With COVID-19, many offices have been following the ADA’s recommendation to close to everything but emergency services. This means that other appointments may have been canceled or postponed. What should you do if yours was one of them? Dr. Datta of Ridgetop Dental, a dentist in Sterling, VA, provides some answers.
Make Sure Your Appointment Gets Rescheduled
Just because it’s not technically an emergency doesn’t mean it’s not important. Laser dentistry is necessary for gum contouring and other treatment for gum disease. This is still crucial for your oral health. Our office may have already reached out to you about rescheduling. If not, please call us or use our online scheduling tool to get something set up.
Keep Up With a Home Oral Healthcare Routine
Your at-home oral healthcare routine is an important aspect of keeping your mouth healthy. We know it can be difficult during these uncertain times. Our routines have been upended You may still be adjusting to working from home or keeping children occupied. Things that seem smaller, like making sure you brush twice a day, can fall by the wayside.
However, if you want to avoid problems with tooth decay and gum disease, you should make sure to keep it up. Set an alarm on your phone for mornings and evenings. This can help remind others in your household as well to at least get two a day in. If it helps you to remember, brush and floss after every meal. Doing it more than twice a day certainly won’t hurt anything.
Watch What You’re Consuming
Your diet can also have an impact on your oral health. We know it’s hard to have a perfectly healthy diet right now. Grocery stores have had limited hours and are having trouble keeping shelves stocked. Many of us are also hitting comfort food more, which isn’t usually the healthiest. But there are some simple things you can do with your diet to benefit your oral health.
First, avoid consuming a lot of sugar. Sugar is one of the worst things for your teeth. Harmful oral bacteria use it as their main food source and then emit an acidic byproduct. This byproduct eats through the enamel on your teeth, which causes dental cavities and other tooth decay issues. The more sugar you’re consuming, the more this byproduct is being released in your mouth.
Also, make water your primary drink. It doesn’t contain any hidden sugars or additives that may harm your teeth. If it’s tap water, it’s most likely been fortified with fluoride to help strengthen your tooth enamel. Even if it isn’t, it’s still the best drink for your oral health. It keeps your mouth hydrated, helping to rinse sugars and food particles away from your smile.
Your Dentist in Sterling, Virginia
We’re here when pandemic restrictions loosen to make sure your smile is still gleaming. Call us or schedule an appointment online for the future!