Due to the current pandemic of the viral respiratory illness COVID-19, many businesses and clinics are closed to non-emergent or “non-essential” activities. But even if you can’t get to the dentist right now, or if you’re simply in-between visits, there are plenty of things you can do at home to optimize your oral health! Keep reading for the top suggestions from Long Beach dentist Dr. Andy Tang, DDS.
5 Ways to Take Care of Your Teeth Between Dental Visits
1. Brush your teeth twice per day using a high-quality toothbrush or electric toothbrush.
Many electric toothbrushes come with automatic timers to let you know when 2 minutes (the minimum recommended amount of time to brush) is up. You can also use a timer on your phone or watch. Encourage consistency from the whole family!
2. Floss your teeth regularly.
Flossing your teeth gets rid of the plaque and tartar that builds up in places where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing is also great for your gums! Once per day is best, but even just a few days a week is better than not at all.
3. Improve your lifestyle habits.
So much of what we do affects the health of our teeth and gums! Here are some priority lifestyle habits to adopt:
- Stop smoking or never start
- Eat a nutritious diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and whole foods
- Avoid sugary and processed foods and beverages
4. Schedule your family’s next dental exam and cleaning.
Plan ahead! According to the American Dental Association, most people need at least two dental visits per year, although some people may need to go more often. Whatever your needs are, be sure to schedule your next dental exam in advance and jot it down on your calendar. That way, you’ll never miss an important appointment.
Remember, the more consistently you go, the better chances you’ll have of preventing dental problems or treating them earlier.
5. Wear protective mouth wear and headgear during at-risk activities.
Even though organized sports are on hold right now in most places, you and your family still may enjoy activities around your house that pose at least some risk to your oral health.. To avoid accidental damage to your teeth, be sure to wear appropriate protective gear as recommended for your chosen activity, including helmets, face shields, and mouth guards.
Do you need help taking control of your dental health? Contact Long Beach dentist Dr. Andy Tang at (562) 498-2354 to schedule a consultation—either now or in the near future when our state’s stay-at-home orders have been lifted.