We understand that most appointments ended in a cancellation during 2020. But we don’t recommend canceling your regular dentist appointment, even during a pandemic. Most dentists are taking the necessary precautions to keep their staff and patients safe. Routine dentist appointments 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 should be followed every day. Brushing your teeth will not only help your morning breath, but it will also reduce the risk of cavities, plaque, and it maintains your overall oral hygiene.
- Floss and use fluoride mouth wash. Floss can help remove food that your toothbrush isn’t able to reach. Fluoride is a great way to protect and strengthen your teeth against any harmful agents.
- Change your toothbrush. If your toothbrush is sitting out for months on end, the bacteria will continue to grow and multiply and can eventually get you sick. This is why it’s important to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
- Avoid smoking. It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your health, including your oral health. Smoking doesn’t just give you bad breath and discolor your teeth, but can also cause gum disease, dental plaque, and weakened teeth.
- Be mindful of your diet. We’re not talking about dieting, but we want you to make more of a conscious decision when planning your meals. Try and reduce any sugary foods that are known to cause decay and rot your teeth. Eat more fruits and vegetables along 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 touching your face. When you touch your face you are possibly bringing whatever germs and bacteria that are on your hands and spreading it to your eyes, mouth, or nose. Remember to wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
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Greeley Dental Health is following all guidelines and procedures to keep their staff and patients safe from COVID-19. If you are looking to establish long term care and you’re located in or near the Greeley area, contact us today.