It’s no secret—we’re all spending more time at home these days. And for good reason! With our efforts, we can help stop the spread of coronavirus and keep our communities safe. While you’re filling your time working, cooking, and exercising from home, it’s important not to forget about your dental hygiene. Since our services at the moment are limited to emergency dental care, the Smiles Dental team wants to make sure that you’re keeping up with your oral health care on your own. That way you won’t have to deal with the added stress of a dental issue on top of everything else going on!
At-Home Oral Hygiene
Don’t worry! At-home oral hygiene care isn’t hard. Aside from regular brushing and flossing, here are some simple DIY things you can do at home while you’re waiting for your next check-up and cleaning visit at one of our Pacific Northwest dental locations.
Brush Your Tongue
Brushing your teeth every day is probably second nature at this point, but what about your tongue? Bad bacteria doesn’t just build up on your teeth and around your gums. It can also hide out on your tongue and lead to an unpleasant smell as well as other dental issues. A tongue scraper is a handy tool you can pick up at your local drugstore to do the job, but you can also gently clean your tongue using your toothbrush.
So your normal routine includes brushing your teeth hopefully followed by some flossing. To round things out, start including a mouthwash in there as well. While it shouldn’t be used as a replacement for the other two steps, it’s another way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. When choosing a mouthwash, go for one with a seal of approval from the American Dental Association. You can find a list of those approved products on the ADA website.
Eat a Healthy Diet
This tip might not be what you’re expecting to hear, but deciding what you eat is certainly something you can “do yourself” and it has a major effect on your oral health. Try to limit the amount of sugary snacks and beverages you’re consuming to lessen your likelihood of cavities.
Emergency Care at Smile Dental
If you have a dental emergency, please don’t try to treat that at home! Call our office so we can get you the urgent care you need—we’re still available for same-day emergency treatment! For more dental tips, have a look through our other blog posts.