Are you neglecting your oral health amid the pandemic? While scientists and researchers work on developing a cure for the novel coronavirus, Dr. Bret Dyer of Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology provides virtual consultations to ensure you receive the best dental care.
Why Home Dental Care is Essential
Oral health is an essential component of the overall health and immunity of individuals. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), appropriate dental care can help to minimize the risk of tooth decay (caries), and periodontal disease or gingivitis. The ADA recommends having oral exams and dental prophylaxis at least twice annually.
Although COVID-19 quarantine and stay-at-home measures had limited dental care in the spring, our office is open and providing comprehensive services. We are utilizing UV light sterilization methods in each room and ozonated water in all of our instrumentation. Ozone has been shown to kill the virus. And, of course, all of our instruments are sterile.
Tips for Oral Care at Home
Dental home care involves practicing good oral hygiene at home to promote healthy teeth and gums. The following tips help for maintaining healthy teeth and gums throughout the pandemic:
- Brushing twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste: The ADA recommends brushing your teeth for at least two minutes (60 seconds) twice a day; in the morning and just before going to bed. Using a fluoride-based toothpaste increases the rate of tooth remineralization, which prevents tooth decay and enamel breakdown. This process helps to restore lost enamel and prevent the development of tooth cavities.
- Changing your toothbrush: Old toothbrushes (older than three months of use) can contribute to halitosis (bad breath) by serving as a breeding ground for bacteria. It also helps to consider electric toothbrushes over manual types. Research has shown that electric toothbrushes can remove more oral plaque than manual ones and better prevent gingivitis. But, be sure to replace electric toothbrush heads every three months. In addition to using toothbrushes, dental floss is also great for your oral health, allowing you to get rid of food particles that remain in the mouth even after brushing.
- Making nutritional/dietary modifications: The nature of your diet has a profound effect on your oral health. Dental erosion can result from excessive intake of sugary foods and drinks. For example, sodas, white sugar, and “starchy” carbs, such as pasta and white bread can promote the development of cavities. You can limit sugars (e.g., fructose and glucose) in your diet by reading the nutritional content on the labels of food products you buy. The ADA recommends eating incorporating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy products (low-fat or fat-free), and proteins (animal and plant-based) into your diet.
Need dental care during COVID-19? Contact Dr. Dyer.
Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology is your go-to dental facility in Sugar Land, Texas. Dr. Bret Dyer offers free dental consultations to access your oral health. Free virtual appointments are available via our secure platform approved by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).