Now that we’re spending time inside to help slow the spread of COVID-19, attending routine checkups and cleanings simply isn’t possible. In fact, your Tucson, AZ, dentist is only offering emergency dental care at the moment. Which means taking step to protect your oral health from home is more vital than ever! We have a few tips for help with this in today’s blog.
Brushing and Flossing
When we clean our teeth each day, we limit the onset of plaque buildup, a bacterial byproduct that weakens tooth enamel and inflames gum tissue, boosting the risk of issues like cavities and gum disease. We accomplish this by removing stray food particles that harmful bacteria feed on. You should start each day by brushing your teeth for two minutes as soon as you wake up. Make sure you use a fluoride toothpaste when you do. Before bed at night, repeat this process, but also floss up and down each side of every tooth, dipping below the gum line when you do. These actions remove food particles and help protect the health and stability of your smile.
Choosing Healthier Snacks
Sugar and starch are two favorites for harmful oral bacteria. These particles cling to the teeth and often become trapped between them, available for bacteria to break down in a process that creates plaque buildup and elevates oral acidity. Try to cut back on candies, snack cakes, chips, dried fruit, and other sugar and starch-rich items. Instead, try to enjoy more yogurts, cheeses, nuts, fresh fruits and veggies, whole grain crackers, and pretzels. Avoid soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks too, instead consume more water, which helps cleanse your mouth and hydrates you as well!
Watching for Emergency Situations
Our team also provides emergency dental care for our patients, addressing issues like chipped or cracked teeth, and identifying and treating the factors behind aching or sore teeth. If you encounter persistent discomfort, then please contact our team to discuss possible treatment options. We could often address issues like chipped teeth or tooth decay in a single visit! When you come to our office, we will make sure you don’t share the waiting room with other people, and our entire team will be cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces in between each visit. We’re taking strict health and safety measures to protect our patients and team members! If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Hygiene?
At our Tucson, AZ, dentist’s office, our team wants to help you make better decisions regarding your oral health. If you have questions about safeguarding your smile from home, contact us today to schedule a visit by calling our office at 520-296-5439.