To help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we are closing our doors and only offering emergency care for our Brighton, MA, patients. We urge you to stay home when possible and avoid large gatherings (and of course, wash your hands regularly). But you also need to keep your smile healthy and safe. In today’s blog, we offer a few tips for doing just that!
The Dangers of Poor Homecare Routines
When we don’t take proper care of our smiles, and we consume foods and drinks high in sugars and starches, this leaves behind particles on and between the teeth for bacteria to break down. As this happens, the levels of oral acidity increase and the teeth become coated in plaque buildup. The plaque, which eventually hardens into tartar, weakens and erodes outer enamel and also inflames gum tissues, boosting the overall risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Soon, you could begin to suffer from worsening toothaches, and even sore, bleeding gums.
Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth Properly
To help safeguard your smile, we suggest you take time to remove the bits of food lodged on and between your teeth. Start each day by brushing your teeth for about two minutes. Using a toothpaste with fluoride helps strengthen your enamel in the process. Before going to bed, do the same, but also floss up and down each side of every tooth. Make contact with the gum line when you do to remove all trapped bits of food. These actions help reduce the severity of plaque until we can see you again to remove it with a dental cleaning. If you do begin to experience aches in your teeth, let us know, as this could be a sign of a decayed or infected tooth.
Watching What You Snack On
Along with daily brushing and flossing, you need to watch what you eat and drink as well. With a healthier diet, you deprive harmful bacteria of an easy meal. We suggest picking up fruits and vegetables to offer a more balanced meal. For snacks, look towards low-fat yogurts, whole grain crackers and breads, nuts, cheeses, and sugar-free gum. Instead of sodas or energy drinks, try to drink more water, as water not only hydrates, but contains no harmful sugars or acids. If you have any questions about keeping your smile safe, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Keeping Your Smile Safe?
With routine care at home, you and your family can reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease. To learn more about dentistry and homecare, then schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Brighton, Watertown, and all surrounding communities.