Many of us are staying in to stay healthy. Families are working and schooling from home, and others are just staying indoors. The COVID-19 endemic has impacted our everyday lives, including scheduled dental care. Keeping up with your daily oral habits while being at home can help avoid a trip to the dentist.

Dental visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The American Dental Association (ADA) has called on dentists across the U.S. to only see patients with urgent dental care during this period to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (ADA). Click here to see a guide of dental care visits you can reschedule and dental care that should be taken care by a dentist at this time. If you are not sure, call your dentist to determine the best course of action.

Make time for your oral care while staying at home.

You may find that your oral health is not a priority while staying in, but making sure you and your family keep up with their daily oral care habits can help reduce cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Dental problems that require a dentist to treat. Here are some dental care tips to help you and your family have good oral health.

  • Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste morning and night for two minutes to remove food, stains, and bacteria. This helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You may even try brushing your teeth after each meal.
  • Floss at least once a day to help remove plaque and excess food particles in areas your toothbrush cannot reach.
  • Use mouthwash to help reduce plaque and gingivitis. This may be a helpful addition for some people. Mouthwash is not recommended for children younger than 6 years of age, but a fluoride rinse can be used and is helpful.
  • Choose meals, snacks, and beverages that are healthy and low in sugar.
  • Limit the number of snacks per day.
  • Drink water to stay hydrated.
  • Do not use tobacco products. Smoking, vaping or chewing tobacco can lead to serious dental problems and make it more difficult to treat them.

Dental Emergencies.

If you need urgent dental care, call your dentist or the Health Referral Line at 1-800-564-8448. Guidance for the next steps will be provided. If you have Medi-Cal benefits and have a dental emergency during the COVID-19 restrictions, Medi-Cal can help find a dentist. Call 1-800-322-6384 for assistance. Click here for a list of medical and dental health centers open in Orange County during COVID-19 restrictions.

Click on the link below for information on the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19. Find information, guidance, answers to frequently asked questions, and resources for health professionals and homeless care providers.

Visit these sites for more dental care tips.

SmileHabitsOC.org. Oral health information and dental care tips for the whole family.

Mouthhealthy.org. Learn more about dental appointments and the corona virus. Five tips to care for your dental health when you are sick and more.

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