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How to Stay on Top of Your Oral Health When You Can’t Go to the Dentist

April 11, 2020
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Posted By: Bethlehem Town Family Dental
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Note: In response to the ADA and CDC recommendations regarding COVID-19, we are temporarily closed for elective and non-essential dental procedures. Our current plan is to reopen for appointments on April 30, but this date is subject to change.

Your Glenmont dentist looks forward to reconnecting with you again as soon as we can after the current COVID-19 situation stabilizes. Until then, we want to ensure that you’re taking proper care of your oral health to maintain your healthy smile until we resume our routine appointments. 

Oral Health during Stay-at-Home Order

Chances are, you already know what you need to do to avoid cavities and gum disease—brush, floss, and avoid sweets. But with a little extra at-home time on your hands, now is the perfect opportunity to revisit these habits and recommit to them going forward.

Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime. Brushing after meals is okay too, but be sure to wait 30 minutes to prevent damage to tooth enamel that’s temporarily softened by the acid buildup in your mouth 

Floss Once a Day

Floss gently once per day to remove plaque and food debris that linger between teeth, causing cavities and gum disease. You can also floss after meals, but don’t overdo it; you can have too much of a good thing, and flossing several times a day or too vigorously can actually damage your gums.

Avoid Sweet and Acidic Foods

When you’re stuck indoors, it’s tempting to comfort yourself with sweets like candies or cookies or starchy treats like chips. We understand, and we don’t want you to deny yourself that candy bar if it helps boost your spirits. 
 
Brush your teeth after you indulge, but wait 30 minutes; acid that is created in your mouth as you chew temporarily softens dental enamel. Waiting gives the Ph balance in your mouth a chance to return to normal.

We Look forward to Seeing You Again Soon

In the midst of all this uncertainty, we at Bethlehem Town Family Dental want you to know how much we value you and look forward to reconnecting with you soon. Until then, take precautionary measures like staying at home as much as possible, wearing a face mask in public, and washing your hands frequently. Take care of yourselves and each other, and we look forward to seeing you at our Glenmont dental office soon. As always, feel free to reach out to our office if you have any questions!

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