The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has put us all under high amounts of stress. At Kanning Dental, our priority has always been the health and safety of our patients. To combat this stress, we wanted to offer you some information on how you can maintain your dental health during the COVID-19 crisis.
Continue to Brush & Floss Your Teeth
Even though we are all practicing social distancing right now, that doesn’t mean we should all pause on taking care of our smiles. You should continue to practice your best oral hygiene routine including brushing and flossing twice per day. Though this may seem like a simple tip, we know that the COVID-19 crisis has thrown off several of our daily schedules. We do not want our patients to suffer from the consequences of neglecting their oral hygiene after this crisis subsides. Do your best to keep all of your essential hygiene routines, and take care of yourself as you usually would, especially as we all work to get through this crisis together.
Eat A Healthy Diet
We understand that comfort foods and sugary beverages are easy to reach for right now. Unfortunately, a lot of these substances contain staining agents and leave sticky residues on the surfaces of your teeth, which can cause tooth decay and discoloration over time. You should do your best to continue eating a healthy diet during the COVID-19 crisis. Foods and beverages like hard candies, sodas, citrus fruits, coffees, potato chips, and teas are all known for being tough on your teeth. If you do indulge in these snacks, make sure to follow them up with a thorough brushing and flossing session to prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
Relax Your Jaw
Many of our patients hold a lot of their stress in their facial muscles and jaw. If you find yourself grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw in response to the stress of COVID-19, this is something to bring up at your next dental appointment. Our doctors can offer you TMJ therapy. In the meantime, take periodic breaks throughout your day to relax your facial muscles and stretch your jaw around. This will help reduce the amount of tension you are holding in your facial muscles. If you experience headaches, earaches, or jaw pain of any kind, make sure to mention this at your next appointment as well so we can best treat you and prevent future discomfort.
We wish everyone in our community continued health and safety during this very stressful time. Call our Richmond, MO dentist office at (816) 776-7134 or our Lawson MO office at (816) 580-4191 for more information on scheduling your next dental appointment. Our dental care team is one of the most highly trained and experienced in the area and provides comprehensive dental services for patients of all ages. We look forward to seeing all of our patients again soon!