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7 Tips for Good Oral Health While Social Distancing

April 2, 2020

With most of us being asked to stay at home due to COVID-19, and all of us practicing social distancing, going to the dentist for anything other than emergency care is not possible right now. And with the announcement from the President extending the national social distancing guidelines until April 30, it is unlikely we will be able to open our office to routine care prior to that date.

We do remain open to care for you if you experience a dental emergency. Please call us if you need help.

While we are all being asked to stay home as much as possible, preventative home care and good oral hygiene is now more important than ever. The good news is you and your family can do things right now to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Here are 7 tips for good oral health while social distancing:
1. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. With one out of every two adults having some form of gum disease, it is important to see your dentist and dental hygienist for upcoming appointments when we return to full operations.
2. Clean between your teeth daily. Flossing or use of a small brush designed to clean between your teeth is the best way to remove plaque where your toothbrush just can’t reach.
3. Eat a healthy diet and exercise. There are many things that can affect your risk for gum disease including age, genetics, poor nutrition, and stress. Taking time for meal planning, limiting sugary beverages and snacks, and setting aside time for health and wellness is extremely important. This will help you manage stress during these times and are great for your total body wellness.

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4. Eat detergent foods. There are some foods called “detergent foods” that can actually help to clean your teeth as you chew! Some of these include carrots, apples, celery sticks, cucumbers, and cheese.
5. Families with small children. When you have children at home, good nutrition is essential. It’s important to remember that small children should not be put to bed with anything in their bottle other than plain water.
6. Keep hydrated and drink lots of water. When your mouth is dry, plaque accumulates and the harmful bacteria can create risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
7. Change your toothbrush. It is recommended that you change your toothbrush at least every three months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. If you or a family member has been sick, it’s also a good idea to replace your toothbrush, including the toothbrushes of others in your family. If you are unable to replace your toothbrush, disinfecting it will help. Swirl your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash for 30 seconds, or soak the bristles in vinegar overnight, or boil it for 2 – 3 minutes.

Oral hygiene is important to overall good health. Stay well and share a smile with someone each day. We look forward to caring for you in person soon.