With the COVID-19 crisis, Bethesda Dental Implant Center, a dentist in Bethesda, MD, is one of many dental offices following the ADA’s recommendation to remain closed except for emergency procedures. This means that other appointments and procedures have been canceled or postponed. But what can you do if you had something scheduled during this time? Dr. Roy Eskow and Dr. Adam Eskow have some options.
Get Your Procedure Rescheduled
Just because it isn’t considered an emergency, doesn’t mean it isn’t important. If you were scheduled for a dental cleaning, that’s a crucial part of your oral health. And dental implant surgery may seem like an emergency for those with missing teeth. We want to get you seen as soon as possible. Call us or use our online scheduling tool to get something set up for the future if we haven’t called you to reschedule already.
Keep Up With a Home Oral Healthcare Routine
At-home care is an important component of oral health. We know it can be a bit more challenging during these uncertain times. Our daily lives and routines have been upended. You may be adjusting to working from home or helping children with online learning. Remembering to make sure you brush and floss twice a day may not be at the top of your list.
However, if you want to avoid further problems with tooth decay or gum disease, it’s definitely important. Set a reminder or alarm on your phone to go off in the mornings and evenings. This can remind others in your household as well. It doesn’t hurt to brush more often, either. If it helps you to remember, brush and floss after every meal. That gets food particles out and away from your teeth ASAP.
Watch What You Consume
Your diet is a big factor in oral health as well. You may not be able to eat a perfectly healthy and balanced diet right now. Grocery stores have limited hours and are struggling to keep shelves fully stocked. If you’re missing teeth, you may have restrictions on what you’re able to chew and consume. However, there are some simple ways to improve oral health with your diet.
First, limit how much sugar you’re consuming. Sugar is one of the worst things for your teeth. Harmful oral bacteria use it as a main food source and then expel an acidic byproduct. This byproduct eats through the enamel on your teeth, causing tooth decay and dental cavities. The more sugar you eat, the more that byproduct is impacting your smile.
Also, make water your drink of choice. Water doesn’t contain any hidden sugars or additives that may harm your teeth. If it’s tap water, there’s also a good chance that it’s fortified with fluoride to help strengthen your enamel. Even if it isn’t, water is the best choice for keeping your mouth hydrated. This is important for rinsing sugars and food particles away from your teeth.
Your Dentist in Bethesda, Maryland
We’re here for all of your periodontal and dental implant needs as soon as the pandemic restrictions are eased. Call us or make an appointment online for the future!