache.

Try to massage your jaw/neck/face gently, give the jaw a little rest with soft foods and maybe use a heat/cold pack to provide some relief.  If the problem persists more than a day or two, please call the practice 8212 3880 and we will assess further.

To date, we are here, we are serving our community.  This may change and we will keep you informed as much as possible.  For the latest in information, please follow our Facebook page and our website.  For any inquiries or to discuss any issues, please call 8212 3880.

Stay well, take care of each other,

The Adelaide City Dental Care Team


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