One of the most important things we can do right now during the current COVID-19 Pandemic to stay safe and to keep others safe is to stay home. One way we can do this, and care for our dental health in a pandemic, is by diligent brushing and flossing. This may seem mundane and not all that big of a deal, but it has a great impact on your dentist, your dental staff, and you.
An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth A Pound of Cure
Taking the time to be diligent with dental hygiene, to eat healthy, and to brush and floss regularly is to take the time to prioritize your oral health. As much as we can’t control the current climate, we can control things like how we live, and what we do for our health and needs. Brush gently using a soft bristled brush 2 times a day, and floss regularly. Drinking plenty of water and eating foods that support oral health, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, meat, and cheese, and avoiding foods high in sugar, acid, can help support your oral health and keep you from needing urgent dental care. Since preventative care is currently suspended, doing our part to care well for our oral health is the best we can do to protect dentists and hygienists from unnecessary exposure.
In this unprecedented situation where dental care is currently limited to Emergencies only, it may be useful to be aware of what emergencies your dental office provides services for, and who to call in the event of a dental emergency. Familiarize yourself with your dentist’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, and have a dental first aid kit handy to be ready for any needs you or your family may have. Maintaining your dental health in a pandemic begins with knowing your options and preparing well for whatever comes your way.
When in Doubt, Call
If you’re not sure what constitutes a dental emergency, or what services you may need, and you experience discomfort, experience a dental injury, or otherwise are unsure of what to do in a situation regarding your oral health, do not hesitate to call and consult with our dentist about what your needs and situation are. We may be able to help you make a plan to help you in maintaining your dental health in a pandemic.
If you need to consult with a dentist during this time about your current dental care needs, call our Stephens & Gatewood to talk with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.