We recommend going to the dentist, even in the midst of a pandemic. The dentist is essential for your overall health! Most offices have rules and regulations put in place to protect both their staff and patients. Routine dentists appointments may not seem super important but are necessary for removing plaque, preventing decay, and to receive a normal cleaning. You should be visiting your dentist unless you have been instructed otherwise by a health professional.
Best Oral Health Practices During a Pandemic
- Brush your teeth twice a day. This is something you should be practicing minus the pandemic. Brushing your teeth helps reduce the risk of cavities, removes food and plaque, treats halitosis, and maintain oral hygiene.
- Floss and use fluoride mouth wash. Floss helps remove food that your toothbrush is not able to reach. Fluoride is a great way to protect and strengthen your teeth against any harmful agents.
- Be mindful of your diet. Try and reduce any sugary foods that are known to cause decay and rot your teeth. Try eating more fruits and vegetables to your diet matched with water that has fluoride in it. Avoid constant snacking and try to eat items that are rich in calcium, including almonds and beans.
- Avoid smoking. It’s now common knowledge that smoking has negative effects on your overall health, and this is including your oral health. Smoking can cause gum disease, dental plaque, weakened teeth, and stained, decayed teeth.
- Change your toothbrush. Every 3 to 4 months you should be replacing your toothbrush. Replacing your toothbrush will help eliminate the number of bacteria that lives on your toothbrush.
- Don’t touch your face or mouth. When you touch your face, nose, mouth, or eyes you could be transporting any bacteria that was on your hands to those areas. Regularly wash your hands and be conscious of resting your hand on your face.
Call Your Dentist Today
Stetson Hills Dental is following all COVID-19 guidelines and procedures to keep their staff and patients safe. Going to the dentist is important and will benefit your overall health. We are currently accepting new patients, so contact us today!