As many of you are already aware, the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is continuing to affect people and businesses globally, including our own. We want to keep you informed on our response to COVID-19, as well as provide you with some tips on maintaining your dental health during this time.
Paradox Dental’s Response to COVID-19
The health and safety of our patients and our staff is our number one priority. Due to recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have postponed all scheduled dental appointments from March 18th, 2020, to March 31st, 2020.
IF YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT BEFORE APRIL 1st, PLEASE CONSIDER IT POSTPONED.
Our team will be reaching out to patients affected by this unexpected schedule change just as soon as we can return to the office.
If you experience a dental emergency during this crisis,, please CALL or TEXT us at (317)-865-1300 for instructions. Messages will be checked on a regular basis, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
The Paradox Dental Team wishes everyone in our community continued health and safety during this particularly difficult time. We look forward to seeing all of our patients again soon.
Your Dental Health
Even though we are unable to provide preventative care during this time, we want our patients to be vigilant in maintaining their dental health. Here are our tips for maintaining your dental health during the COVID-19 crisis.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Even though all of our schedules are being thrown off by this crisis, you should maintain your regular oral hygiene habits as closely as possible. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice per day. If your dental hygiene appointment has been postponed due to this crisis, maintaining good oral hygiene habits on your own will go a long way in reducing the amount of buildup on your teeth. Once the COVID-19 crisis subsides, you should resume your regular preventative care appointments and come see Paradox Dental once every six months for dental checkups.
Relax Your Jaw
The stress of the COVID-19 crisis alone can have negative effects on your smile. A lot of our patients, especially those who suffer from a TMJ disorder, hold their stress in their facial muscles. As you work, take several breaks throughout the day to relax your face muscles and stretch your jaw. This will help reduce the amount of tension you hold in your facial muscles. Teeth grinding is another common response to stress. If you suspect you’ve been grinding your teeth during this crisis, make sure to mention that at your next dental appointment.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Comfort foods are common coping mechanisms during times of crisis. We want to encourage our patients to practice eating sugary or teeth-staining foods in moderation while they are unable to receive standard preventative care. Foods and beverages like hard candies, sodas, potato chips, coffee, citrus fruits, and teas are all known to be tough on your teeth. Avoid substances that leave behind sticky residues and staining agents on your teeth surfaces. If you do indulge, make sure that you follow up with a thorough brushing and flossing session to reduce your risk for plaque and tartar buildup.