With COVID-19, dental offices have been closed for everything but emergency dental services. This means that appointments for less serious procedures have been canceled or postponed. But what should you do if your appointment was one of those? Dr. Rajeev Upadya of Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry, a dentist in East Hanover, NJ, offers some tips.
Get Your Appointment Rescheduled
Don’t use this as an excuse to skip your appointment. Just because something like dental bonding isn’t considered an immediate dental emergency doesn’t mean it’s not important. We may have already reached out to you to get something set up for the future. If not, call us or use our online scheduling tool so we can try to schedule something for the future.
Keep Up a Home Oral Healthcare Routine
During this time, it’s essential that you’re keeping up with your oral health at home. We know it can be difficult. Our entire lives have been upended and your normal routine is now completely different. Things that may seem small may fall by the wayside. However, if you want to keep your smile healthy, it’s necessary to brush and floss twice a day.
Try setting an alarm or reminder on your phone for mornings and evenings. This can guarantee that you get your two a day in. It also helps remind other people in your household as well. It also doesn’t hurt if you brush and floss more often. If it helps you to remember more, brush after every meal. This also ensures food particles get away from your smile quickly.
Watch What You’re Consuming
Your diet can impact your oral health more than you may realize. And this time can make it difficult to make sure you’re eating the healthiest. Grocery stores have had limited hours and are having trouble keeping products on the shelves. You may not be able to get all of the foods that you normally eat. But there are some simple things you can do with your diet to make sure your smile stays healthy.
First, avoid eating too much sugar. Sugar is one of the worst things you can eat for your teeth. Harmful oral bacteria use sugar as their main food source. They then emit an acidic byproduct that eats through the enamel on your teeth. This is what leads to problems with tooth decay and leads to the need for dental fillings or root canals. The more sugar you eat, the more this byproduct is released into your mouth.
Also, make sure water is the primary thing you’re drinking. It doesn’t contain hidden sugars or additives like other beverages can. If it’s tap water, there’s also a very good chance that it’s fortified with fluoride, which strengthens your dental enamel. Even if it isn’t, water is still the best for keeping your mouth hydrated. It helps rinse the sugars and food particles away from your smile.
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