April 16, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused countless locally-owned businesses to shut their doors, including your dental office. This is in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus and make sure that patients and staff remain safe. If you’re diligent about getting your checkup and cleaning every six months, the thought of not being able to visit your dentist can make you worry. However, all you can do is keep up with your oral hygiene at home until their office reopens. Read on for four tips to avoid oral health problems while you’re self-isolating.
Stick To A Regular Oral Hygiene Routine
While you’re self-isolating, it can be difficult to stick to a daily plan, especially seeing as each day during the COVID-19 pandemic comes with new hurdles. The one part of your day that you shouldn’t put on the back burner or change up is when you decide to brush, floss, and rinse your mouth. The best times to do this are 30 minutes before you eat breakfast and 30 minutes after dinner. This will help you avoid any risk of enamel erosion due to consuming acidic foods or drinks. With a regular dental hygiene routine, you will be able to keep your mouth cavity-free until next time you’re able to visit your dentist.
Avoid Snacking on Processed Foods
It can be tempting to frequently snack while you’re self-isolating. While snacking in itself isn’t detrimental for your oral health, frequently consuming foods that are high in sugars and carbohydrates can turn your mouth into a bacterial breeding ground. As oral bacteria consume these substances, they’ll begin to emit waste in the form of enamel-eroding acid and toxins that are known to cause cavities and gum disease to develop. Instead of choosing processed snacks, try substituting healthier alternatives such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
Don’t Forget to Floss
While flossing doesn’t seem like it’s incredibly important, the American Dental Association recommends doing it at least once a day in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy. When you floss your teeth, you clean up to 30 percent of the surface of each tooth that would otherwise not be cleaned if you just brushed. This can drastically reduce your risk of developing sensitivity or decay while you’re self-isolating.
Schedule Your Checkup & Cleaning For When Your Dentist Reopens
Once your dentist office reopens, they’ll likely be booked for months out due to patients trying to squeeze in their checkup and cleaning. That’s why it’s a good idea to contact your dentist and schedule your appointment ahead of time to beat the crowd. When you do, you’ll be able to get a clean bill of health and rest easy knowing that any lingering cavities have been filled and your mouth is as healthy as possible.
About the Author
Dr. Bhavita Patel is a passionate dentist who looks forward to helping her patients improve their oral health. She focuses on providing patients with high-quality preventive dental care that helps them ward off any symptoms or signs of developing oral issues. Plus, as an active member of several professional organizations, she stays up-to-date with the latest advancements and techniques in her field. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit Dental Renaissance’s website or call 972-423-0880.
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