How to Keep Your Smile Healthy While Your Dentist’s Office is Closed
In March 2020, due to growing concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, federal and state agencies recommended that dentists treat only emergency dental cases and reschedule all other appointments until further notice. At the same time, many families are adjusting to kids being out of school and some parents working from home all while being self-quarantined to maintain social distance. Most people are not following our “normal” daily routines, but it’s more important than ever to continue healthy oral and overall health habits.
Keep your smile healthy and reduce your risk of COVID-19 with a good at-home health routine.
- Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste.
- Floss every day.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or after you’ve been sick.
- Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies.
- Exercise – even a quick walk around your neighborhood is good for physical and emotional health.
- Wash your hands often, especially before eating or brushing your teeth. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
What should I do if I have an emergency or urgent dental need?
If you have a dental emergency, contact your dentist immediately and they will provide next steps. If an office visit is necessary, know that dentists follow strict infection control guidelines that can help prevent the spread of many infections, including COVID-19. Dentists and staff change gloves and masks between each patient, frequently wash their hands, sterilize dental tools and clean surfaces with hospital-grade disinfectants.
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