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COVID-19 continues to impact our communities and our families. We understand that this is an incredibly stressful time for many of our patients and their loved ones. While you may not be able to visit your dentist for routine cleanings, fillings, and other restorative dentistry treatments, we want you to know that we are here for you if you need us!
To help you better navigate your oral health during this time, we’ve compiled a list of six things your dentist wants you to know during COVID-19. Follow these tips to ensure your teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible while sheltering in place.
Maintaining Healthy Teeth and Gums During a Pandemic Takes Dedication
There is always room for improvement in your dental hygiene routine, and maintaining healthy teeth and gums takes dedication. Your at-home care routine, your diet, and seeing your dentist regularly for teeth cleanings and exams are all essential for your health.
In general, your oral hygiene routine should include the following:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Brush for at least two minutes each time
- Floss daily
- Incorporate a restorative mouthwash to remineralize soft spots
- See your dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams
- Don’t put off restorative dentistry treatments
Necessary Dentistry Treatments Aren’t Only About Appearances
Cosmetic dentistry treatments can help you feel better about your smile while improving your oral health, too. Many patients assume that cosmetic treatments are a considerable investment; however, this isn’t always the case. Simple whitening treatments or repairing chips and cracks with dental bonding can quickly transform your smile without a big price tag.
Your Kids’ Teeth Need Special Attention Right Now Too
Cavities and decay in baby teeth can have health consequences that last a lifetime.
If left untreated, cavities in baby teeth can lead to:
- Serious tooth decay
- Tooth loss and misalignment of the adult teeth
- Excruciating toothaches, and even severe infection
- An increased risk of developing dental anxiety
Being Nervous at the Dentist is Entirely Normal
Almost everyone suffers from a bit of anxiety surrounding dental appointments. For some, dental anxiety can be so severe that they avoid routine exams and cancel scheduled appointments to correct painful issues. At Aubrey Baudean DDS, we’re here to help our patients reduce stress surrounding dental appointments and avoid dental anxiety. Ask us how we can help you find peace at the dentist when scheduling your next appointment.
The Risks of Going To The Dentist Are Low
Dentists’ offices have always had a high level of infection control. Standard practice before COVID-19 required the use of a mask and gloves and disinfecting surfaces and instruments. We are taking additional precautions during this time to ensure your safety and wellbeing.
We ask that all of our patients communicate your concerns. Whether your concerns are about the risk of coming into our office or in regards to postponing necessary dental work. All patients will be screened before scheduling appointments and before coming in for an appointment to ensure you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
If your dentist determines that you need to have an in-person appointment, follow any dentist directions to reduce the risk of transmission.
We’re Here To Help!
Please take comfort in knowing that our office has always been focused on infection control and maintaining a safe office environment. All of our professionals are wearing masks, gloves, and medical gowns or clothing. We are committed to providing a safe and friendly experience for all who enter our doors.
If you’ve been putting off going to the dentist during COVID-19, contact Aubrey Baudean DDS today to schedule a cleaning and exam.