Most Americans are experiencing what can only be described as a once in a lifetime event that has disrupted the routine and livelihood of millions. If you or a loved one have contracted the virus, you're experiencing its effects firsthand. But almost everyone else has felt its wrath from a secondhand perspective. People have lost their jobs/businesses, causing a chain reaction of panic and even resulting in financial ruin for many.
In the dental world, offices everywhere have been forced to close their doors with the only exception being emergency visits. A cleaning every six months is an essential aspect when maintaining a clean and healthy mouth. Since this is off the table for the time being, we'll provide you with a few tips to keep in mind and implement into your personal time.
Dental Health Tips
- Wash your hands - For your overall health, wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before any personal dental care.
- Limit snacking- Excessive snacking increases your risk of getting cavities. Cavities are not considered a dental emergency.
- Drink lots of water - Drinking water between and during meals helps wash away bacteria.
- Avoid smoking - Smoking can limit blood flow to your mouth and make it easier for bacteria to grow.
These are tips you can follow daily, even when we're not in the middle of a pandemic. But keeping your teeth and gums healthy during this time is absolutely critical.
If you follow these tips, in addition to brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing daily, you will significantly increase the chances of maintaining a healthy mouth during COVID-19.
What Constitutes as a Dental Emergency?
In the event of a dental emergency, get in touch with your dental professional to determine the best course of action.
A dental emergency qualifies as something that puts a person in a state of high-risk. Examples of this are uncontrolled bleeding or bacterial infections that cause swelling and intense pain.
If you have any questions or are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, please contact Arnold Dentistry so we can help you resolve the issue.
Please stay healthy everyone!