Due to COVID-19, many dental offices were following the ADA’s recommendation to close except for dental emergencies. This means that other dental appointments and procedures were canceled or postponed. What should you do if you had one of those appointments? Drs. Randall and Melissa Stewart of Stewart Dental Group, dentists in Charlotte, NC, have some answers.
Get Your Appointment Rescheduled
Just because you don’t have an immediate dental emergency doesn’t mean that your appointment isn’t important. For example, family dentistry is important for the specialized oral healthcare of everyone from the children to the elderly in your family. We may have already reached out to you to reschedule. If not, call us or use our online scheduling tool to get something set up.
Keep Up With a Home Oral Healthcare Routine
Especially if you’re missing a dental appointment, it’s important that you’re keeping up with oral healthcare at home. We know that it’s difficult to keep up with everything when your entire daily schedule has been upended. You’ve been getting used to working from home or keeping children entertained all day. You may not be remembering to brush and floss at least twice a day.
However, it’s important you’re doing this if you want to prevent problems with tooth decay or gum disease. Set an alarm or reminder on your phone for mornings and evenings to make sure you get at least two a day in. This can help remind the rest of your household as well. It definitely doesn’t hurt to brush more often, either. If it helps you to remember, you can brush and floss after every meal.
Watch What You’re Consuming
Your diet plays an important role in your oral health. We know right now may not be the easiest for eating a healthy and balanced diet. Grocery stores may still have limited hours and are having trouble keeping the shelves fully stocked. However, there are some small things you can do with your diet to benefit your oral health.
First, avoid consuming too much sugar. Sugar is one of the worst things for your teeth. It’s the main source of food for harmful oral bacteria that emit an acidic byproduct. This byproduct eats through the enamel on your teeth, causing the need for dental fillings or a root canal. The more sugar you consume, the more this byproduct is released into your mouth.
Also, choose water as your main drink during this time. It doesn’t contain any harmful sugars or additives. If it’s tap water, it’s also most likely fortified with fluoride to strengthen the dental enamel. Even if it isn’t, it’s the best at keeping your mouth hydrated. This helps to rinse sugars and food particles away from your teeth.
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We’re here to make sure the stress of the pandemic hasn’t caused problems with your smile. Call us or schedule an appointment online today!