Dear Patients and Friends,
The Covid virus has disrupted our lives in many ways and there is still much uncertainty. While there are many things we can not do, we can and should take care of our health. Since our office like most others have been closed to non emergency dental treatment it is very important to keep up with your dental care while at home. Here are some guidelines to help keep your mouth safe, healthy, and your immune system strong.
- Wash you hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after any dental care.
- Brush at least 2x a day with a fluoride toothpaste. However, brushing after every meal is ideal. Change your brush or brush head every 3 months, after being sick or when you see the end of the bristles fray. Do not store your brush near the faucet or toilet where it can be contaminated by water spray. Do not share your toothbrush.
- Consider using an electric toothbrush or add a waterpik to your routine - both devices have shown to offer a higher level of cleanliness
- Clean between your teeth every day with interdental brushes or floss. Pull the floss through and not down to avoid loosening a filling. For the same reason floss picks are not recommended.
- Consider using a oral rinse 2-3x daily to keep inflammation to a minimum especially if your gums bleed. Warm salt water(1 teaspoon salt) or 3%hydrogen peroxide water (1 part hydrogen peroxide and 2 parts water) gargle and swish for no more then 60 seconds. Spit the solution out after.
- Eat a well balanced diet and drink plenty of water- avoid sweet sticky foods and sugary drinks that can harm the enamel.
- Clean your bathroom surfaces (or the area where you brush your teeth) regularly
- Chew mindfully and be present -this will keep you from biting your lip, cheek or tongue and from breaking your teeth. There are OTC oral gels that can help soothe the pain.
- We also recommend that you avoid hard foods that can crack or break your teeth. You can get OTC temporary filling material from the pharmacy or online.
- If you have a bite guard wear it nightly. If you clench and grind your teeth ( which cause all forms of oral pain)but do not have a bite guard you can purchase one at your local pharmacy or online. When the office reopens we can make you a professional night guard. Due to the stress and anxiety caused by COVID 19 many of you may be clenching or grinding.
- For dental pain, OTC pain medicines can help. You can take a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen, however be sure to follow the bottles’ instructions. If you are experiencing pain with swelling please contact us.
If you have any questions or feel you have a dental emergency please call the office. We may be able to handle your situation over the phone. The answering service with contact Dr. Wang and she will return your call. As a reminder our office is closed for routine dental care until May 5,2020. We hope the guidelines we have provided will help you until then. We also encourage you to check your emails or our Facebook page as there will be information available.
The dental community is continuing to adjust to the rapidly changing climate with COVID 19. The Premier Dental Group of Wellesley team is focused on emergency care, providing guidance in your oral health and staying connected to each other and our patient family. As the situation evolves, we will adjust to federal and state guidelines to ensure the safety of us all. And of course, we will keep you informed.
Stay positive and don’t lose your sparkle ~
Dr Wang and all of us at Premier Dental Group of Wellesley