As our state slowly and cautiously comes out of full quarantine and phases into reopening, we’re all eager to get back to “normal.”
As of phase I, we’re excited to finally be open again!
In order to accommodate the large number of people needing to be rescheduled due to appointments that fell between March 17 and May 18, we will be opening up Fridays for appointments for the next few weeks.
With the increased demand, it may be tough to get an appointment, especially for non-urgent, routine care.
We know many of you have missed dental appointments during our closure and are behind on your check-ups.
The good news is: There are still plenty of ways you can proactively take care of your oral health at home until we can see you again!
From our team at Smile Ballard, give these 5 oral health quarantine tips a try:
Quarantine tips to keep your smile healthy
1. Remember: Oral care is self-care
There’s been a lot of talk about taking care of our mental, physical, and emotional health during these difficult times.
When we’re under so much stress, it’s extra important to set aside time for self-care.
But don’t forget:
Taking care of your smile is an important part of self-care!
So give those pearly whites some extra love.
Make time in your day to care for your teeth, the same way you make time to exercise, eat well, and spend quality time with loved ones.
2. Add some fun to your oral routine
With so much change and uncertainty swirling around us, it’s easy to slip up on our good health habits.
If you find yourself struggling to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day, look for ways to freshen the habit up a bit.
Buy a new fun flavor of toothpaste, switch out your toothbrush for a fresh one in a bold color, or even consider investing in an electric version.
3. Make it fun for the kids too
So maybe you have no trouble sticking to your daily brushing and flossing routine …
… but what about your kids?
Getting kids excited about oral health is tough. We get it.
Many parents have found success by playing educational, kid-friendly YouTube videos…Opens in a new window to YouTube video example… as part of their oral health routine.
Lead by example, and make brushing and flossing a family activity.
You may just surprise yourself by having fun too!
4. Eat plenty of nutritious, wholesome foods
Yep, that’s right.
Eating your fruits and veggies isn’t just good for your waistline – it’s good for your smile too!
We know it’s tempting to turn to sugary, processed foods when you’re under stress.
While some indulgence in moderation is okay, your teeth will thank you for years to come when you make healthy eating a habit.
Here are a few foods that are particularly great for your smile:
- Leafy greens
- Green tea
5. Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated is important for the health of your whole body, including your smile.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day and when you eat.
Water helps wash away acids from your mouth that can lead to decay and disease.
We’ll see you again soon
Our bonus quarantine tip: Schedule your next dental appointment now!
While it may take some time, we’ll be back to serving our community in Seattle, WA again soon.
Now is a great time to get your checkup or other dental care appointments on the calendar.
Just click the button below to book an appointment online easily:
Or contact via one of these other convenient means:
In case you missed it, we’re enhancing our infection control standards to keep you, our team, and our community safe as we reopen.
Some things may be a bit different when you come in for your next appointment, so be sure to check out our COVID-19 page for the latest updates.
We can’t wait to see you again soon!