Over the years, many of my friends and family members have asked me questions about their oral health. I have created this page as a place to answer all of your general questions. Feel free to shoot me an email anytime!
After a three month furluogh, my office has now been open for several weeks. We are very busy with many people finally getting in who had to delay their treatment. On your first visit back, you will notice some changes. Screening forms, questionairres and temperature checks before being seen by your dentist or hygienist. In the operatory we have strong hepa air filters and new protective equipment such as head covering and face shields. I joke about my "costume," and let people know it really is me underneath it all!
Since we have been delaying routine dental cleanings for a while already, be sure to take care of your mouth at home! Brush thoroughly with an electric toothbrush for at least 2 minutes. Floss daily or use a waterflosser or interdental brushes. Use fluoride to help keep teeth strong.
With many of us home all day, it can be easy to slip into some bad habits. When it comes to eating for dental health, one important thing to consider is the frequency of sugar intake. When you eat or drink any carbohydrates, the pH levels in your mouth will drop for at least 20 minutes, giving bacteria a hospitable environment. If the carbs are sticky, like gummies it will last up to 40 minutes. To minimize this, limit the frequency. For example, if you drink soda or sports drinks, do not sip them throughout the day. Every time you take a sip it starts that process again. Drink all at once and then rinse your mouth out with water.