With the COVID-19 pandemic upending things across the country, dental offices are closed for everything but emergency dentistry. Such is the case at Lowcountry Dental Center, your dentist in Bluffton, SC. So what do you do if you’re missing your bi-annual dental cleaning and checkup? We have some tips to help you out.
Get Your Appointment Rescheduled
Even if you have dental anxiety, this isn’t a “get out of your dental appointment free” card. It’s still essential that you get your regular checkup and cleaning, especially after this crisis. The impact of stress on your teeth can be intense. Our office may have already reached out to ask you about rescheduling. If not, call or use our online scheduling tool to get something scheduled for the future.
Keep Up With Your Oral Healthcare Routine
With your normal routine thrown off, it can be hard to keep up with all the little things. You may be adjusting to working at home, being laid off, and/or helping kids with online learning and keeping busy during isolation. Small bits of your routine, like oral healthcare, may fall by the wayside when you’re focusing on these other things.
However, it’s still important that you’re brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Otherwise, you’re at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Try making sure you brush your teeth after every meal. Or, you can set a phone alarm or reminder to make sure you brush and floss at least during mornings and evenings. Make it something for the whole household to do!
Try to Have a Balanced Diet
It can be hard to eat right with limitations on shopping and food shortages. But your diet plays a big part in your oral health. For starters, do your best to limit sugar consumption. Sugar is one of the biggest culprits of tooth decay. Harmful bacteria in your mouth use sugar as their food source. This leads to them releasing an acidic byproduct that eats through the enamel on your teeth.
Next, make sure you’re drinking a lot of water. It’s good to make this your primary drink. If you drink water from your tap, it’s usually fortified with fluoride. This helps strengthen the enamel on your teeth. Water also keeps your mouth hydrated and refreshed. It assists with rinsing leftover food particles and sugars away from the teeth.
Lastly, try your best to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly with a fibrous texture. This includes things like apples, pears, celery, and carrots. Crisp and crunchy veggies and fruits require a lot of chewing, which boosts saliva production. The texture also helps get in between your teeth to get out any stuck food particles.
Your Dentist in Bluffton, South Carolina
We’ll be here to give you your dental checkup after this crisis is over. Call us or schedule an appointment online. We hope we get to see you in our office soon!