Due to COVID-19, many dental practices were closed to everything but emergency services. Now, things are slowly opening back up and many office are ready to offer regular services again. But what if you had an appointment that was scheduled during the time we were closed? Dr. Daryle Mahnke, a dentist in Bay City, MI, offers some advice.
Get Your Appointment Rescheduled
Just because your appointment wasn’t a dental emergency doesn’t mean it’s not important. Preventative care is extremely important for your oral health. Don’t use this as an excuse to just skip an appointment. We may have already reached out to you to get your appointment rescheduled. If not, please call us or use our online scheduling tool.
Keep Up a Home Oral Healthcare Routine
Particularly if you’re overdue for your regular dental exam and cleaning, it’s crucial that you’re keeping up with your oral health at home. With routines that have changed and are dependent on COVID-19 restrictions, we know it can be hard to remember all of the little things. However, making sure you brush and floss twice a day is crucial for avoiding problems with tooth decay and gum disease.
Try setting an alarm or reminder on your phone for mornings and evenings. This can also help remind other people in your household and that’ll make sure you get at least two a day in. It doesn’t hurt if you’re brushing more often, either. If it helps you to remember, brush and floss after every meal. This also helps get food particles away from your smile quicker.
Watch What You’re Consuming
Your diet may play more of a part in your oral health than you realize. It’s especially hard now to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet. Grocery stores have had limited hours and they’re still having trouble making sure products are fully stocked. Many of us have also been turning to comfort food, too, which usually isn’t as healthy. But there are some easy things you can do to help with your oral health.
First, avoid consuming too much sugar. Sugar is one of the biggest enemies of your oral health. It’s the main food source for harmful oral bacteria that then emit an acidic byproduct. This byproduct eats through the enamel on your teeth, causing dental cavities and other problems. The more sugar you’re consuming, the more this byproduct is being released in your mouth.
Also, make water your drink of choice. It doesn’t contain hidden sugars or additives like other beverages might. If you’re drinking tap water, there’s also a solid chance that it’s fortified with fluoride to help strengthen your tooth enamel. Even if it isn’t, it’s still the best drink to keep your mouth hydrated. It helps to rinse sugars and food particles away from your smile.
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