As many of you are aware, the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is affecting people and businesses everywhere. The stress from this virus is enough to have negative effects on your smile. As your trusted dentist in Annapolis, MD, we want to inform you of how you can best manage your dental health during this crisis.
Eat a Balanced Diet
While comfort food and sugary beverages are common coping mechanisms during stressful times, we want to encourage patients to eat a balanced diet. Avoiding substances that leave behind sticky residues and staining agents on their teeth can help maintain the beauty of your smile. Substances like hard-candies, soda, potato chips, coffee, citrus fruits, and teas are all notoriously tough on your teeth. Practice moderation during this stressful time. If you do turn to comfort food, make sure to follow up with a thorough brushing and flossing session to maintain a bright and white smile.
Continue Brushing and Flossing
Our daily routines are being thrown off during this crisis. However, it is just as important now as it always is to continue brushing and flossing your teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene habits can reduce the number of harmful bacteria left on your tooth surfaces. Your oral health is directly tied to your overall health. Prioritizing brushing and flossing now can save you from stressful and damaging dental concerns later on. We do not want to see our patients suffering from the consequences of neglecting their oral health once this crisis subsides.
Stay Calm, Accidents Happen
Unfortunately, dental emergencies happen at all times, not just when it is most convenient for us. We want to ensure our patients know they have someone to call for a dental emergency, even during this crisis. We are concerned about our patients’ well being at all times. If a dental emergency occurs during regular office hours, please call (410) 266-1007. We will make every effort to see or advise you promptly. If an emergency arises when the office is closed, call (410) 266-1007. Please listen to the recording and write down the number you will need to call. DO NOT HANG UP. At the tone, leave a clear message that states your name, date, time of call, and a number where you can be reached. Then call the emergency number provided, and leave a clear message and number where you can be reached. Your call will be returned shortly.
Our office wishes everyone in our community continued health and safety during this stressful time. Please contact us for information on scheduling your next dental appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!