Though we are facing challenging times with the spread of COVID-19, here at Oakton Dental Center we want to assure you that we will continue to provide you with excellent dental care, even if we can not currently see you in our chair for your regular dental appointments. Continue reading for tips on maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile during a pandemic.
The things we eat and drink have a tremendous effect on the health of our teeth. The outside of the tooth, known as the enamel, is susceptible to decay due to acidity and high sugar content. When the enamel is penetrated or begins to decay, a cavity forms. If left untreated, the tooth will eventually become sensitive to hot and cold when the decay reaches the nerve of the tooth, and it is at this point that the tooth will most likely need a root canal. It’s important to keep a healthy diet that does not pose a high risk for the enamel of the teeth. Some foods that prove to be damaging to the enamel of the tooth include:
- Citrus fruits
- Sugar-filled treats such as cake and cookies
Below are some examples of things that make up a diet that promotes a healthy, happy smile:
- Milk (and other dairy products such as cheese and yogurt)
- Leafy greens such as spinach, kale and broccoli
- Fish, meat, and eggs
It is also important to drink plenty of water; remaining hydrated promotes a healthy amount of saliva in the mouth. Dry mouth leaves the teeth susceptible to decay.
Proper Home Care
Of course, proper home care is the cornerstone of maintaining a healthy smile. It is crucial to ensure that you are brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist and dental hygienist. When bacteria is allowed to accumulate on the teeth in the form of plaque, it hardens into a substance known as tartar. Tartar is a rock-hard bacterial substance that can only be removed by a dental professional. Over time, the bacteria will begin to eat away at the tooth and bone structure if left untreated.
To avoid this, ensure that you are practicing proper home care. This includes:
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily for about three minutes. Make sure to reach all four corners of the mouth.
- Use dental floss at least once a day in order to remove food particles that have gotten caught between the teeth.
- Whenever possible, brush and floss after eating. This will help prevent food or bacteria from lingering on the surface of the teeth.
- Invest in products that are recommended and approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
Here at Oakton Dental Center, we are happy to provide top-tier service to our patients in Oakton and the surrounding areas of Vienna and Fairfax, Virginia. If you have any further questions about how to maintain a healthy smile during the pandemic or wish to schedule an appointment for when we are finally able to reopen after the pandemic has passed, please do not hesitate to contact us through our website or give us a call at 703-938-3405.