With the coronavirus pandemic, we encourage everyone to stay at home and practice social distancing. The best way to implement social distancing and to prevent the spread of the virus is to self-quarantine.
In this situation, Urbandale Smiles has chosen to cease all regular dental procedures and only treat patients with dental emergencies. We are taking this step to comply with ADA recommendations according to which all dental offices nationwide should postpone their elective dental procedures for the next three weeks and focus only on emergency dental care to restrict the spread of COVID-19.
We Are Providing All Emergency Dental Care Services
We want our clients to understand that this decision was not made as a result of someone contracting the virus. Instead, we decided to halt our regular services to avoid close personal contact with our patients and reduce the spread of the virus. However, we have only ceased non-urgent treatments. Our team will still be providing treatment for patients who experience a dental emergency such as severe dental pain, gum swelling, and infections.
While in self-quarantine, make sure to take care of your physical and mental health, eat the right foods to boost your immune system, and practice good oral hygiene to promote dental health. This is also the perfect time to teach your children the importance of having proper dental hygiene practices like regular brushing and flossing.
Here are six tips to take care of your oral health while you are in self-quarantine.
- Make sure to brush your teeth and tongue at least twice a day.
- Use interdental floss to remove debris and plaque that collects between two teeth.
- Make sure to floss your teeth at least once a day.
- Use mouthwash when rinsing and gargling to remove plaque and kill bacteria.
- Avoid eating foods that are very high in sugar, such as sweets. Instead, try substituting sweet beverages with other foods like milk and yogurt.
- Eat leafy vegetables, garlic, coconut oil, and spirulina to boost your immune system.
- Drink lots of water consistently to wash away acids in your mouth.
Please call us at 515.224.5999 if you have a dental injury or any other kind of dental emergency. Also, schedule a video appointment with us if you want to discuss your dental problem or want to know more about how to protect your dental health while you are in self-quarantine.
Also, please note that we are planning to reopen our routine dental services as soon as possible.