As most of you are aware, the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is affecting many people and businesses, including our own. We want to keep you updated on our response to COVID-19 in addition to how you can continue maintaining your dental health at home.
Park Dental’s Response to COVID-19
The safety of both our staff and our patients is our top priority.
Our office is open for emergency dental care and tele-dentistry. All elective dental services including but not limited to routine hygiene appointments, orthodontic procedures, and initiation of any crowns, bridges, or dentures will be rescheduled for a later date. Please call our office at 614-254-5116 for more information.
In efforts to ensure the safety of our staff and of our patients, we will continue following the guidelines provided by Governor Mike Dewine and the Ohio Dental Association. You can learn more about those guidelines here.
We wish everyone in our community continued health and safety during this crisis. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust to these new precautions. We look forward to seeing you again in our office soon.
Your Dental Health
It’s important that our patients continue to prioritize their dental health even under crisis. We do not want our patients to deal with the consequences of neglecting their dental health after COVID-19 subsides. This is why we’ve put together our three best tips in maintaining your dental health during COVID-19.
Eat A Balanced Diet
While under these unusually high amounts of stress, patients should avoid overindulging in comfort foods that leave sticky residues and staining agents on their teeth. Foods and beverages like hard candies, sodas, citrus fruits, coffees, potato chips, teas, and tomato-based sauces are all known to be tough on your teeth. Consuming these substances is fine in moderation, but please make sure to follow them up by a thorough brushing and flossing session to ensure there is no plaque or tartar buildup to deal with later.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Now that your preventative hygiene appointments have been rescheduled, it’s important that you continue to practice good oral hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing and flossing go a long way in reducing the amount of problematic buildup on your teeth. Even though all of our daily routines are thrown off right now due to COVID-19, try to stick to your regular hygiene habits as much as possible.
Relax Your Jaw
Many of our patients hold their stress in their facial muscles. This can lead to headaches, earaches, and jaw pain. Additionally, patients may find themselves grinding their teeth during this stressful time. To reduce the tension held in your facial muscles, take several breaks while you are working throughout the day to relax your muscles and stretch your jaw. Practice stress management techniques before bed like breathing exercises. If you suspect you’ve been grinding your teeth during this stressful time, make sure to mention this at your next dental appointment when this crisis subsides.