As we welcome 2021, it is a great time to focus on your health. This includes going to the dentist! Dentist appointments are important to attend at this time, even during a global pandemic. Most offices have regulations and guidelines set in place to protect their staff and patients. Routine dentist appointments are necessary for removing plaque, preventing any future decay, and receiving your normal cleaning. We recommend going into the office for your normal dental cleaning unless you have been instructed otherwise by a health professional.
We decided to make a list of dental tips to follow in case you can’t make it to the dentist.
Best Practices For Your Oral Health During a Pandemic
- Brush your teeth twice a day. You should be doing this task whether you are in a pandemic or not. 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 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 to cut out sugary foods that are known to rot your teeth. Try adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet along with water that has fluoride in it. Avoid constant snacking and try to eat food items that are rich in calcium, including almonds and beans.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking has negative effects on your overall health, including oral health. This includes gum disease, dental plaque, weakened teeth, and stained, decayed teeth.
- Change your toothbrush. Replacing your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 to 4 months is important. This helps eliminate the amount of bacteria that builds up on your toothbrush.
- Avoid touching your face or mouth. In addition to washing your hands regularly, try not to touch your face, nose, mouth, or eyes. Any bacteria that you have on your hands would then be in your face, nose, mouth, or eyes.
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Hampden Dental Group is here to help with your oral health. We are currently accepting new patients and following COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of our staff and patients. Contact us today!