With COVID-19, dental practices were closed to everything but emergency dentistry cases. However, now things are opening back up. But what if your appointment was one that was canceled or postponed over the time dental services were limited? Dr. Vijay Patel of Montclair Plaza Dental Group, a dentist in Montclair, CA, lets you know how you can help at home and get your appointment set up.
Getting Your Appointment Rescheduled
Obviously, the first thing you want to do is get your appointment rescheduled. It’s still important, even if it wasn’t considered an immediate dental emergency. Over the time our services were limited, we may have already reached out to you about rescheduling your appointment. If not, please call us or use our online scheduling tool. We’ll get you in whenever you’re comfortable heading to the office, or as soon as you’d like!
Keep Up an Oral Health Routine at Home
We understand if you’re not quite ready to venture to the dentist’s office ASAP with the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that it’s important that you’re taking care of your oral health at home. It’s essential that you’re brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. Even if you’re still struggling with your changed routine, your oral health isn’t something you can let fall by the wayside.
If you’re having trouble remembering, set an alarm or reminder on your phone for mornings and evenings. This can ensure you get at least your two a day in. If other people in your family are struggling, this can help them as well. It doesn’t hurt to brush and floss more often either. Try brushing and flossing after every meal if that helps you remember easier. Then, food particles are out and away from your smile ASAP.
Watch What You’re Consuming
Your diet can have a big impact on your oral health. We know it isn’t the easiest time to make sure you’re eating healthily. Grocery stores may still have limited hours and they’re having trouble keeping certain items fully stocked. But there are some easy and simple things you can do to benefit your oral health using your diet.
First, try to avoid consuming a lot of sugar. Sugar is one of the worst things for your teeth. There are harmful oral bacteria that use it as their main food source and then emit an acidic byproduct. This byproduct eats through the enamel on your teeth, causing problems with tooth cavities and further tooth decay. The more sugar you’re eating, the more this byproduct is being released into your mouth.
Also, make sure water is your primary beverage. It doesn’t contain any hidden sugars and additives like other drinks may. If it’s tap water, there’s a good chance it’s fortified with fluoride. Fluoride helps strengthen the enamel on your teeth. Even if it isn’t, water is still the best at keeping your mouth hydrated. This helps to rinse away sugars and food particles from your smile.
Your Dentist in Montclair, California
We’ll be ready to take care of your smile as soon as you’re ready to come into the office! Call us or schedule an appointment online today.