How to Combat COVID & Take Care of Your Smile
2020 has flown by, and with shutdowns, it’s made it that much harder to take care of all the important things you still need to do, including going to the dentist. Here are some questions you might be asking:
Should I still try to go to the dentist twice this year?
The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your family dentist twice each year for a cleaning and exam. Not only do these regular visits keep your gums & teeth healthy, but it allows us to catch potential problems earlier!
With new changes and COVID precautions in place, it’s been great seeing all your smiling faces again and doing what we love. We’ve gone out of our way to make sure our office is safe so that you can keep up with your biannual hygiene appointments.
What if I missed my 6-month appointment? Should I just wait until the next one?
If you missed or haven’t rescheduled your 6-month appointment, don’t wait! During these twice-annual appointments, we’re not just cleaning your teeth. With our comprehensive approach to dentistry, we’re considering so much more than that, like:
- Checking your bite
- Looking for visual evidence of tooth decay
- Checking for broken teeth
- Checking for damaged fillings
- Looking for changes in the gums covering teeth
- Evaluating any dental appliance you have
- Checking the contact between your teeth
We’ve had plenty of people reschedule their appointments, and each time, we recommend that the sooner, the better!
What should I be doing in the meantime?
Most importantly, we hope you’ve been brushing twice and flossing once each day! Especially now when you’re washing your hands for 20 seconds, it’s important to have the best hygiene in all areas. This includes brushing your teeth for 2 minutes!
If you’re brushing and flossing regularly, you’re already off to a great start! To further bolster your dental health, rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial rinse can help prevent gum problems and tooth decay. Sugar-free gum can also help, as it increases saliva production in your mouth, naturally washing away bacteria.
Drinking plenty of water, limiting sugary foods, and replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months are all ways that can help keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. Small steps like these can make a big difference, especially if your appointment needed to be postponed!