How Do You Protect Your Smile’s Health From Home?

Many people in our community are staying home and practicing social distancing to help prevent the continued spread of COVID-19. But just because you’re going to be home bound more than usual, doesn’t mean you should neglect your smile! In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentist talks about what steps you can take to help safeguard you and your family’s oral health from home.

How Does a Cavity or Periodontal Disease Form?

Tooth decay is a common oral health issue that impacts people of all ages. The outer enamel protects the sensitive inner tooth structure from bacteria. But when the enamel becomes weakened and erodes, usually due to injured teeth or plaque buildup, this allows bacteria to reach the dentin and cause a cavity. Periodontal disease occurs when the gums become inflamed, causing gingivitis, and if the issue isn’t treated quickly enough, gum disease. The gum tissue then become sore, looks red, and bleeds easily. With routine care, you can help lower the severity of plaque buildup until we can see you again to clean your teeth. With daily care, you lower your risk of these common oral health issues!

Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth

You should brush your teeth twice a day, once when you wake up and again before going to bed. Each session should last about two minutes and use brushes with soft bristles, which helps protect your smile from inadvertent damage. Before going to bed at night, you also need to floss thoroughly. When we floss our teeth, this removes food particles a toothbrush alone cannot reach. You should move the tape up and down each side of every tooth, dipping below the gum line to access and remove trapped food particles.

Choosing Healthier Snacks

Sugary and starchy snacks, like candy, chips, and chocolates, could increase the risk of plaque buildup as bacteria break down these particles. The same goes for beverages high in sugar and acid, like sports drinks, sodas, energy drinks, and fruit juices. Instead, try to drink more water, which rinses your mouth and contains no sugar or starch. Also, choose healthy snack options, like fruit, vegetables, low-fat yogurt, sugar-free gum, nuts, and cheeses. If you have any questions about safeguarding your smile from home, then contact our team today to learn more.


If you have any questions about caring for your smile from home, or if you find yourself faced with a dental emergency situation, then contact our team today. To schedule an appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312. Our office welcomes patients from Austin, MN and surrounding communities.