Can’t come to Khanani Family Dental because of the coronavirus outbreak? Wondering how you can make sure your teeth are healthy until you can schedule an appointment in Holden or Worcester with Dr. Salman Khanani? Here are a few of our top tips on how to keep your teeth healthy during the coronavirus outbreak. Follow them to avoid cavities, gingivitis, and other oral health issues.
At a minimum, make sure that you brush twice a day for two minutes, and brush the fronts, backs, and tops of your teeth. You should spend about 30 seconds on each quadrant of your teeth while brushing. We recommend brushing once after breakfast, and once after your last meal of the day, before bed.
If you have the time, you can brush more frequently. Brushing once after breakfast, once after lunch, and once after your last meal of the day will maximize the effectiveness of your brushing routine, and remove the most possible plaque, bacteria, and food debris.
Now is the perfect time to learn how to floss, or to get back into the habit of flossing. Follow this guide for an overview of the basics, and floss once per day. You can floss whenever you want, including after brushing.
For maximum effectiveness, it’s a good idea to rinse out your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash (or even water) after flossing. This will help remove the food particles and other debris that were loosened during the flossing process.
A good rule of thumb for your diet is that foods that are healthy for your body are also good for your teeth. So try to eat foods like whole grains, lean meats, and fresh vegetables and fruits. Avoid eating overly-processed foods and snacks with a lot of sugar or starch, like candy, cookies, potato chips, and other such foods.
Try not to snack too much, either. This may be hard if you’re stuck at home and like to “graze” on food throughout the day. But regular, frequent snacking can cause food particles to build up on your teeth faster than your saliva can rinse them away, leading to a higher risk of gum disease and cavities. Eat a few large meals, and stick to one or two snacks per day.
Soda, sugary coffee and tea, and other sugary beverages like cocktails are very bad for your teeth when consumed in excess. Try to reduce the amount of sugar you’re drinking as much as you can. And if you do drink a sugary beverage, rinse your mouth out with water or mouthwash afterward to remove sugar, or consider brushing your teeth to clean them more thoroughly.
At Khanani Family Dental, we’re trying to see our patients for routine preventive care as soon as it’s safe to do so. But until then, these tips will help you keep your mouth healthy. Wondering if we’re open for appointments, or looking for status updates? Contact our dentists in Holden today online or give us a call for the latest updates.