The coronavirus pandemic has left many of our patients unable to receive their regularly schedule preventative dental care. Your dental health and your overall health are intrinsically intertwined. As your trusted general dentist in Annapolis, MD, we wanted to provide some helpful tips on how to continue caring for your smile during this time. Here are our best dental health tips:
Eat a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet leads to a healthy smile. We encourage our patients to consume overtly sugary or starchy foods in moderation. Sugars and starches can harden to your teeth surfaces and cause tooth decay or gum disease. The problem with dental concerns like these is that they often do not show any noticeable symptoms until they get to later stages of development, causing toothaches or tooth loss. It’s important that you maintain your dental health by eating a healthy diet. Keeping around snacks that contain high amounts of calcium or any other necessary vitamins and minerals directly benefits your dental health. Additionally, foods that are good for your teeth are also good for your overall health, going beyond just benefiting your smile.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Under high stress, it can be difficult to remember to take care of yourself. However, practicing your best oral hygiene habits is one of the best things you can do for your smile. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day can help reduce your chances of needing costly dental procedures down the road. Keeping your mouth clear of harmful bacteria and food residue also helps maintain your overall health. This is because your mouth is an entryway to both your digestive and respiratory systems. Maintaining a clean and healthy mouth on a daily basis helps reduce your risk of health complications and lapses in your dental health.
Prioritize Preventative Care
Dental cleanings and exams are extremely important when it comes to maintaining your dental health. As we begin to reopen our office, we want you to know that we look forward to providing you with the preventative care you need to maintain your dental health. We want to assure you that we are taking specific measures in addition to our thorough infection control procedures in order to keep you, our dental team, and our community safe from the spread of coronavirus. Get to know our coronavirus protocols and procedures here before scheduling your next appointment. The safety and well-being of our patients and dental team continues to be our priority. We are fully compliant with the guidelines from the CDC and the American Dental Association, and we look forward to seeing you soon.