To help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19, you need to stay at home when possible and practice social distancing. While at home, you can still maintain good oral hygiene and safeguard your smile against common issues like tooth decay and gum disease. In today’s blog, your Astoria, NY, dentist is talking about keeping smiles healthy at home!
Brushing and Flossing
When we brush and floss our teeth, we remove the food particles trapped on and between our teeth. Doing so helps prevent bacteria from breaking down these particles, which helps you avoid plaque and tartar buildup. Plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) weaken and erode tooth enamel and also inflame gum tissue, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as well as bad breath and stained teeth!
You should brush your teeth when you wake up and once again before going to sleep for about two minutes each time. Make sure you use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You also need to floss each night before going to bed. Move the floss tape up and down each side of every tooth and move under the gum line in a “c” motion to dislodge and remove trapped food particles.
Signs of Potential Trouble
When should you see your dentist? Let us know if you experience common dental emergencies, such as a chipped or cracked tooth. Also, if you develop a toothache that continues after 48 hours, this could be a sign of an advanced cavity or infection that needs attention to prevent major complications, which could include tooth loss! Other signs of trouble could include changes to your gum tissues, such as soreness, redness, or bleeding. If you experience persistent discomfort, contact our team to talk about your options.
Better Snack and Meal Choices
Along with brushing and flossing your teeth, you also need to choose healthier snacks and drinks. By cutting back on items high in sugar and starch, you deprive harmful bacteria of food particles they enjoy consuming, which reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Try to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Low-fat yogurt, sugar-free gum, nuts, and cheeses also offer a healthy snack option. Try to drink more water too, instead of energy drinks, sodas, or sports drinks. If you have any questions about caring for your smile from home, or if you develop a damaged or aching tooth, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Caring for Smiles at Home?
Routine fate at home is beneficial for people of all ages and helps improve overall oral health. To learn more about preventive dental care, then schedule a consultation, call Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.