This year we all have been putting off appointments that we would be regularly attending. Dentist appointments are important to attend at this time, even during a global pandemic. Most offices have regulations and guidelines set in place to protect their staff and patients. Routine dentist appointments are necessary for removing plaque, preventing any future decay, and to receive your normal cleaning. We recommend going into the office for your normal dental cleaning unless you have been instructed otherwise by a health professional.
We understand that not everyone can make it out of their house right now, so we have compiled some tips to help you maintain your smile.
Best Practices For Your Oral Health During a Pandemic
- Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day. You should be doing this pandemic or not. But brushing your teeth helps reduce the risk of cavities, removes food and plaque, treats halitosis, and maintains oral hygiene.
- Floss and Use Flouride Mouth Wash. Flossing helps remove any food that your toothbrush may night be able to reach. Fluoride is a great way to protect and strengthen your teeth against any harmful agents.
- Be Conscious of Your Diet. Try cutting out sugary foods that may rot your teeth. Try eating fresh fruits and vegetables and drink water with fluoride in it. Avoid constant snacking and try to eat food items that are rich in calcium, including almonds and beans.
- Avoid Smoking. Smoking can have some negative effects on your health, including oral health. This includes gum disease, dental plaque, weakened teeth, and stained, decayed teeth.
- Replace Your Toothbrush. Remember to replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. This helps eliminate the number of bacteria that build up on your toothbrush.
- Don’t Touch Your Face or Mouth. In addition to washing your hands regularly, try not to touch your face, nose, mouth, or eyes. This is enforced because any bacteria that you have on your hands would then be in your face, nose, mouth, or eyes.
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Flatirons Family Dental & Orthodontics is currently open and running at limited capacity to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We are also accepting new patients, so if you are looking to establish long term care, contact us today.