Five Ways Your Family can Maintain your Dental Health during COVID-19
While we are proud to be following the ADA’s guidelines to close our doors for the time being, we greatly miss serving you and your families, especially when we know many of you are having to reschedule your bi-yearly cleanings. Here are some ways we recommend maintaining your oral health during this time of social distancing.Dr. Kyle Carney
Brush Twice, Floss Once
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. Gum disease and tooth decay are still problems; and according to the ADHA, 3 out of 4 teenagers have gums that bleed!
For older members of the family, they might have arthritis that makes it difficult to hold a toothbrush or floss. Electric toothbrushes and flossers are great alternatives. Here’s a bonus reminder: toothbrushes need to be replaced once every 3 to 4 months, but it’s also good to replace your toothbrush after you recover from an illness to prevent re-infection. Make sure to make cleanliness a priority in your household!
Fluoride is the ingredient in toothpaste that makes your enamel stronger. It’s been one of the biggest advancements in dental hygiene history, and much of our water in the US is fluoridated, boosting the strength of your teeth even more.
However, for younger kids, fluoride should be used in small increments. Specifically, parents should be putting no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your young child’s toothbrush! Too much fluoride can cause discoloration, which appears as white spots on teeth.
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.
Abstain from Smoking
If you smoke or use chewing tobacco, it may be a good time to think about quitting. Tobacco leaves stains on your teeth and increases your chances of gum disease and oral cancer. Parents, talk to your kids about these consequences of tobacco, too.
Of course, the best thing you can do for your oral health is keep up a balanced diet. Freezing fruits and vegetables, keeping grains and nuts on hand when you can, as well as shelf-stable proteins, all provide the nutrients you need to keep your whole body healthy! Of course, this doesn’t mean clearing out the canned food aisle in your grocery store. Instead of canned goods or snacks, think about picking up healthier items like whole fruit for you and your family.
We are hoping you all stay safe and well during these unprecedented times. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us at: (706) 291-0555.