The Importance of Oral Health During COVID-19
I hope this message finds you and your family well during this difficult time. I am writing today with some helpful tips for your dental home care, to help keep your mouth healthy, prevent oral disease, and to prevent having to visit an urgent care or ER with Covid-19 patients. The virus is known to cling to tissues of the nose, throat, and mouth.
Brushing: brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste for 2 minutes, so the fluoride can work longer on your teeth. I do recommend an electric toothbrush with a timer.
Flossing: When you brush you only clean 70 to 80% of your teeth, you must floss between your teeth to remove the bad bacterial growing there, if this bad bacteria is not removed it facilitates an environment to make "badder" bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.
Mouthrinse: I would use a mouth rinse daily (Crest ProHealth, Listerine, salt water), especially upon returning from any visits outside of your home.
TMJ/TMD: these are trying times, the world has not seen a pandemic of this level since the 1918 Spanish Flu, lots of uncertainty. We are seeing a lot more TMJ issues which sometimes mimic a toothache.
Dental issues: if you, your family, co-workers, or friends have any dental issues, concerns, discomfort, pain, please call, we are here to help and answer any questions (or if you just need to talk) at 503266-2705.
Dental Care of Canby
333 N.W. 3rd Avenue
Canby, OR 97013