In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Dental Association has recommended that dental practices across the nation postpone all non-emergency appointments temporarily. Until it’s safe for your dentist to reopen their office, it’s’ up to you to keep your oral health on track. While your dentist will likely still be available to provide emergency dental care should you need it, we should all be doing everything we can to keep our smiles happy, healthy, and intact. Here are seven practical tips from your Sarasota dentist to keep your mouth healthy throughout quarantine as well as long after.
1.) Practice Excellent At-Home Oral Hygiene
To keep nearly every oral health condition at bay, practice a regular, thorough dental routine that includes:
- Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day.
- Flossing between all your teeth every day.
- Regularly using mouthwash and a tongue scraper.
2.) Avoid the Store & Conserve Toothpaste
To avoid running out of toothpaste during quarantine, regulate how much your family uses. Anyone over the age of six years old only needs a drop about the size of a pea.
3.) Naturally Treat Oral Infections & Toothaches
You can manage small oral infections and mild to moderate toothaches at home until your dentist reopens by:
- Applying a few drops of clove oil on a cotton ball directly on a painful tooth.
- Rinsing your mouth with salt water to soothe inflammation and treat oral infections.
4.) Mind Your Munching Habits
You may be more prone to stress eating or mindless snacking while you’re stuck at home. Limit your eating to mealtimes and drink plenty of water to lower your risk of tooth decay.
5.) Choose Smile-Friendly Foods
You can improve your oral health with a few changes to your daily diet. Try eating more:
- Dairy products and lean proteins to strengthen your teeth and jawbone.
- Sources of vitamin C to boost your immune system and keep your gums healthy.
6.) Break Bad Chewing Habits
Do you chew on pen caps, ice, or your fingernails when you’re anxious or bored? To protect your teeth from chips and cracks, try chewing a piece of sugarless gum instead.
7.) Learn to Manage Your Stress
There are a number of ways stress can damage your smile. A few stress management tips from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention include:
- Taking care of yourself physically with proper nutrition, regular exercise, and adequate sleep.
- Limiting how much you read, see, or listen to about the pandemic, including content on social media and the news.
- Staying connected with loved ones and sharing your feelings with friends, family, or professionals for support.
Now more than ever, it’s important that we take care of our oral health at home. These seven tips can help you look forward to leaving quarantine with a happy, healthy smile!
About the Author
To keep our patients, staff, and the community of Sarasota, FL safe and healthy, we are postponing all non-emergency appointments. Dr. Ben Trindal is dedicated to doing his part to flatten the COVID-19 curve and conserve medical supplies like masks, which is why he has made the difficult decision to temporarily close his practice. However, he is committed to helping you keep your smile happy and healthy even in these unusual times, so please don’t hesitate to contact him via his website or at (941) 225-2520 if you have any questions or a dental emergency.