As we practice social distancing and encourage our patients to avoid visiting us unless for dental emergencies, we can’t stress enough just how important it is to take care of your teeth on your own. If you want to avoid a dental emergency or any dental problems from occurring during this time (and the rest of your life) we encourage you to care for your smile just we would. Here is how your dentists at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane Valley care for their smiles day to day.
Invest in a Quality Toothbrush
One of the best words of advice that we can provide you with is investing in a quality toothbrush. If you have a good habit of getting every area of your mouth and brushing for two minutes, you’re probably safe to buy an ADA approved manual toothbrush. However, if you want to maximize your brushing to the best of your abilities, we highly recommend investing in an ADA approved electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush not only sets a timer for two minutes, but it cleans even the laziest person’s teeth better than a manual toothbrush.
Brush and Floss Every Day
We know this is obvious advice but you really should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once per day. You should brush every morning and brush and floss every night before bed. We also recommend brushing your teeth or at least rinsing your mouth with water after every meal or flavored drink. These habits help remove plaque and bacteria from your mouth that can cause cavities or gum disease.
Eat and Drink Mindfully
Some of the most harmful substances for your teeth are starches, sugar and carbonated drinks. Sugar and starches cause plaque and carbonated drinks affect the pH of your mouth which can erode your enamel. With this in mind, we encourage our patients to eat and drink mindfully. Try to stay away from carbonated drinks of any kind and high carb or sugar foods and drinks. If you do happen to indulge in a carbonated beverage, starches or sweets, brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water afterward.
Wear Your Appliances
If you grind your teeth at night, don’t stop wearing your night guard at night. The night guard protects your teeth and your jaw from damage and pain. If you wear any other appliances like retainers, mouth guards or sleep apnea appliances, don’t skip wearing them. These appliances protect your teeth and benefit your overall health.
Never Skip a Dentist Appointment
During normal times, we encourage you to never skip a dentist appointment. Even if you’re just visiting us for a dental cleaning, it’s important to see us to remove plaque and tartar and to determine if any underlying problems are going on. The sooner we can address a problem, the less damage it will do.