In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the whole world looks a little different right now than it did before. Businesses are closed and people are staying put inside their homes. The practice of dentistry is not exempt from changes and dental practices across the nation are modifying the way they care for their patients during this tumultuous time.

At Upland Dental Care, our dental staff works diligently to provide the best dental care for our patients. During this unprecedented time, we are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA)’s guidelines for practice. While emergency dental care is an essential practice, we have closed our clinic to routine dental care and elective dental procedures. We understand that this may be an inconvenience for the time being, but as stewards of health, we think it is important to support the health of our community, our staff, and our patients to limit contact and avoid unnecessary interaction. Dentistry is by no means “non-essential,” however, prioritizing what needs to be done now versus what can wait a few weeks is how we are handling business. When the world normalizes again, we will be happy to schedule all of your appointments. In the meantime, there are a few ways you can protect your oral health while practicing safe social distancing.

Drink plenty of water.

Isolated at home, you may be tempted to drink juice, soda, adult beverages, or endless mugs of coffee or tea, but it is important to drink plenty of water. Being well hydrated helps protect your teeth by offering an adequate amount of saliva and washing food and bacteria off your teeth. Hydration helps protect your enamel and prevent dental erosion.

Brush and floss as recommended.

Preventive dentistry is not something that should be limited to your appointments. Our dental team helps support your preventative dental care with education, checkups, and professional cleanings, but the preventative dentistry is an active practice that requires your diligent involvement. You should brush your teeth with an ADA approved toothpaste twice a day and floss at least once a day. This will help prevent gum disease and tooth decay, keeping your breath fresh and your pearly whites sparkling!

Avoid nail-biting.

We understand that this time of uncertainty and isolation may evoke stress and anxiety that many people express with nail-biting. However, it is important to pay attention to your nervous behaviors and avoid biting your nails. Nail-biting can chip your teeth and damage the enamel. And, remember that anytime you avoid touching your face or making hand-mouth contact, you are reducing your chances of spreading infection. Wash your hands often and keep them out of your mouth!

The staff at Upland Dental Care looks forward to the day this pandemic is behind us and life resumes as normal. Until then, we have joined in the fight to flatten the curve by practicing stay at home orders. We invite you to do the same and schedule your dental services for post-quarantine dates. For more information, visit the ADA online or reach out to our dental staff on our website. Be well, friends.