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!
If you have a dental emerency, by all means call your dentist. In NY where I live today (May 6, 2020), offices are currently open for emergency care only. In many other states dental offices have opened for routine care in direct opposition to the CDC recommendations. The reason that routine care can be a problem is that COVID-19 can be spread through aerosols which are created during routine dental procedures. These aerosols can remain in the air for up to 3 hours. Patients can be infected and be asymptomatic for days. With testing still very limited, we don't know if people are contagious.
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. (You know you have the time now!) 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.