Are You Caring for Your Teeth at Home?
We miss seeing your beautiful smiles in our office as we comply with the CDC’s recommendations to limit our hours by treating patients with dental emergencies only. Dr. E and her team appreciate your efforts to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying home as much possible right now.
But, are you taking good care of your teeth at home? Even if you’ve missed your regular check-up and cleaning, you can do your part to preserve your dental health from the safety and comfort of home.
This is what the Dr. E Cosmetic & Family Dentistry team wants you to know about taking care of your teeth at home so that we can best serve you when it’s safe to return for your next dental exam:
Eat Well! Don’t use quarantine as an excuse to make poor nutrition choices. Continue to limit your intake of sugary beverages and snacks that can wreak havoc on your dental health. Avoid acidic foods that can hurt tooth enamel and it is best to steer away from hard, chewy candies and foods that may damage or chip teeth. Instead, opt for a nutritious, balanced diet and drink plenty of water daily.
Keep Brushing and Flossing. We understand that many hygiene habits have taken a hit during quarantine, but we urge you not to let your tooth brushing ritual be one of them! It should be right up there with hand washing. Most local stores continue to stock their supplies of toothpastes and floss. So, set a timer and be sure to brush your teeth for three minutes, at least twice daily. And use floss at least once or twice daily. Keeping up with your at-home oral hygiene routine will prevent the build up of harmful plaque while effectively fighting cavities and gum disease. Besides, nobody wants to be around bad breath during quarantine!
Stay Positive. While the day-to-day uncertainty and monotony is challenging for all of us, remember that we are all doing the right thing when we each do our part to quarantine safely at home. Maintaining healthy oral hygiene habits and overall wellness routines during this difficult time will boost our overall mental and physical health as we navigate this unprecedented journey together.
Remember, we’re still here for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment if you have a dental emergency! BUT, we urge you to maintain your dental routine at home so that you can best preserve your beautiful smile until it’s safe to return to our office again… hopefully sooner rather than later.
Please stay safe, everyone!
The Dr. E Cosmetic & Family Dentistry Team