Due to the COVID-19 pandemic across the country, many dental offices have had to close to everything but emergency dental services. Regular bi-annual appointments have had to be rescheduled or canceled. But what do you do if your appointment was one of those? Dr. James White, a dentist in Las Vegas, NV, offers some tips.
Get Your Appointment Rescheduled
The most important thing is to ensure that you have another appointment set up. A dental checkup and deep cleaning are crucial to get every six months. Our office may have already reached out to you to reschedule your appointment. If not, call us or use our online scheduling tool. You want to get an appointment that’s as close as possible to the original date.
Keep Up an Oral Healthcare Routine at Home
Especially since you’re missing the scheduled deep cleaning, you want to make sure you’re brushing and flossing enough at home. We know that with normal routines upended, it can be hard to make sure you’re doing the little things. You’re getting used to working from home or helping your children with online learning. But it’s important that you avoid problems with tooth decay or gum disease.
One thing you can do is set an alarm or reminder on your phone for mornings and evenings. You should brush and floss at least twice a day, and this can remind your whole household along with you. However, you don’t only have to brush and floss twice a day. If it helps you to remember better, brush and floss after every meal. This also prevents food particles from lingering between your teeth for long amounts of time.
Take Note of What You’re Consuming
Eating completely healthily during this pandemic is probably something that’s not going to happen. Isolation is impacting everyone differently and many of us are turning to comfort foods. Grocery stores have limited hours and are struggling to make sure shelves are fully stocked with people buying in bulk for isolation. But there are some easy things you can do with your diet to help your oral health.
First, avoid consuming an excess of sugar. Sugar is one of the worst enemies of your oral health. Harmful oral bacteria feed off of sugar, emitting an acidic byproduct. That acid eats through the enamel on your teeth, leading to problems with tooth decay, or even tooth extraction if the case is severe. The more sugar you eat, the more acidic byproduct being released in your mouth.
Drinking water as your main beverage is also beneficial. If you’re drinking tap water, it most likely has fluoride in it. Fluoride helps strengthen the enamel on the outside of your teeth that keeps your teeth protected. Even if your water doesn’t have fluoride, water still keeps your mouth hydrated. This helps rinse sugars and food particles away from your smile.
Your Dentist in Las Vegas, Nevada
After the pandemic, it’s also important that you make sure the stress of the crisis hasn’t hurt your smile. Call us or schedule an appointment online for the future. We hope to see you in our office soon!