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Maintaining good oral health at home during COVID-19 pandemic

With most dental practices focusing only on emergency and urgent dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic, taking care of your oral health at home is as important as ever. Use these daily dental health basics at home to help keep your mouth healthy and happy:

  • Brush gently at least twice a day, with special attention to the gum line. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once a day. You can also use an interdental cleaner—a special pick or brush you use between your teeth.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or earlier if the bristles are looking spread out and worn.
  • Be aware of bad habits like ice chewing or crunching on hard snacks, using your teeth as a tool or to open packages, or grinding and clenching as these things can cause broken or chipped teeth.
  • Wear a mouthguard if you are doing a sport or activity that could cause trauma to your face and jaw. Some activities, like mountain-biking, roller boarding or skating, allow you to keep your “social distance” but are safer with a helmet and mouthguard!

We believe in the power of a smile. It can be comforting and inspiring. During these stressful times, we hope you’ll take a moment to share your smile with someone today. And we encourage everyone to follow the CDC’s guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19: