Routine Dental Check-up Postponed? Here Are At Home Dental Tips
We hope that you and your family are safe, healthy, and in good spirits during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. As you all know, access to routine and non essential dental care is currently being restricted to help protect the health of our patients and our staff. As a family run practice have not experienced anything like this in our 85 years of business. We’ve been doing our part in only performing emergency procedures within our office to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and to relieve the burden on hospital emergency departments. Our team has been working hard to provide our patients with additional care and service during the local stay-at-home orders. We recently began handling many of your dental concerns using “Teledentistry” which will enable us to provide quality dental care safely via computer, tablet, or mobile device.
Many of you have had to postpone your routine dental check-ups. Even though you can’t come into the office for your professional cleaning and exam, maintaining your oral health at home during this time is critical.
Healthy Home Care
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, ideally in the morning and before bed. If possible, brushing after lunch is a good idea
- Use a toothbrush with soft, nylon bristles
- Floss daily
- Try alternative interdental cleaning devices if flossing is difficult
- Minimize consumption of sugary and starchy foods, especially hard candies and sticky/gummy snacks
- Look for foods with Vitamin D and calcium to maintain healthy gums
- Remember lean meat, fish and poultry are great sources of protein
- Replace toothbrush head every 3-4 months
- Clean your tongue. Invest in good tongue scraper and clean your tongue after brushing your teeth.
- Drink more water. This is good for your overall health and your oral care. It cleans tooth decay and fights mouth germs.
- Don’t smoke or drink. It’s good for your teeth. And above all, it’s good for your health.
- Pick the right toothpaste. The market is filled with many different varieties, just make sure the toothpaste includes fluoride.
- Actively look out for bleeding gums, lumps and other oral problems. Just because they aren’t evident doesn’t mean they don’t exist, let us know if anything hurts or seems unusual
If You Need Emergency Dental Care
- Our office is open from 9am-1pm Monday-Friday for emergency dental care appointments
- You can call our office at anytime in the case of a dental emergency
- If you call outside of the 9am-1pm hours we are on-call and can still receive your message. We can arrange to meet you at the office for an emergency visit
If You Have a Non Emergency Dental Need
- We are proud to now offer teledentistry for our patients
- You can schedule an appointment with any of our doctors to discuss a dental related issue or question
- We can communicate through video for this appointment using your phone, tablet, or computer
- Many insurance companies are covering teledentistry appointments
We will continue to update our patients on the status of our office through email and Facebook. We are closely following all recommendations from the ADA and the CDC and hope to reopen to full service capacity as soon as it’s deemed safe and healthy for our patients as well as our doctors and staff. Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this time.