During these times of social distancing, as we all do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, your oral health might seem to become something of an afterthought.
However, Audubon Dental Center would like to remind our patients that our oral health and our overall health are hardly separate. On the contrary, the health of your teeth and gums play a huge role in your overall health. Gum disease has been shown to contribute to all sorts of health problems, like diabetes, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s.
Below, we provide a few helpful oral health tips that will help you keep your smile healthy and bright, even as the world stays shut down for a few more weeks to contribute to a far greater good.
Tip #1: Cut Out Sugar
One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay is by limiting the amount of sugar you include in your diet, which is the biggest culprit when it comes to contributing to tooth decay. Healthline supports a widely-known fact in the dental community, that bacteria that are already in your mouth produce acid whenever they come into contact with sugar. That’s why it’s a good idea to stop giving them any sort of ammunition when it comes to destroying your smile.
Tip #2: Use Fluoride
Many of us might be drinking bottled water, which means that we aren’t getting the fluoride that many regions’ tap water provides to the general population. Make sure that your toothpaste and mouthwash both include fluoride in them, which will help fight against cavities, not to mention fortify your teeth.
Tip #3: Brush Twice, Floss Once
Building a strong at-home brushing and flossing practice will help you ensure that your teeth stay healthy and white for the long haul. Remember that you can brush too hard, you can brush too long, and you can also brush too early after a meal. Wait 45 minutes before you brush, try your best to use gentle, circular motions, and always use a soft-bristle toothbrush.
Dr. Pantano also suggests coming into the office as soon as you can once businesses start opening up again for a professional check-up and cleaning. We’re doing everything in our power to provide a safe and comfortable environment where the focus can be put back on you and your oral health.
Contact Audubon Dental Center to schedule your post-social-distancing oral health consultation today. We have a long and impressive track record of building healthy smiles for entire families. Let’s make yours the smile you’ve always wanted today!