How can you protect your teeth and prolong a dental emergency during quarantine? Try these 5 things to help protect your teeth & brighten your smile. First, take off your face mask and follow the steps below.
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Brushing your teeth in the morning is important because it gets your mouth ready for food and removes the bacteria that grows in your mouth overnight. Brushing your teeth at night before you go to sleep helps protect against plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease.
- Floss. Cleaning/flossing between your teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas your toothbrush can’t reach.
- Use Floride Mouthwash. We like ACT Floride Mouthwash. Mouthwash prevents gingivitis and gum disease by killing the bacteria that could infect your dental pockets and gums. Mouthwash can prevent the buildup of plaque, strengthen your tooth enamel, and demineralize your teeth, allowing you to prevent tooth decay.
- Avoid sugary foods. Avoid candy, carbonated drinks, dried fruits, fruit snacks, citrus, and potato chips which can remain on and in between the tooth surface. If you have to eat these types of foods, be sure to brush and floss immediately after eating.
- Whitening Teeth. You can try to whiten your teeth using baking soda and peroxide. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda and a half teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide until the mixture turns into a toothpaste-like consistency. Use the mixture to brush your teeth. Let it sit for a minute or two before rinsing it off with water. Make sure to rinse well and use a three-percent solution hydrogen peroxide for safety.
As we all navigate week 3 of the state suggested lockdown, we would like to remind our patients that Dr. Herman and his staff are available to address any questions/concerns you may have. Dr. Herman is also available for emergency cases. In the event of a dental emergency, please contact our office at 760.726.4904.
We are proud to have been able to provide our patients 60+ with a handmade face mask last week (3/30).
This week (4/6) we are giving each adult patient with an appointment, a handmade mask from our Adult Treasure Basket as a way of supporting our patients during this time.
*We will continue to give patients being seen at the office a handmade facemask while supplies last.
*CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
*Information from CDC website https://www.cdc.gov
Currently Dr. Herman’s Office is OPEN modified business hours. Patients’ health and safety are extremely important to Dr. Herman and his staff. They have always been committed to upholding the highest standards set forth by the CDC and OSHA to protect patients and staff from any possible spread of the COVID-19 virus and any other communicable diseases.
Dr. Herman has always made sure that patients (and staff) experiencing any cold or flu like symptoms rescheduled their appointments not only for the safety of his patients and staff, but due to his son having a compromised immune system and being an asthmatic.
Patients 65+ being seeing at Dr. Herman’s Office this week (3/30-4/2), will and have received a CDC accepted handmade mask. We will continue passing out handmade masks to patients 65+ while supplies last.
Stay safe and healthy.