Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has struck our nation, most of us have been forced to “do life” from home. We’ve adjusted to working at home, educating our children from home, eating at home and countless other tasks in an effort to stop the spread of the virus and keep our loved ones safer. Undoubtedly, our daily routines have been greatly disrupted or fallen apart altogether. As your Marietta dentist, however, we urge our patients to not let their oral health fall by the wayside. While you may not be setting your alarm clock, getting yourself ready and following a schedule like you normally would, don’t neglect your dental care routine.
Not only is it possible to maintain your dental health while clocking in more hours at home, but you can also take steps to improve your smile. This can help you avoid painful dental complications and the need for emergency treatment as well as protect and boost your overall health.
Consider the following easy ways that you and your family can take care of your smile during this unprecedented time.
#1 Know When to Replace Your Toothbrush.
Not only should you be taking the time to brush for two minutes twice a day, but it is important to make sure your brushing tool is up to par. If it has been 3 months or if the bristles look frayed, it is time to get a new toothbrush. Also, consider replacing your brush if you’ve been sick.
#2 Drink More Water.
Water brings countless benefits to your entire body. Your mouth, however, uses water in remarkable ways, including helping you avoid dry mouth, rinsing away food particles, neutralizing acids and stimulating saliva production. In addition, choosing water as your beverage comes without risk of sugars, acids or staining like many other drinks.
#3 Snack Smarter.
We know that staying at home can often bring extra trips to the kitchen for snacks. While it may be difficult to avoid snacking throughout the day, it is important to choose foods that are not high in sugars and refined carbs. Sugars that cling to your teeth, like gummies, sticky candy or even muffins, can put you at a much greater risk for cavities.
When in Doubt, Call Your Dentist
At Gilreath Family Dental, we are still here for you. Our office is offering emergency dental visits as well as teledentistry to ensure every patient has access to the professional dental care they deserve. If you have a dental concern, please do not hesitate to call our office!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,