Just a few months ago, we had never heard of Covid-19. A few weeks ago, it might have been just a news story affecting distant parts of the world. Now, though, this dangerous virus has hit close to home, and everyone must take proper precautions to hinder its spread. That is why many dental practices are wisely complying with the American Dental Association’s recommendation to only provide emergency care at this time. But what if you have a pending treatment that has been delayed due to Covid-19? Until you can receive professional attention, it is vital that you keep up with your dental hygiene through the quarantine.
Examine Your Brushing Habits
Proper brushing can do much to prevent new decay and stop minor decay from becoming worse. You should:
- Brush for at least two minutes twice a day
- Be gentle — overly vigorous brushing can irritate your gums and wear down your enamel
- Use a fluoride-containing toothpaste to fortify your teeth
- Remember to brush the backs of your teeth and the area along the gum line
Floss Every Night
Dental floss removes food particles and plaque from the small spaces between your teeth. It is especially important that you floss at night because if you do not, those harmful particles will sit on your teeth for hours on end and have the opportunity to cause or worsen decay.
Here are a few tips on proper flossing technique:
- Never “snap” the floss between your teeth
- Use a long string of floss, and switch to a clean part of the string as you move from tooth to tooth
- Be sure to clean the sides of both teeth that surround a space, rather than simply inserting the floss into the space and quickly pulling it out
Use a Mouthwash
Swishing with a mouthwash for 30 – 60 seconds either before or after you brush your teeth may combat harmful bacteria and help to clean all the little nooks and crannies in your mouth. Keep in mind, however, that not all mouthwashes deliver equal benefits. Some are meant just to freshen breath or whiten teeth, while others are designed to benefit your oral health. If cavities are a major concern for you, you may want to opt for a fluoride-containing mouthwash. However, if your gums are bleeding, it might be best to choose a product that is designed to fight the bacteria that causes gum disease.
Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment Now
Once Covid-19 is no longer a major concern, dental practices will get back into their normal routines — and it is likely that they will be much busier than usual. Scheduling your next appointment now can guarantee that you will get the care you need in a timely manner. Your dentist is looking forward to seeing you as soon as possible!
About Our Practice
Our team includes two general dentists, and oral surgeon, and an anesthesiologist. While we all miss our patients, we are determined to put their health, as well as the health of our staff members, in first place. We plan to resume normal operations after April 6. To schedule your next appointment, or to learn more about how we are caring for both the oral and overall well-being of our patients, contact us at 603-643-4142.