Current stay-at-home orders have many patients missing dental appointments. Not getting those routine cleanings can mean losing some much-needed oral maintenance, and that’s a challenge for anyone looking to keep their teeth in excellent condition. To help you keep your smile bright, here are some tips to get the most out of your daily dental hygiene during stay-at-home orders.
Get a New Toothbrush
Do you know how often you should replace your toothbrush (or brush head, if you’re an electric toothbrush user)? Do you know how long it’s been since you replaced your brush?
Dental experts agree that you should replace your toothbrush every three months. Bacteria can build up, and bristles become worn out, doing more harm than good.
Aim for softer bristles on the new brush, and keep it clean and stowed away to prevent contamination.
Brush and Floss More
You’re probably already brushing your teeth morning and night as recommended, but your teeth can use a bit of extra attention during the day, too. If you find yourself at home during the middle of the day, thanks to quarantine orders, break out the floss after lunch or give your teeth an extra brush. Just make sure to wait at least half an hour after eating before you brush, or you could wear away the enamel.
Watch What You Eat
Everything you eat meets your teeth before your stomach, so you need to make sure that whatever it is won’t hurt them. There are many foods out there that are likely to cause some damage, which is precisely what you want to avoid if you’re not allowed to leave your house. Avoid snacks like popcorn, hard candies, and other super-crunchy treats that could crack a tooth.
If you have sensitive teeth, avoid irritating them. Keep an eye on the temperature of food and drinks and avoid extreme hot or cold. You should also keep away from overly chewy foods that could get trapped between teeth, causing even more pain. Acidic food and drink should stay away from your teeth, too, since the acid could break down more of the enamel, causing even more sensitivity. When you chew, avoid chewing with the sensitive teeth if you can.
See a Dentist
Of course, even during stay-at-home orders, there may arise dental emergencies. If your sensitivity has turned into pain or you’ve lost or chipped a tooth, you will need to call your dentist for urgent help. Due to quarantine orders, you’ll likely have to submit to fever screenings and observe health and safety regulations.
If you are currently experiencing a dental emergency or need routine treatment, contact Newton Dental Associates for further guidance.