We all put off appointments in 2020. But it’s important to not neglect your dentist appointments, even during a global pandemic. Most offices have regulations, procedures, and guidelines set in place to protect their staff and patients. Routine dentist appointments are necessary for removing plaque, preventing any decay, and receiving your normal cleaning. We recommend going to your dentist for your normal dental cleaning unless you have been instructed otherwise by a health professional. In case you aren’t able to go, we made an easy-to-follow list of dental tips.
Best Practices For Your Oral Health During a Pandemic
- Brush your teeth twice a day. You should be practicing this pandemic or not, but especially now if you’re not getting routine cleanings. Brushing helps reduce the risk of cavities, removes food and plaque, treats halitosis, and maintains oral hygiene.
- Floss and use fluoride mouth wash. Flossing helps remove food that your toothbrush cannot reach. Fluoride is a great way to protect and strengthen your teeth against any harmful agents.
- Avoid smoking. We know that smoking has negative effects on your overall health, and this includes your oral health. This includes gum disease, dental plaque, weakened teeth, and stained, decayed teeth.
- Remember to change your toothbrush. Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months for best practice. This helps eliminate the number of bacteria that build up on your toothbrush.
- Be conscious of what you’re eating. Try to cut out sugary foods that are known to cause decay and rot your teeth. Try adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet along with fluoride infused water. Avoid constant snacking and try eating items that are rich in calcium, including almonds and beans.
- Avoid touching your face or mouth. Practice not touching your face, nose, mouth, or eyes in addition to regularly washing your hands. We enforce this because any bacteria that is on your hands can be transported to your nose, mouth, or eyes.
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Sage Dental Care is currently accepting new patients as well as following COVID-19 guidelines to keep patients and staff safe. If you are looking to establish long term care, please contact us today.