The COVID-19 coronavirus has forced many dentists to stop offering routine preventive care, such as teeth cleanings and fluoride treatments. Until the outbreak passes, it may be hard to see a dentist like Dr. Shirley Marquez to ensure that your smile is healthy and strong. So what can you do to keep your teeth healthy until things get back to normal? Here are a few quick tips from the team at Altamar Dental Studio.
You’re probably already doing this, but it bears repeating. To keep your smile healthy, you should brush at least twice a day for two minutes. It’s best to brush after breakfast and before bed.
Got some extra time on your hands? Brushing 3 times per day (after breakfast and lunch and before bed) will maximize the effectiveness of your oral care routine, and eliminate even more food particles and bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
You can floss whenever you want in the day, as long as you consistently floss once a day. Make sure you’re using proper flossing technique, and consider rinsing with mouthwash after flossing. Using mouthwash after you floss will help rinse away the debris that you’ve loosened while flossing between your teeth, maximizing the effectiveness of flossing.
Try not to eat too many sugary foods like candy, cookies, sugary cereal, and other such products. Starchy foods like chips and pretzels should also not be consumed in excess.
The bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease thrive on sugar and starch, so avoiding these foods can help keep your smile healthier. So stick to foods that are low in sugar, minimally-processed, and healthy, like fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.
You should also try not to snack too much during the day. Frequent, intermittent snacking causes food particles and bacteria to build-up on your teeth more quickly than your saliva can rinse them away. Eat several large meals and one or two snacks per day rather than “grazing.”
Sugary drinks like soda and tea or coffee with a lot of sweetener can be very bad for your teeth. These beverages are typically very sugary and acidic, which can promote the growth of bacteria and your mouth and harm your teeth.
Minimize your consumption of soda, and consider choosing diet soda that contains artificial sweeteners instead of sugar. You should also reduce the amount of sugar in your coffee or tea to keep your teeth healthy.
While you may not be able to see the dentist soon, these tips are sure to help your teeth stay healthy and strong until you can come in and see Dr. Shirley Marquez at Altamar Dental Studio. Got questions? Want updates about whether or not we’re open? Feel free to contact us online or give us a call at (239) 260-5968.