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Forget the fads, your teeth deserve real treatment.

The pandemic has changed the way we take care of ourselves. While many things in our lives have been put on hold, dentistry remains an essential service that should not be delayed in these challenging times.

It’s best to just forget the fads. Regular dental appointments do more for your dental health in the long run.

Only a dentist can spot dental problems early, before they become costly and more difficult to treat. While you may have to travel further than your doorstep to see your dentist, you should know that your safety is their priority. Dentists are using their experience as infection control experts to keep their offices safe during the pandemic. Learn how on our COVID-19 page.

Your dentist is ready to see you. Take the first step and make an appointment.

Need a dentist? Find one in your area using our Find an ODA Dentist tool.

What you can do to take care of your teeth between visits

You can still do your part to maintain good oral health from home. Regular self-care with proven methods is really important. Here are some tips you can follow between visits to stay on top of your oral health.
  • Brush your teeth using the proper technique at least twice a day for two to three minutes each day.
  • Floss daily. It’s more effective than brushing alone, as it helps to remove food debris and bacteria from places the toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Eat a healthy diet, rich in calcium, phosophorus, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D and omega-3 fats.
  • Quit or cut back on smoking.
  • If you’re consuming marijuana, do so in moderation. Marijuana smoke can cause dry mouth, staining and oral cancer. THC can weaken your immune system.
  • Be mindful of stress. Regular exercise, meditation and deep breathing can help diminish the negative impact of stress on your mouth and immune system.
  • Snack in moderation, and swish with water after eating sugary snacks to help wash away sugar and acid.
  • Chew sugarless gum to help stimulate saliva flow and avoid dry mouth. That salivary stimulation helps protect your teeth from decay-causing bacteria.
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