Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fountainhead Dentistry has chosen to proactively close our office to all appointments, other than emergencies. We are committed to protecting our patients and community from the spread of this dangerous virus. Unfortunately, due to the temporary closing of our office, many of our patients’ routine cleanings and check-ups have been postponed.
When people are not able to come to their routine dental visits, it becomes even more important to maintain excellent oral hygiene. This will help prevent or slow the development of things like cavities and gum disease. When left untreated over a long period of time, small cavities can turn into big toothaches!
Here are some of our recommendations to help get your teeth through this difficult time.
- Brush two times a day
Make sure you’re using a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is important in strengthening your enamel and keeping decay at bay. Some people may experience dry mouth, or may require higher sugar diets due to medical conditions. For those people we often recommend a prescription of toothpaste with a higher fluoride content. If this applies to you, and you haven’t received a prescription from us, feel free to give us a call, or schedule a virtual consult.
- Floss one time a day
Yes, brushing and flossing are the obvious gold standard of oral hygiene. But right now, without the help of a professional cleaning, these things become even more important. Flossing is important in removing the bacteria that form cavities on the sides of your teeth where they touch. It’s also incredibly important in preventing inflammation that causes gum disease.
- Avoid sugary foods
Sugary foods, like candy or juice, contain sugars that can be broken down by bacteria to cause tooth decay. The more often you eat sugar, the more fuel you’re giving to cavity-causing bacteria. This can result in new cavities, or cause existing ones to get a lot bigger.
- Replace your toothbrush
We recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Once the bristles get bent and worn down, it’s a lot less effective. If you get sick, replace your toothbrush once you’re feeling better. Toothbrushes have been shown to transmit viruses and bacteria. If you don’t have a spare, you can disinfect your toothbrush by soaking in hydrogen peroxide solution for 10 minutes. And please… NEVER share a toothbrush!