Protecting Your Smile From Home

Your Virginia Beach, VA, dentist is currently only offering in-office treatment for emergency situations. We’re doing this to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our community members. However, with routine homecare, you can still keep your smile bright and healthy, even if you’re stuck at home.

The Causes of Common Oral Health Problems

Many oral health issues occur as a combination of two factors: Poor diet and lack of brushing and flossing. When we eat unhealthy items high in sugary and starch, we leave particles behind on and between our teeth. When we don’t brush and floss, we allow these particles to stay in place. Bacteria then consume them, a process that elevates oral acidity and coats the teeth in plaque buildup, a sticky bacterial byproduct that actually weakens outer enamel and inflames gum tissue, causing a higher risk of cavities and gum disease.

Daily Care to Safeguard Your Smile

To remove harmful particles and keep harmful bacteria from creating plaque, you need to brush your teeth when you wake up and again before bed, for about two minutes each session. Use a toothpaste with fluoride when you do! Before bed, you also need to floss in between each and every tooth, removing the particles trapped there. These steps reduce the severity of plaque until you can see us again for a cleaning, a procedure that removes all buildup from your smile. If you start to experience pain in your tooth, which could be caused by a cavity or infection, let us know. If necessary, we can schedule a time to see you and treat the issue, often in one visit!

Enjoying a Healthier Diet

What you eat and drink also impacts your oral health. Try to avoid candy, chips, and other items high in sugar or starch. Cut back on sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, and fruit juices too, all of which have high amounts or sugars or acids. Instead, consume fresh fruits, veggies low-fat yogurts, cheeses, nuts, and sugar-free gum. Enjoy more water too, water helps cleanse your smile as you drink it. If you have any questions about caring for your smile from home, then please let us know. If you encounter discomfort or have a damaged tooth, then we can schedule a time to see you and treat your smile. Know that our team follows strict safety protocols, regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and scheduling appointments so the waiting room is never filled with people.

Absolute Dental Care In Virginia Beach Is Here To Help

At Absolute Dental Care in Virginia Beach, VA, our team is ready to help you and your family enjoy healthier smiles from home. To learn more about our practice, and what you need to do to maintain a healthy smile, call Absolute Dental Care at (757) 428-7440.