DENTISTS in Clydebank have moved closer to putting smiles back on Bankies’ faces after the easing of lockdown limits saw routine dental care and check-ups resume.

Routine appointments at dental surgeries across Scotland were suspended in March, with dentists only able to deal with the most serious emergency cases from June 22, and to give advice over the phone.

‘Aerosol generating treatments’, including those which involve the use of a high speed drill, are still not permitted because of the fine mists these procedures produce from patients.

Dr Jacqui Frederick, group clinical director at Clyde Munro Dental Practice on Kilbowie Road, said the practice was giving top priority to people whose appointments were cancelled during the lockdown.

She said: The practice has social distancing and hygiene procedures in place.

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“In the month since we were able to resume emergency treatments, we have refined all of those procedures. Now the entire team is comfortable in how to make the process as simple and easy as possible for patients, while keeping them safe.

“We understand we have many patients who are very keen to resume their care, but we’d ask them to please bear with us. Our first priority is to get in touch with all patients whose appointments were cancelled.

“We want to assure all of our patients that we will get to them for their routine check-ups as quickly and safely as possible and that they will be able to get treatment if they are being affected by anything more serious.”

A range of safety procedures is in place for those attending dental practices.