The coronavirus pandemic has triggered unprecedented orders to “shelter in place,” including right here in the North Carolina Triangle. Children are home from school while their parents either work from home or have no work until the shelter order ends. As with other businesses, dental offices have had to close as well, except for emergencies. In the Triangle, E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry will be closed until it is safe for patients and staff to return. However, Dr. Saltzman and his staff compiled several tips to help everyone practice the best home dental care possible.
Implement these five practices to maintain dental health when trips to the dentist are delayed:
- Keep tools separate: Don’t handle others’ toothbrushes or floss containers. Provide each person with their own toothpaste and mouthwash. Anyone who exhibits symptoms of illness should use a separate bathroom from the family.
- Wash hands: Saltzman recommends people wash their hands both before and after brushing and flossing. Chef, author and Food Network host Alton Brown made an entertaining and educational public service announcement about the effectiveness of hand washing and how it removes viruses.
- Dental supplies: Make sure there’s enough toothpaste, floss and mouthwash available to last for the next few weeks. Maybe order a water flosser. Each person should have his or her own flosser tip and the machine should be kept clean.
- Snacking: Flour has been disappearing from store shelves as people stay at home. Most likely, people are making comfort food, including sweets such as cookies, cakes, muffins and other baked goods. The sugar in those items creates a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Just add another round of tooth brushing after eating the snacks.
- Diet choices: Teeth and bones need certain nutrients to stay strong. These include calcium and Vitamin D. Boost intake of calcium-rich foods (such as dairy products) and head outside for some exercise to absorb Vitamin D from the sun. Both teeth and gums benefit from the simple act of drinking sufficient water. Not only does the water help wash away food particles, sugar and bacteria, but it also keeps the body hydrated. Take advantage of this at-home time to eat foods and drink beverages to enhance dental healthy.
If you are a current patient of Dr. Saltzman and were scheduled for an appointment during the shutdown, you’ll be rescheduled when it’s safe to come into the office. In the meantime, visit us on Facebook. If you have a dental emergency, please don’t hesitate to call our office, E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Stay healthy, North Carolina.
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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.