How to Prevent Dental Problems during COVID
The COVID-19 pandemic continues even as 2020 comes to a close. While many at-risk individuals get vaccinated, people throughout the Boston, MA, area need to continue doing their part to avoid the spread of infection and to stay healthy. In order to avoid dental emergencies and unnecessary potential exposure to the virus, we encourage patients to practice preventive care to prevent dental problems.
At Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group, our skilled team of dentists follow safety protocols to keep patients safe. Here, we will discuss some simple tips that can help you avoid cavities, gum disease, and other oral health emergencies during these unprecedented times.
Brush Your Teeth Regularly
Brushing your teeth is one of the most effective ways to remove food particles and prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease. We recommend the following to keep your breath fresh and teeth clean:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Ideally, consider brushing after every meal
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles
- Use a non-abrasive toothpaste
Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth since it cleans areas that bristles cannot always access. Whether you use traditional dental floss or a water floss system, be sure to floss at least once a day. Like brushing your teeth, it’s ideal to floss after every meal.
Do Not Use Tobacco Products
Smoking and the use of chewing tobacco can increase your risk of lung disease, hypertension, and cancer. In addition, tobacco products stain your teeth and increase your risk of developing gum disease. Now is a great time to kick the habit for good.
Limit Your Consumption of Sugary Foods
Sugary foods are linked to an increased risk of cavities. While many of us are consuming sugary comfort foods for the holiday season and as a way to cope with anxiety, it’s best to cut back if possible. This is good for your smile, and even better for your general wellness.
Avoid Sodas and Sugary Beverages
Sugary beverages can make cavities more likely, just like surgery snacks. Carbonated beverages make acidic erosion of your tooth enamel more likely. Cut back on sugar and soda during the holidays for a healthier smile.
Drink Lots of Water
Water helps keep you hydrated. It also keeps the mouth moist and helps wash away food particles on your teeth. You should be drinking lots of water every day in order for your body to function optimally.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet helps prevent dental problems and ensures that you have healthy teeth and bones. Be sure to eat a diet that’s full of fresh vegetables and fruits. Avoid processed starches and junk food, and instead eat good sources of protein and healthy fats. Eating whole foods that have not been processed is generally a good idea.
Wear Helmets and Mouth Protection
Some sports, athletic activities, and lines of work have an increased risk of head, face, and mouth injuries. Be sure to wear a mouth guard, face protection, or a helmet to prevent dental fractures and other trauma to the mouth and jaw. These simple safety measures can avoid dental emergencies and even trips to the hospital.
Contact Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group
With proper oral hygiene and healthy choices, you can avoid many oral health issues. If you have any further questions about preventive dentistry, we encourage you to contact our dentists online or call our office at (617) 523-5451.